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Posted on February 09, 2011


Beth Botts writes on gardening for the Chicago Tribune, Organic Gardening magazine, and Chicagoland Gardening magazine
Spring Lies Beneath:  What’s Behind the Yearly Miracle  
Tuesday, February 22, 7pm
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon
It may still be cold and snowy but it’s never too early to think Spring, blooms, and share the joy of gardening. Join us for the first meeting of the season at Uncommon Ground where long-time Chicago Tribune gardening writer, master gardener, and Openlands Treekeeper Beth Botts will talk about all the good things happening in the frozen landscape, even during the depth of winter.  Tours of the frozen “landscape” of the Uncommon Ground rooftop garden will also be available.

Come in from the cold, see familiar faces, meet new friends, and enjoy dinner at Uncommon Ground for 10% off (see coupon below).
RPGG meetings are free to members; $5 all others. Membership is $10 per calendar year. Save time and join online.

Save 10% off your dinner at Uncommon Ground on
Tuesday, 2/22 for RPGG meeting attendees.
Join the RPGG for a midwinter meeting on all things vegetable gardening. In the spirit of the topic, Uncommon Ground offers you 10% off the price of your dinner (not including tax and gratiuity).  Please bring this coupon to Uncommon Ground on Devon Avenue on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, and present it to your server.

Check out the changing Uncommon Ground menu here. Also enjoy $6 Martinis that evening while listening to open mic night. For all Uncommon Ground music events, visit their calendar here.


Offer Expires: Good only Tuesday, Feburary 22, 2011 for RPGG meeting attendees

Once again the RPGG will make available grants for garden projects in the public way for amounts from $100-$1000, depending on the size of the project. Just as with last year’s program, we can provide gardening counsel and advice in addition to funds for plants and soil amendments. Visit the Adopt the Public Way page on the RPGG website for more information or click here for the appplication and guidelines.

The RPGG Adopt the Public Way grants program is funded by your community gardening donations, the spring sale, and the fall Garden of Treasures Sale & Fundraiser. You can read about the 2008 and 2009 garden grant awards and see presentations of the garden projects on the RPGG website here. As part of our mission to build our community through beauty, camaraderie and involvement, the RPGG’s goal is to fund as many diverse projects and people as possible. In the past several years, residents, businesses, schools, houses of worship, and organizations have taken advantage of the grants program. If you have the energy and vision, we can help with the gardening advice and matching funds.  Fill out the application now to request help in getting a new garden going in 2011!

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