Spring 2018 | Quarterly eNewsletter
Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Members and Friends,

We were planning to host our first-ever South Side Plant Sale & Garden Festival next month but were unable to secure the site in time. We are already working on a suitable location for May 2019 and will do our very best to hold this event next year.

In the meantime, we wanted to give you as many native plant and gardening resources as possible, including special seminars, in this special Garden Edition of Inside the Belt!

Happy Gardening,

Mary Ellen Guest
Executive Director
Where to Buy Native Plants Around Chicago
We were so glad last year when we heard from many of you how helpful you found our list of community plant sales, nurseries, and other native plants sources in Chicagoland !

Now every year, we will have the updated list ready for you by the start of planting season.
Preorder Your Bungalow Window Box Planters!
After much anticipation, bungalow window box planters are ready for sale!
Introducing: The Bungalow Box

High-quality concrete planter expertly handcrafted by Pawel Nawrocki, owner of Carving in Stone, Inc.

Its simple, vintage-modern, Arts & Crafts design was common among many original bungalow planters made in the 1920's. Standard Chicago bungalow dimensions: 46" x 9" x 7 1/2". Designed to allow two planters to be placed end-to-end for a wider span.

Bungalow Boxes will be available for pickup on a rolling basis beginning in a few weeks. It's first come, first served, so preorder yours now!

Retailers sell similar concrete planters for $400, but The Bungalow Box is only $150!
Free Compost Giveaway!
Free compost will be available at several locations during the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Open House on May 19!

MWRD has also generously donated compost for Chicago Bungalow Association members! We are working in partnership with MWRD Commissioner Kari Steele, 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris, and 29th Ward Alderman Chris Taliaferro to distribute this "garden gold." Watch your inbox for details about this compost giveaway soon!
May Seminars
Rain Gardens: The Beauty and Benefits of Stormwater Management

Join Ryan Wilson to learn the "Whys" and "Hows" of planting your first rain garden. Learn how rain gardens can deter basement flooding, how rain gardens can be done cheaply (and beautifully), and how to easily maintain your rain garden.
Monday, May 7
6 - 7:30pm
Austin Irving Public Library
6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634
Tuesday, May 22
6 - 7:30pm
Woodson Regional Library
9525 S Halsted St, 60628
How to Create a Terrific Yard (Without a Lot of Dough)

Join us for this special weekend seminar p resented by Amanda Thomsen, author of Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You ! From easy, quick fixes to creating privacy, patios and growing your own food, this fast-paced and fun class will have you repurposing, rethinking and most importantly, growing (and having fun while you do it!) Amanda's book will be available for purchase at the seminar!
Saturday, May 19
11:30am - 1pm
Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N Lincoln Ave, 60625
Saturday, May 26
12:30 - 2pm
Avalon Public Library
8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617
Guest Blog! A New Take on "Grandma's Cottage Garden"
Maureen Taylor, owner of Taylor Made Landscapde Design, Inc., designed a few Driehaus Award winning gardens, and now she's been kind enough to write a guest post on our blog!

Here's how to get the look of an old-fashioned “cottage style” garden for small city yards:
2nd Annual Bungalow Garden Contest
Get your gardens ready for the 2018 Bungalow Garden Contest!

We will begin taking submissions in June. Keep an eye on your email for the official announcement.
In the meantime, be inspired by last year's winners:
The Chicago Bungalow Association equips homeowners with energy efficiency grants and educational resources to maintain, preserve, and adapt their Chicago bungalows and vintage homes, thereby strengthening the neighborhoods they anchor.
Chicago Bungalow Association | 312.675.0300 | www.chicagobungalow.org
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