Good afternoon and happy Friday everyone! Here’s what’s garden-happenin’ in and around Chicago:
- Tomorrow’s the final day of the Family Farmed Expo at UIC. It’s the big family fun day with lots of activities, giveaways, demonstrations and exhibits. Online special ticket prices end tonight at 6pm. After that tickets on sale at the door at regular price. (TIP: register at the Family Farmed table for a chance to win a year’s worth of Nature’s Path cereal.)
- Head over to Whole Foods before March 23rd to vote for your favorite Chicago community garden project. Winner receives $25,000! More info at ChicagoNow.
- Urban Gardens is giving a way a fancy Lechuza self-irrigation planter in their think outside the planter box photo contest. The contest page also has some amazing photos/ideas for unique planters. You’ll be surprised what people come up with! Enter by May 16th.
- Did you vote for One Seed Chicago yet? All voters win a free pack of seeds just for voting for your favorite veggie. Veggie of the year will be announced April 30th at the Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
- Speaking of the Conservatory- this weather makes the perfect time to go check out thir Spring Flower Show. Open until 5pm all weekend.
- All this talk about urban gardening and locally sourced food got me thinking about heading out to a local restaurant that upholds these ideals. Have you tried Rick Bayless’s XOCO yet? It is a LEED Gold certified construction, quick-service cafe, next to the famed Topolobampo. Rick is known for his rooftop and home gardening where he sources many of his restaurants’ vegetables. Try XOCO’s amazing hot chocolate and their mushroom tortas. Open till 10pm tonight and tomorrow.