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The Rogers Park Garden Group April News

Posted on April 16, 2010

Happy Spring!
Now that spring has sprung so too have gardeners and gardening activities all around the city. Our calendar is chock full of meetings, markets, plant sales, workshops, and even neighborhood music performances. Having a tough time trying to keep up with all the action? We have the solution: visit and click on “Community Calendar,” scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the little button that says RSS. From there you will be able to subscribe to the feed and have the events stream right into your online or Outlook calendar (or you can view them online or print them out by month). Never miss an RPGG meeting, a local plant sale, garden walk, or the new Glenwood Sunday Market that begins June 6 on Glenwood between Morse and Lunt. The calendar is updated frequently with all the events we know about (if you know of an item that is not on our calendar, please email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).
We were delighted to see so many faces at the February meeting at Uncommon Ground. A big thank you to Helen Cameron and Uncommon Ground for lending us their space and providing such delicious appetizers. Natalie Pfiser gave an incredibly informative talk on container vegetable gardening and the Uncommon Ground farming experience. Then Amber from The Urban Worm Girl got people very excited about adopting wiggly friends to help reduce waste and make compost for their gardens. We also thank Ramon of One Seed Chicago and the Mr Brown Thumb blog for talking to us about the 2010 winning Chicago seed that will be announced on April 24 at the Green a& Growing Urban Gardening Fair at Garfield Park Conservatory.

Next on tap is the April RPGG meeting on April 27 on the Revolution in Open Space
. Come hear Beth White of the Trust for Public Land and Kathy Dickhut of the Sustainable Development Division of the Chicago Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning—two of the people most involved in creating the Chicago of our future—talk about how and where open spaces are being carved out for farms, orchards, and more. The meeting gets started at 7 pm, and the plant forum at 6:30. The 2010 Adopt the Public Way grants will also be awarded at this meeting. Come see what projects your neighbors have planned to green Rogers Park this year.
The full season line up of events, including the spring plant sale, ever popular garden meander, and fall garden of treasures sale, is available online here. Stay tuned for details on a special field trip that the RPGG will be offering to work and tour a unique urban garden.
Check the RPGG website frequently. In the “News You Can Use” section on the home page you will find great information and special offers. Where else could you learn about getting cheap manure delivered to your yard and free tickets to an a cappella concert serenading all things birds and bees? New gardening and local organization websites are also announced, along with much more.
As you prepare your garden this spring, please consider saving any garden and garden-themed items for the RPGG Garden of Treasures sale in September. Your trash can be turned into someone else’s treasure with the proceeds going to green Rogers Park. Also, the RPGG Spring Plant Sale is scheduled for Sunday, June 13. If you have plants to divide and would like to donate them to the sale, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We will only be selling plants at the Spring PLANT sale (in other words, save your non-plant stuff for the fall Garden of Treasures sale).

The RPGG will be at the North Lake Shore Earth Day on April 17 at the Quinlan Life Sciences building from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Please stop by our table where you can pay RPGG dues and buy some of our beautiful calendars and notecards. The proceeds from the sale of these items helps to fund the RPGG so that we can keep dues low but provide members and the community with great benefits including the website, monthly newsletters, and garden meander reception, among other member benefits. The Earth Day events include workshops and demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, and a green fair with over 50 vendors and organizations. Mike Nowak is the keynote speaker. For more information, visit the Earth Day website.
With the turn of the calendar, it’s also time to renew your RPGG dues. Only $10 gets you admission to every meeting and the annual garden meander and reception (a member only event). This year the meander will feature the gardens along the Ridge Ave. corridor, ending with yet another fabulous reception, this year on the grounds of St. Scholastica. Renew or join online (scroll down for the Paypal button) and avoid the crowds at the April meeting.
See you gardening around the neighborhood!
The Rogers Park Garden Group
The Revolution in Open Space
Beth White, Trust for Public Land, and Kathy Dickhut, Chicago Dept of Zoning and Land Use Planning
Tuesday, April 27, 7 pm
Plant forum begins at 6:30 - bring a plant, get a free raffle ticket
RP Presbyterian Church, Greenleaf & Greenview, 2nd floor
Urban open spaces are being carved out in the most unusual spots for the most unusual reasons. . . for farms, orchards, museums, ecosystems, environmental mitigation. Done right, this movement has the potential to chance the way we live in urban areas, our energy consumption, our art and culture, our recreation. Is it a revolution? Come hear two of the people most involved in creating the Chicago of our future. Read more . . .
In addition to our fabulous speakers, the 2010 Adopt the Public Way grants will also be awarded.Learn about what public gardening projects we will see around the neighborhood this spring and summer.
Don’t forget the plant forum where you can bring plants to discuss.  Everyone who brings plants to the forum will receive one complimentary raffle ticket with a free chance to win the monthly raffle item.
RPGG meetings are free to members; $5 all others. Membership is $10 per calendar year. Join


It’s time to renew your RPGG dues for 2010. Your dues help pay meeting and event expenses, and cover the cost of the newsletter and website, and promotional materials for our fundraising and adopt the public way grants programs. For just a little money, we hope you find the return on your investment invaluable.
Join or renew online here (there is a slight mark up to cover the Paypal costs which should not be more than the cost of a stamp and envelope). Scroll down to the Paypal buttons. You can also renew at the April meeting (but online is faster).
Thanks for your support!


