Chicago Park District

Update: KILBOURN PARKGREENHOUSE PLANT SALE May 18 & 19

5/1/2013
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Annual Plant Sale
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Update [May 17] - Plant Sale Update:
Thanks to our friends at Growing Power and the Peterson Garden Project we have been able to obtain some additional plants for the sale. However our supply of plants remains limited.

Updated Info [May 13]: The Chicago Park District’s Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse is committed to local, organic, and sustainable practices and production.

This year, we made a commitment to remove peat, a non-renewable resource, from our potting mix and replace it with coir, which is made from coconut husks. Our vendor created a peat-free mix with coir, rice hulls, worm castings and certified organic compost.

Unfortunately, the peat-free mix, combined with unseasonably cool temperatures and low light levels due to the aging greenhouse roof, the result is that the quality and quantity of our crops is far below our expectations and standards.

Our plant sale will go on as scheduled [May 18 & 19 from 10am – 2pm], but the quantity of plants for sale will be extremely limited. The majority of plants we produced are very small and we will be selling those plants at reduced prices or for donation.

At the plant sale Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will be selling certified organic compost, perennials, and baked goods. Proceeds from those sales will go to support programming and improvements to the greenhouse. Additional donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated.

On Sunday, May 19  you can also come and enjoy the Easy Being Green Family Event sponsored by Kids Table and Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse.

We appreciate your support for Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse and your patience with us during this trying time. 

Back by popular demand! Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will sell more than 150 varieties of organically grown vegetable, herb and flower seedlings. The annual plant sale will take place Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 10 am - 2 pm at 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., just west of Milwaukee Ave. and Addison St. Plant prices range $2 & up. To see a listing of the plants offered at our sale, click here.

“Our large selection of tomato and pepper seedlings is always a draw, but you'll also find other interesting vegetables and herbs,” said greenhouse manager Kirsten Akre. “We look forward to welcoming gardeners of all levels.”

The Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse accepts payment for plants by cash only. We ask everyone to help us and the environment by bringing your own tray or box for carry plants. If you have extras from last year, bring them to share with other shoppers.

Support Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse at the Plant Sale: They will host a bake sale, and will sell bags of compost. These funds support our children’s programming at the greenhouse.

Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse is teaming up with Kid’s Table to host Easy Being Green Fest on Sunday, May 19 from 10 am – 2 pm during the Plant Sale to inspire healthy family living and to connect kids with their food, their bodies, and the planet. $5 suggested donation goes directly to Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse.

On Wednesday, May 22 from 5 – 7:30 pm, Half-price sale and Free Question Answer session with the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse volunteers. Bring your gardening questions and select from limited quantities of seedlings.

Kilbourn Park, home to the Park District’s only teaching greenhouse, offers workshops throughout the year. For questions regarding the plant sale or to register for a class, call Kilbourn Park at either 773-685-3351 or 773-685-3359.

 

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