July 2010 Gardening Events in Chicago

I had planned to make monthly posts here about gardening events, blogs and people around Chicago, but I've lost track of time this season. July gives us the opportunity to grow a second harvest and gives me a second chance to bring up some links.

The 52nd Annual Dearborn Garden Walk is July 18, 2010. I've got a post (including photo gallery) about the tour there.

Rachel, of On the Shores of Lake Chicago, reminds us that the Midwest Pond and Koi Society pond tour takes place July 24-25 and July 31-August 1.

The Rogers Park Garden Group's 4th Annual Garden Meander is July 27 from 6-8:30 pm.

There are still four Sustainable Backyard workshops available this year so you can participate in the rebate program for rain barrels and compost bins in Chicago.

You can play bingo to support Chicago's community gardens every Wednesday night at the Hide Out. Each week a new community garden is highlighted at Veggie Bingo. You should check it out. Now through September.

Garfield Park Conservatory Events:

Tree ID Walks- July 16 from 10am-noon

Free for participants!

Walks leave at 10:00am from the Conservatory’s front lobby

Spring, summer, & fall - learn to identify city trees throughout the seasons with tree-keeper

Jim DeHorn of the Openlands Project. Jim will explore the trees of beautiful and historic Garfield Park. Interested children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately for the weather - walks take place rain or shine!

Art & Nature Series: Weaving the Wonder of Nature- July 31, from 10am-noon

Free, however pre-registration required (see below)

Come to this hands-on workshop, where we will explore a number of techniques incorporating looms and natural materials. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Chicago Public Library’s celebration of “Reading is Art-Rageous” theme.

Program is free, but requires pre-registration with the Chicago Public Library. Please call and register at this Chicago Public Library # as space is limited. (312) 747 4011

Location: The Jensen Room @ the Garfield Park Conservatory

Harvesting and Using Your Compost- July 24 from 1-3pm Free!

Now is the time to start harvesting that finished compost from spring. Learn how to use your compost as mulch and potting mix. Compost sifting will be demonstrated.

Chicago Botanic Garden Events

Summer is all about growing and enjoying delicious, healthy food. Don’t miss these tasty events: Farmers’ Market, the first and third Sundays of the month; Garden Chef Series, every Saturday and Sunday; and the Farm Dinner on July 28.

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