Organic Plant Sale at Kilbourn Park
May
20
May 21

Organic Plant Sale at Kilbourn Park

  • Kilbourn Park Greenhouse

Stop by our annual Plant Sale!
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will offer more than 150 varieties of organically-grown vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings. Customers can expect a wide variety of open-pollinated and heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Other highlights include an assortment of herbs, greens and onions. This year will feature many new plants selected for city gardening in small spaces and containers. These seedlings are grown with the support of a team of dedicated volunteers who make this Plant Sale possible. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about plant selection and planting. This yearly fundraiser supports the greenhouse and our work to connect kids to nature and healthy foods.

Also Available at the Plant Sale: Perennials and other plants donated by volunteers of the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, organic compost, and light snacks. In addition, a cookbook compiled by the Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will be available for purchase. Look for the Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse tables just outside the main gate to the gardens.

Cost: Free Admission, Plant Prices between $2.00 to $5.00 CASH ONLY

Click on the link below to see the full list of plants available!

Evening of Star Gazing & Campfire Activities
Oct
1
5:00 pm17:00

Evening of Star Gazing & Campfire Activities

Before it gets too cold, you and your family can enjoy a cool night at Kilbourn Park sitting around the fire, eating s'mores, story telling and gazing at the stars. Adler Planetarium will bring out their scopes and lead a star-gazing activity. This is an all ages event and free to the public.

Tomato Fest
Sep
10
11:00 am11:00

Tomato Fest

A great family/garden friendly event with special guest speaker Barbara Peterson, who grows tomatoes professionally and is loaded with all kinds of growing tips. The day will include a variety of activities for all ages themed around the process of preservation and consuming tomatoes. Bring your own homemade salsa to participate in the Salsa Contest. Here's the lineup for the day:

11:15am    Ketchup Demo
11:45am    Gazpacho Demo
12:15pm    Purple Asparagus cooking demo
1:00pm    Speaker Barbara Peterson (tomato grower) 
1:50pm    Salsa Winner Announcement 

Tours offered at the bottom of the hour along with booths by sponsoring organizations. Sponsored by the Chicago Park District with help from Slow Food USA, Chicago Culinary Historians, Illinois Extension Master Gardeners, Purple Asparagus and Friends of Kilbourn Park Greenhouse. 

Plant Sale
May
14
May 15

Plant Sale

Each year dedicated volunteers and the greenhouse staff work to provide more than 150 varieties of organically-grown vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings for the Plant Sale. More than 6,000 seedlings are available for purchase at our annual sale. Customers can expect a wide variety of open-pollinated and heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Other highlights include an assortment of herbs, greens and onions. We also try to accommodate those gardeners who are growing in small spaces and containers. The sale is almost always the 2nd week in May to coincide with the last frost date. You can expect an array of volunteers available to answer questions about our plant selection and most of your planting inquires. Also available at the Plant Sale: Perennials and other plants donated by volunteers of the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, organic compost, and light snacks. Look for the Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse tables just outside the main gate of the gardens. This yearly fundraiser supports the greenhouse and our work to connect kids to nature and healthy foods.

Click here to view of list of the plants available this year. 

Plant Prices: $2.00 to $5.00
CASH ONLY

A History of Community Gardens
Apr
9
10:00 am10:00

A History of Community Gardens

Join us for a special presentation from Freyja Conrad who is the Design Manager of Dig Right In Landscapes. She will take us on a journey through the history of community gardens and inform us of the impact these organizations have on our communities. Attendance fee is $5 at the door.

Please RSVP to Georgia Chilton at ghchilton@gmail.com.