Come to the Aurora GreenFest on Sept. 28 and learn how to take care of the environment and have fun at the same time. Be ready for a day filled with fun activities to live more sustainably and help save our planet. As always, the GreenFest is a free and accessible event, so bring the whole family.
The GreenFest is 10 years old this year! This year’s theme: “Celebrating the Power of Ten!” all about the top 10 ways to help the environment and stop climate change.
Aurora Greenfest invites lots of wonderful, sustainability-minded exhibitors, including local non-profits and businesses with a green story to tell. They welcome local farmers, who help them find clean, organic food. They invite local artists and crafters with a theme of reusing old or found objects or nature themes. Volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors please sign up on their website, www.auroragreenfest.com.
Join University of Illinois Extension staff and volunteers for a composting workshop and learn how to recycle food scraps and yard waste to create compost that can be used to enhance soil.
Registration Required: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.
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Presented by Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON).
Join other gardeners and share your favorite perennials, houseplants and extra garden tools at FOPCON’s annual Fall Exchange. Drop off materials from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Conservatory. Come back to pick up items from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
In memory of Eco-Champion Sally Stovall
Deep Roots Project and Green Community Connections invite the community to see and taste the beauty of this showcase edible garden between 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the home of Estelle Carol, 323 S. East Ave., Oak Park. Bringing a dish and/or beverage to share is not required but is greatly appreciated.
July 21 Schedule:
• 4 to 6 p.m. showcase garden tours + potluck appetizers
• 6 to 8 p.m. potluck dinner
• 7 p.m. sing along (songs to remember Sally chosen by her children)
This garden is dedicated to Sally Stovall, local eco-champion and co-founder of Green Community Connections, who died suddenly on May 21. To learn more about Sally's wide-ranging environmental work, go here.
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Prepare for an exciting self-guided tour of eight unique private gardens plus a public space. The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest are happy to co-sponsors the 26th Annual Garden Walk on Sunday, June 23 – rain or shine. Once again a “plein air” artist will be demonstrating their amazing creativity. Transportation is needed and bicycles are a good option.
Purchase tickets at this website, www.gcoprf.org. Or purchase tickets in person starting June 1st at the Oak Park Conservatory (cash/check only) .
Prior to the event tickets are $15. FOPCON Members receive a discount.
Day of tickets (regardless of membership) will be $20 and may be purchased at either the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park) OR the Oak Park Conservatory (815 Garfield Street, Oak Park).
Join Deep Roots Project to learn many tips on how to prevent pest in your edible garden. Preventing garden pests is far easier (and more fun!) than dealing with pest outbreaks after they show up. Even some natural sprays can harm your soil and your plants. So creative, vigilant and knowledgeable prevention is best. If you fail at preventing pests, then learn from them.
One of the keys to natural pest management is patience. In a new edible garden healthy soil organisms need to mature and gain dominance over pests. The beneficial soil microbes help feed plants, keeping them healthy and well-protected against pests. If you spray, it could disrupt their maturing process and delayed the balance needed.
Have too much monarda? Way too much vinca? How about too many hosta? If so, then come to the perennial plant, houseplant, and garden tool exchange. Drop off potted and labeled perennial plants at the Conservatory from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Return between noon and 12:30 p.m. to pick from the perennials donated by others.
The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory Master Gardeners will highlight plants that will be available at this year's 30th Annual Plant Sale. Learn how to successfully grow culinary herbs from Sandy Lentz. All lectures at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory. Registration is free to the public. Register here: https://www.pdop.org/events/235247/
A natural lawn can also be beautiful, even by conventional standards, In fact, well-established natural lawns are healthier and stronger than conventionally maintained ones, especially in times of stress like drought. Furthermore, as sustainable landscapes require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides, they are more cost effective.
Natural lawn care (NLC) practices rely on naturally occurring processes and organic amendments to create a sustainable lawn and garden. By cultivating healthy soil without synthetic chemicals, you can grow and maintain a healthy landscape with less impact on the environment and the health of your family. Organic lawn care uses fewer resources and most are sustainable. It is non-toxic to the environment, animals & food chain and supports a healthy & diverse ecosystem. Lawn maintenance costs become lower over time as the natural health and ecology of the soil and the grass is restored.
The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory Master Gardeners will highlight plants that will be available at this year's 30th Annual Plant Sale. Learn how to successfully grow pollinator plants from Suzette Gacek. All lectures at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory. Registration is free to the public. Go here to register: https://www.pdop.org/events/learn-and-grow-lectures-pollinator-plants/
Jeff Swano is an expert on beautiful, toxic-free lawns and the owner of Dig Right In Landscaping. He has been leading the way in residential organic lawn care since 2005. Over the years, he has come to fully understand the science and techniques necessary to build and sustain healthy soil ecology.
Learn about the best practices for creating a non-toxic, healthy, beautiful lawn and yard from Jeff Swano at the next Deep Roots Project free workshop.
Become Expert at Growing Raised Bed Veggies with Jill Niewoehner of Mama Grows. Lectures are FREE and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.
Learn and Grow is a series every Thursday in April at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory. Registration required. Click HERE