Look for these and other events of interest on the Community Calendar section of the RPGG website. Subscribe to the RSS feed or friend RPGG Gardens on Facebook to get real time notice of events.
Transition Rogers Park Film Series: Food Fight
Wed., April 14, 7 pm - 9 pm
No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood
The final film in a four part series, “Food Fight,” by Chris Taylor, looks at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement rebelled against big agribusiness to launch the local organic food movement.
Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair
Fri., 4/16 - Sun., 4/18, 10 am - 5 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Celebrating 10 years, the Antiques & Garden Fair offers classical and contemporary garden furnishings, botanical art, and home and garden design from more than 100 exhibitors from the U.S. and Europe. Tickets $10-$15. Purchase tickets online at

North Lake Shore Earth Day 2010: Recipe for a Healthy Planet

Sat., April 17, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Quinlan Life Sciences Building, Loyola Campus, 1050 W. Sheridan
Exciting programming including a keynote address by Mike Nowak, Master Gardener, Humorist, and WCPT radio personlity; cooking demonstrations on affordable organic and seasonal cooking; a film festival featuring “Fresh” and “A Quiet Revolution,” narrated by Meryl Streep, and informative and fun workshops on growing your own, taking a closer look at food policy, and local community initiatives that are taking sustainability to the next level. Children 5-12 will join the fun with a full day of programming at the Kids Corner. Free.
Rogers Park Metra Community Spring Garden Prep Day
Sat., April 17, 11 am
Rogers Park Metra Station, Greenleaf & Ravenswood
Time to clean up the Metra station garden. Bring gardening tools, water, and strudy shoes or boots and dig in for some weeding, mulching, trimming, and whatever else needs to be done. Rain date: April 18.  For more information, visit the blog.

49th Ward Spring Clean Up

Sat., April 17, 9 am - 2 pm
49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview
Join Alderman Joe Moore and help beautify the community by cleaning up. “Taste of Rogers Park” follows hungry workers. The ward office will provide brooms, rakes, shovels, and bags. For additional information, contact the office at 773-338-5796 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit

glenwood sunday market logoGlenwood Sunday Market Volunteer Outreach Meet & Greet
Sun., April 18, 11 am - 12:20 pm
The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood
The new Glenwood Sunday Market will launch Sunday, June 6, but more volunteers are needed to help make it a success.  This informational get together will showcase how you can help. People are needed to set up tables and tents, help farmers and vendors, greet guests, work the education tent, offer demonstrations, coordinate entertainment, provide bookkeeping support, and more. Refreshments will be served. For more information on the market, visit

The Birds and the Bees—Chicago a cappella

Sun., April 18, 4 pm - 6 pm
Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston
A spring concert incorporating songs about everything from bugs to birds to blossoming romance. Special buy one, get one free to RPGG members if purchased in advance. Call 773-755-1628, and mention the Rogers Park Garden Group to receive your discount. For more information, visit

Chicago Symphony Musicians Benefit Concert for Northside Catholic Academy

Sun., April 18, 3 pm - 5 pm
St. Gertrude Church, 1420 W. Granville
The Vidula String Quartet offers a program in two parts: the first half for children that includes lively explanations of how great music comes to life, interwoven with excerpts of everything from Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel, and Schubert to “Meet the Flinstones” and music from “The Siimpsons.” The second half of the concert will feature Franz Schubert’s Quartet in D minor. Suggested donation: $20 adult; $10 student. For more information, contact Max Raimi at 773-381-1331 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

From Obama to Asian Carp, What’s Up with Environmental Policy? An Earth Day Panel Discussion

Mon., April 19, 6:30 pm - 9 pm
49th Ward Democratic Party Office, 1774 W. Greenleaf
A panel discussion with Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, Debra Shore, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation Districct, and Alderman Joe Moore on recent environmental policy changes, the Asian carp situation, and the drive to clean up Chicago’s coal-fired power plants. Come early for food and refreshments.
North of Howard Parks Advisory Councils Meeting
Tues., April 20, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Willye B. White Community Center, 1610 W. Howard Ave.

greennet18th Annual Green & Growing Urban Gardening Fair

Sat., April 24, 10 am - 3 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park
Free admission to fair to get your gardening season off to a great start. Live music, demonstrations, workshops, and much more. For more information, visit
A Park Is Your Front Yard: Indian Boundary Park and the Gubbins, McDonnel & Blietz Co-ops, 1915-1929
Sun., April 25, 3 pm - 5 pm
Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center, 2500 W. Lunt
The Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council and the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society invite you to join them for the opening of a new exhibit. Come for a coffee and dessert reception and be the first to view the new exhibit and enjoy the soothing tones of the center piano. Admission: $5 adult; $1 children under 12. All proceeds benefit the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council. For more information, visit

Rogers Park Business Alliance FUNdraiser

Wed., April 28, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave.
Get a sneak preview of the newly renovated Mayne Stage as they open their doors for an event to benefit the Rogers Park Business Alliance. On the program is live entertainment from Bossa Tres., a Taste of Rogers Park food extravaganza, complimentary beer and wine, a silent auction and the chance to mix and mingle with 300 people from Rogers Park and around the city. $75. Tickets can be purchased at or contact RPBA at 773-508-5885 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Northtown Garden Society has launched a new website at
Chicago Rarities Orchard Project is a new organization founded to establish “community rare-fruit orchards” in Chicago. These orchards, designed for reclaimed urban spaces, are dedicated to preserving a few of the thousands of varieties of tree fruit that aren’t commonly grown by commercial producers.  For more information, visit the website here.

Would you like to get involved in RPGG activities? Want to be part of a fun team that works hard and plays even harder?  The RPGG welcomes your participation in programming, community gardening, marketing, membership, treasury, and fundraising.  For more information, contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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