Thursday, April 19

And the One Seed Chicago 2012 Winner Is

The winner of the One Seed Chicago 2012 election will be announced at the Green & Growing Urban Gardening Fair. The Green & Growing Fair will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The fair take place throughout the conservatory and is fun for the whole family and a fantastic resource for community gardeners and gardeners of all kinds.

Stop by the One Seed Chicago table to pick up a packet of the One Seed Chicago 2012 winner. If you voted you'll get your seed packet in the mail, but you can also get a free packet on this day. We'll be trying something new this year at the One Seed Chicago table. Not only will you be able to get a seed pack of the winner, but we'll be hosting a mini-seed swap there. Bring seeds you've saved from your garden (packaged and labeled) and swap them with other One Seed Chicago participants.

Outside in the courtyard area you can create newspaper pots with conservatory staff and plant the seeds of the One Seed Chicago 2012 winner for free.

You'll also have the opportunity to buy seedlings of the winner at the Garfield Park Conservatory seedling table and help raise funds for the conservatory.

Can't get enough of seeds and seedlings? In the children's garden you can sow seeds for a pizza garden to take home with you.

Other "Stop and Grow" Stations at  Green & Growing Fair

  • How to keep bees and make compost in the city, presented by volunteers from the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
  • How to conserve water and other helpful tips for community gardeners, presented by NeighborSpace’s Growing Station garden
  • How to build a mini raised garden bed with staff from Openlands
  • How to get involved with your local advisory council with information provided by Friends of the Park
  • How to make ladybug habitats and bee fountains for your garden from Growing Home staff, as well as receive important information on plants to include and pesticides to avoid in your garden.
  • How to, using a specially designed deck of cards, design your community garden space with fellow community gardeners at Archeworks “Grow It Yourself” station.
  • How donate garden harvest to local food pantries, presented by folks from the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Don't Miss

  • Miniature Worm Compost bins, just the right size for composting in your kitchen. These bins have been constructed by the Garfield Park Conservatory Green Teens, an 'After School Matters' program. 
  • The KOCHTERRII™ pepper, on sale for the first time, is hotter than a jalapeƱo but tamer than a cayenne. This new pepper, bred by Garfield Park Conservatory horticulturists Koch Unni and Terri Reardon, is brand spanking new variety, created right here in Sweet Home Chicago.
  • Get your tools sharp and ready for their future garden ground breaking at Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm’s Tool Sharpening table.

Landscape in the City at Public Presentation Sessions

Presented by: The Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program
Location: Community Room
Sessions: 11:30- 12:30, 1:15- 2:15, 3:00- 4:00
Come to one or all of these free presentation and question and answer sessions, to learn more about maintaining public urban landscapes in a sustainable and community-oriented way. No registration required, but space limited. Arrive early.

11:30am- 12:30pm- Going Wild or Going Native: Knowing Your Weeds and Your Perennials
Having a difficult time separating out the weeds from the perennials? Come ask questions and find out more information about basic plant care, recommended low maintenance/native plants and weed identification for public urban spaces. Presenters include Kevin Carroll from CDOT and Trish Beckjord from Midwest Groundcovers.

1:15pm- 2:15pm-Composting and Rain Harvesting: Living Green and Sustainable
From composting to rain harvesting, there are many ways to utilize sustainable practices at home and in the garden. Find out more about methods to collect storm water, composting, and other sustainable options. Presenters include Sarah Abu-Absi from the Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program, Emily Shelton from the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Amber Gribben from Urban Worm Girl.

3:00pm- 4:00pm-Sustaining Community Spaces
Community gardens and landscape improvements in the public way have to start somewhere. Find out how community members have gotten involved to improve and maintain their neighborhoods and the City services that give support. Presenters include John Chikow, President and CEO of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and Ty Tabing, Executive Director of the Chicago Loop Alliance.


  • Shop the Silent Auction for Gardening Tools and Treasures and help raise money for GreenNet, and also peruse our used gardening book and magazine sale.
  • Food and live music.
  • Lots of great plants and products to help you start and grow your garden.


Think Green! Take the CTA Green Line to the new Conservatory-Central Park Drive Station. The station is just steps away from the Garfield Park Conservatory. 

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Please note: the Conservatory is located at the “Conservatory-Central Park” stop of the Green line on the West Side of Chicago, not the “Garfield” stop on the South Side at 55th St.

DROP-OFF-For bus, taxi and automobile drop-off of passengers there is a designated drop-off area directly in front of the Conservatory's main entrance on Central Park Ave.
FREE PARKING is just south of the Conservatory's main entrance.

DRIVING-Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290). Exit at Independence Boulevard (Exit 26A) and travel north. Turn right (east) onto Washington Boulevard. Turn left (north) onto Central Park Avenue.(3600W) Travel two blocks north past the Garfield Park Golden Dome field house and the Lake Street public transit line. The Conservatory is on the west side of the street at 300 N. Central Park Ave.

We hope to see you there, and don't forget to pick up a free seed packet of the winner and swap seeds at the One Seed Chicago table. Follow @OneSeedChicago on Twitter or to get updates and reminders on the Green & Growing Fair. 

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