Senator Dick Durbin recently visited two west side locations where the Chicago Botanic Garden is training people to grow healthy food for their communities: the Windy City Harvest garden at the Arturo Valasquez Institute and the Cook County Boot Camp garden. He spoke with participants who are learning how to grow organic vegetables and sell them in communities that don’t have access to fresh produce. Visit chicagobotanic.org/windycityharvest for additional information.
Club CBG at the Chicago Botanic Garden welcomes school-age children to come once a week for fun, hands-on, educational opportunities outside of school. Three six-week program sessions allow children in grades 2 – 5 to discover the Garden in fall, winter, and spring. They use scientific tools, plan and plant a garden, explore native habitats and more! Visit chicagobotanic.org/afterschool/clubcbg for more information.
The Losing Paradise exhibition of botanical illustrations of endangered plants will be on display at the Chicago Botanic Garden through April 4, 2010. Read more about this amazing exhibition at chicagobotanic.org/exhibitions/losing-paradise.