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Chicago Botanic Garden: A living museum, the Chicago Botanic Garden is built on nine islands that house a collection of more than 2.3 million plants in 23 specialty gardens, three native habitats, six miles of shoreline, and 81 acres of waterways. The mission of the Garden is topromote the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants and the natural world.

The mission of the Garden’s plant conservation efforts is to conserve global biodiversity through the study of, and dissemination of information about, rare native plants and communities.

Troy-Bilt: In 1937, Troy-Bilt introduced the first American-made rototiller. Troy-Bilt has expanded on its legendary expertise and durable product line to create a complete selection of the industry’s finest lawn and garden tools. Troy-Bilt’s award-winning product line includes top-quality tractors, mowers, tillers, cultivators, trimmers and a variety of outdoor power tools. Troy-Bilt machines are built to last and engineered to take on the toughest challenges to make jobs simpler and safer. For more information, visit

Proven Winners: Proven Winners is the leading brand of high quality flowering plants in North America, sold under the Proven Winners name. We're grateful for their support and ask that you visit their website and shop Proven Winners.

Botanical Interests: is a family owned seed company that offers high quality garden seeds. Their goal is to inspire and educate gardeners. The seed packaging merges art, gardening and science. With over 500 varieties, they have many popular favorites as well as heirloom, organic and gourmet seed varieties.

Sunset magazine is the premier guide to life in the 13 western states, covering the newest and best ideas in Western gardening and landscaping, home design and decorating, food and entertaining, and travel. The magazine has five zoned editions to give readers regional Garden and Travel ideas, and is read by nearly 5 million people each month. is the 24/7 how-to arm of the magazine. Its Garden section includes guides to edible gardening, backyard projects, going organic, saving water, garden design, climate maps, how-to videos, and more. Garden writers Jim McCausland and Sharon Cohoon update Fresh Dirt daily with their latest scouting finds, garden events, tips, and ideas. We hope to see you there!

YouGrowGirl:was launched by Gayla Trail in early 2000 and has grown into a thriving online community that speaks to a new kind of gardener, seeking to redefine the modern world relationship to plants. This contemporary, laid-back approach to gardening places equal importance on environmentalism, style, affordability, art, and humour.

Chicago Honey Co-op: In the winter of 2004,three passionate urban beekeepers conceived and created Chicago Honey Co-op. Their purpose was simple, to provide job training opportunities for the under-employed while operating a small business model that is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices and aims for the highest product of quality standards.

Renee's Garden: Renee's Garden is a personal selection of time-tested heirlooms, superior open-pollinated seed varieties and the best international hybrids all chosen for great flavor, easy culture and exceptional garden performance. This company is Renee's way of sharing the joy of gardening as a productive and satisfying activity that connects us to each other and the earth. Renee's Garden seeds are available online and at fine nurseries and garden centers.

Ethel Gloves: are fashionable gardening gloves made to fit women's hands, offering full function and protection. When the Ethel Gloves team was creating the current line of gloves, we focused on creating quality gloves with style, inherent functionality, and integrity. The result? Gloves that are:
* Fashion-forward and stylish
* Made to fit women's hands for maximum comfort
* Durable and tough, yet refined
* Designed to protect with an elasticized extended cuff and reinforced fingertips
* Full of function and have greater dexterity with rubberized grip
* Machine washable
Ethel Gloves are currently available in five styles: Signature, Expression, Gala, Rendezvous and Jubilee. All styles are available in sizes small, medium and large.

The Garden Guys, with your host Jim Zoppo, Layanee DeMerchant, and Sam Jeffries, air Sunday mornings from 6:00AM-10:00AM and stream live from the website at Please check website for current radio information They are 'Down to Earth, Up to Date, and On the Air' to answer all of your gardening questions with an emphasis on organic methods and tools. Call in during the show with your questions at Toll Free 1-888-GGEWISE (1-888-443-9473). So sit back, relax, and be ready for some entertaining and educational fun with the Garden Guys.

Garden Shoes Online: Is a family-owned online retailer specializing in garden shoes and other gardening accessories. Featuring Muck Garden Shoes and LawnGrips, we offer brand names shoes, clogs and boots at bargain prices. We stand behind our products and services and we go above and beyond to ensure that our customers are always satisfied.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Plant a Row for the Hungry and Feeding America have joined forces in an effort to provide fresh produce to the hungry this summer by asking Americans to take the GroGood pledge: Grow a garden for the greater good. To launch the GroGood pledge campaign, ScottsMiracle-Gro will donate 1 million pounds of produce and call on Americans to help double that donation by pledging to grow and donate an additional 1 million pounds of fresh produce to help feed those at risk for hunger.

Fulfilling the pledge is as easy as planting an edible garden – adding a pot, plot or row for those in need – and donating the extra harvest to a participating soup kitchen, food or hunger relief agency. To get started, consumers can visit to take the pledge, obtain tips and techniques on how to grow an edible garden, and how to find information on local food agencies that accept fresh produce donations.

Waking up in Eden by Lucinda Fleeson: An unexpected offer to work at a celebrated and mysterious botanical garden on the island of Kauai restores a woman’s passion for life and reveals an exotic, endangered, paradise. Available June 16, 2009.

The Penguin Press was founded in 2003 by Ann Godoff and launched its debut list in the Winter of 2004. Dedicated to publishing literary nonfiction and select fiction, its distinguished roster of authors include, among others, John Berendt, Ron Chernow, Steve Coll, Ruth Reichl, James M. McPherson, Alan Greenspan, Michael Pollan, Thomas Pynchon, Thomas E. Ricks, Frank Rich, Mark Helprin, David Nasaw, Zadie Smith, Gordon Wood, Maira Kalman, Jerome Groopman, James B. Stewart, Samantha Power, Daniel Yergin, Bryan Burrough, Naill Ferguson, Michael Kimmelman, Roger Lowenstein, Claire Tomalin, and Eric Schlosser. In its first six years, The Penguin Press has published numerous New York Times and national bestsellers, earning an array of prestigious prizes and citations that include the Pulitzer Prize, the James Beard Award, the Orange Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Man Asian Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Arthur Ross Book Award, the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

We're open to sponsors (large or small) who would like to place their brand, products or information on their services in the gardening, blogging or photography field directly in the hands of the people who help shape public perception on the internet. Sponsors will receive banner advertisement on this blog, a special post here with links to their blogs and certain CSF committee members have agreed to create a post about them on their blogs.

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