It’s Starting to Feel Like Spring

Slowly but surely, it’s starting to feel like spring. Have you got the itch to get out in the gardens? Because we certainly do! As spring continues to get springier, we’ll be posting tips and ideas for gardeners on our We Can Grow It blog in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!

Considering how quickly you filled our existing gardens, it looks like gardening fever is indeed going around! Those of you on wait lists, we’ll be able to give some of you plots, and for the rest, be sure and stay tuned to our Garden With Us page, as we’ll be announcing new garden locations in April.

Gardener News & Announcements

The positive benefits of volunteering goes both ways. Fact: volunteers report better connections with friends and community, improved social skills, and increased self-confidence.

Peterson Garden Project exists because of our great volunteers like you. And for potential volunteers, we’d like to show you what we’re all about at our annual Volunteer Soiree. Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. to see how your particular awesomeness can plug into the bigger picture. The soiree is free, and takes place at The Atlantic Bar & Grill at 5062 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625.

Volunteering is a win-win-win!

Please click here for more information and to RSVP so we know how to plan. It is a fun night! Don’t miss it!

Upcoming Classes & Events

Hot Crops Seed Starting

Did you know that there are at least three different kinds of lights that you can use to start seeds? A shop light with a “hot” and a “cold” bulb, or a special grow light work great, but if your space is limited, you can put a high wattage (150 or 200) CFL in a clamp lamp, too. Learn about seed starting set ups and methods at the Hot Crops Seed Starting class with Master Gardener Rob Kartholl on March 30. Please click here for more information and to register.

Spring Plant Sale

Save the date for our spring plant sale on May 10, 11 and 12! More details soon…

Registration Reminders

Updates on Gardens

Global Garden, Land on Lincoln, Montrose Green, and Vedgewater gardens are all full.

If you’re on a wait list, you will not be charged the $75 membership fee (more info on that below). If you are then in at a garden officially, we’ll ask you to sign up and pay.

Stay tuned to this newsletter and our Facebook page for updates on full gardens and wait lists.

New Gardens

New garden locations are to be announced in April. We’re still working on details around new locations, and as soon as they are finalized, we will announce their names and addresses.

Garden Clean-up, Set-up, and Opening

If you’re eager for updates on garden clean-up dates and garden events, keep your eyes and ears open in the coming weeks. We anticipate existing gardens to open on April 22 and are targeting new gardens to open Memorial Day weekend. Watch our newsletter and Facebook page for ongoing updates!

Peterson Garden Project Membership Fees

Peterson Garden Project membership is $75 for the 2013 growing season, which includes education, events, some materials, and a garden plot. We also provide need-based scholarships. If you want to request a need-based scholarship, go here: If you would like to support a scholarship plot, please make a donation of $100 at

UPDATE: Value of a scholarship has been updated to $100 to more closely reflect actual cost.


An annual orientation session is mandatory for all members, even if you are a returning gardener. Membership in a PGP garden means that we all share responsibility for maintaining our gardens together, so we need to review how that happens with you every year. You will pre-select an orientation date during the registration process.

NOTE: We are working on a new location for orientations. Due to the sign-up pattern, our Learning Center won’t accommodate all the groups. We’re trying to make it simple by having them all in one location. We’ll report back when we’ve found the spot.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t attend one of the orientation sessions, we will refund your registration fee and release your garden to the waiting list. For any questions, please email [email protected]

Support for the Next Generation

The next generation loves to garden as well. You can help teens learn how to grow their own food by supporting teen programs like Mather High Greenhouse Club, our Vedgewater Boy Scouts troop, Amundsen Grow2Givers, and Lawrence Hall by making a gift today at


Membership fees alone don’t cover the full expense of building/maintaining the gardens, so we need your help to support scholarships, community programs and events, volunteer management, and free classes. Please go to and make a tax-deductible gift to the Peterson Garden Project today.