Updated: Learn from Others: Visit Local Gardens, July 31st

Hello Everyone, (updated July 28th)

Saturday, July 31st is the date we dedicated to touring other community gardens. This is a part of our educational series at Root-Riot to help us learn from what others are doing. This will allow us to talk to other gardeners to get advice and ideas to help us in our efforts for the rest of this growing season and next.

Sandra visited a few gardens that were highly recommended; west side, south side, and downtown.  Some had already harvested most of their produce and were in the midst of planting their fall harvest crops. Seriously, our gardens should be on the list of tours!
Our recommendations on the gardens suggested were based on having lots of vegetables still growing, Nearby locations and relatively easy to get to,Free parking, No admission fee

Two bus tours are now available: (updated July 23 6:00am)

  1. Bus Tour West Side (updated July 23 6:00am)
    Mrs. Peery of the Austin Community Gardens is sponsoring a tour of some gardens in the Austin neighborhood. She has reserved a bus that will take folks on a tour of 5 gardens; some flower gardens and some vegetable gardens. The bus leaves at 10:00 AM promptly on the 31st and returns at about 1:30 PM. You will be treated to lunch after the tour. There is no cost. We will need a count of those planning on going by Thursday.Please respond to the evite or learn@root-riot.com
  2. Bus Tour Chicago Park District – North Park Village Nature Center
    This is the tour mentioned in the updated evite (updated July 23 6:00am)
    Pulaski and Ardmore – 4000 west 5800 north
    The community garden on the site has 100 – 10’ X 20’ plots. The Nature Center houses lots of hands activities on for kids. There is a nature trail, a playground and plenty of picnic tables on 155 acres. They also have deer there that aren’t afraid of people! If there is interest one of the gardeners will meet us there for a tour. We will need a count of those planning on going by Thursday. Please respond to the evite or learn@root-riot.com


The above tour is by bus, for all other tours you must drive or take public transportation.

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Depending on the response to some of the sites we could agree on a time to meet there for an organized group tour. Or feel free to visit on your own.

Our own Root-Riot Gardens

  • Root Riot Harambee (updated July 23 6:00am)
    (500 N Waller, Chicago)
    Lush vegetation in 35 beds, 2 budding flower gardens, completely enclosed fence and well-mulched paths.
  • Root Riot Madison
    (Almost at the corner of Madison and Grove in Oak Park)
    Lush vegetation in 43 beds, bird and butterfly sanctuaries, new canopy and a 1000 gallon cistern.

Forest Park Community Garden

  • Near Harrison on Harlem (Park on Harrison and walk through the alley or south on Harlem to the small park by the 290 West exit.)
    It’s a garden in the park with a picnic table, swing and a bench under shade trees. There is room for the kids to play in the grass under the shade trees. View their flowerbeds and newly installed water barrels in addition to their vegetable beds. There are a couple of beds growing watermelons vertically.

Northwest Chicago

  • Chicago Park District – North Park Village Nature Center
    (Pulaski and Ardmore – 4000 west 5800 north)
    The community garden on the site has 100 – 10’ X 20’ plots. The Nature Center houses lots of hands activities on for kids. There is a nature trail, a playground and plenty of picnic tables on 155 acres. They also have deer there that aren’t afraid of people! If there is interest one of the gardeners will meet us there for a tour. Let us know by Thursday at learn@root-riot.com.
  • The Peterson Garden Project
    (Peterson and Campbell, 3 blocks west of Western).
    This a new raised bed garden site. If there is interest one of the gardeners will meet us there for a tour. Let us know by Thursday at learn@root-riot.com

Downtown Chicago

  • The Chicago Avenue Garden (Chicago just east of Larabee) has a community garden and is in the midst of creating an urban farm. They have a farmer’s market on Saturday.
  • Growing Power E. Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive in Chicago (Across the street from Buckingham fountain on the northwest corner of the park).

NeighborSpace

  • NeighborSpace owns property in a wide variety of neighborhoods and community areas throughout the City of Chicago. Click on the link to a map of over 200 of the gardens on the North West side of Chicago http://neighbor-space.org/gardens.htm

Hope you can make to one or more of the gardens.
Sandra and Louise
learn@root-riot.com

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