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Growing & Green Living

Beekeeping, Composting and Adult Programs

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance offers a myriad of programs designed to help you get closer to nature in the city. We partner with the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and Master Composters programs to provide many of our gardening and composting demonstrations and workshops. The Conservatory is also the proud home of multiple bee hives and an active beekeeping program - enjoy the fruits of their labor by purchasing Conservatory made honey in our Gift Shop. To learn about all the programs, events and activities taking place at the Conservatory this month, visit our Calendar page.

Beyond Basics Beekeeping

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Beyond Basics Beekeeping
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Hours: 1:30-4:30pm
Cost: $70 / $50 for GPCA Members and Volunteers

Go beyond the basics in this hands-on class. This class will deal with late spring and early summer management decisions that can impact the rest of the season for the bees and the beekeeper. Come and learn how to "read" a colony and assess how a hive is performing. Some of the things we'll cover include Varroa mites, re-queening, splitting and honey production. We'll inspect several hives and compare how each one is doing. Rain date for the class will be Sunday, May 22 1:30-4:30pm. Learn More ‣

Composting 101

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Composting 101
Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $40 / $32 for Members and Volunteers

Compost happens, but how can we speed it up and ensure it is full of nutrients for our gardens? Spend the morning with us as we explore different methods of composting that can happen right here in the city. We’ll help determine what bin is right for your needs, how you can manage the decomposition process, and how to harvest and use your compost. This class serves as a pre-requisite for our GPCA Composting Volunteers and is open to the public. This class is oriented to those new to composting or composting within city regulations; more advanced composting topics are coming soon! Learn More ‣

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Composters at Work

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Composters at Work
Saturdays, December through May
Hours: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: Free

Drop in any time during the program hours for free tips, techniques, and useful information about composting at home. Our trained volunteer composters will be on hand to answer your questions about composting in the city, and they will have a working worm bin to discuss and explore.

Beekeepers at Work

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Beekeepers at Work
Missed the free demos this year? Beekeepers at Work resumes in late spring 2016!

Curious about bees and beekeeping? Join us throughout the summer as our volunteers and Head Beekeeper demonstrate techniques with active beehives and explain their work. Demonstrations are for all ages and interest levels.

2nd Wednesday Adult Lecture Series

Join us on the second Wednesday each month to hear a lecture on a variety of topics that will expand your knowledge and understanding of how plants and nature help shape our identities and communities. These lectures are free, open to the public, and cover a wide range of topics.

Changing Climate, Changing City

Flowers within Cultural Rituals, Ceremonies, and Celebrations

Speaker: Casey Sabatka of Flowers for Dreams
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Hours: 6:30-8pm
Cost: Free, more information coming soon!

Tree ID Walk at Garfield Park Conservatory

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Tree ID Walk at Garfield Park Conservatory
Fridays, February 19, May 13, July 8, and October 14, 2016
Hours: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Free

Spring, summer and fall - learn about city trees throughout the seasons with Openlands’ Regional Forester, Daniella Pereira. Daniella will explore the trees of beautiful and historic Garfield Park. Interested children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Please dress appropriately for the weather – walks take place rain or shine! Learn More ‣

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Chicago Bonsai Club Meeting

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Chicago Bonsai Club Meeting
Third Wednesday of the Month, March through October
Hours: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Cost: Free

Come join us to learn about the ancient art of growing bonsai from the Chicago Bonsai Club, a chapter of the Midwest Bonsai Society. Bring your bonsai trees to work on or just come to watch. Potting soil and wire will be provided, and some plant materials and pots will be available at a nominal cost. There is no fee to attend. Learn More ‣

Composting Information Booklet by The University of Illinois Extension Master Composters

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Composting Information Booklet
Cost: Free PDF Download

Interested in composting at home? The University of Illinois Extension Master Composters are the experts. Their in-depth composting information booklet contains information on why compost is important, making compost, basic compost recipes, do's and don'ts, and more! Click to View ‣