Thank You!

It’s been a busy few days for us here at Peterson Garden Project. The Chicago Flower and Garden Show was a great success, and we enjoyed seeing all of you at our Victory Today exhibit. Thanks to Chicagoist, Shawna Coronado, and The Local Beet for the shout outs!

We were also in attendance at the Good Food Festival & Conference this past weekend, talking seed swaps and community gardens. In other news, we’re excited to get gardening, and clearly so are you, seeing as existing gardens are full! We’re announcing additional garden locations in April, so stay tuned for those. Things have been busy, but we’re just getting started.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors and Donors

We’d like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors and donors who made our exhibit at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show possible: Bonnie Plants, Lake St. Landscape Supply, Corona Tools, Gardeners Supply, Chalet, Senn Highschool, Means of Production, and Subaru. We love you all!

And Our Awesome Volunteers

We’d also like to offer a special HUGE thank you to our wonderful volunteers who helped with the show: Chris Braun, Britta Hernalsteen, Caryn Silcock, Darka Powers, Barb Kirchner, Barb Duslak, Lin Prucher, Anita Sheperd, Diane Botica, Laura McInerney, Anne Wiley, Karen Magiera, Sara Shesky, Tyana Wachter, Jennifer Berman, Anne Rozmin, Kathleen McCabe, Pamela Lund, Susie Novak, Leah Lenardic, Ray Blanchard, Nebi Berhane, Craig Curry, Sarah Mallin, Kandace Cantrell, Toni Andreina, Anna Kong, Nina Kong, Marcia Mahoney, Patrick Mahoney, Colleen Cetera, Jackie Tanaka, Keri Wenzel, Jill Bartels, Mary Pandergast, Alex Poltorak, Steve Clark, Seneca Kern, Jake Klippenstein, Ethan Bass, Sally Gregory, Alexandra Nelson, Maribeth Brewer, Leah Ray, Les Palmiano, and Julie Wisnewski. And let’s not forget our Victory Today designers Mark Kanazawa and Patrick Ewing. We just simply could not have done it without you- thank you for your hard work and positive energy.

Gardener News & Announcements

Volunteer Soiree March 27

It’s time for our annual Volunteer Soiree! And who doesn’t love a good soiree? Our project works because people lend their talents, time, and resources to make it happen. Join us on March 27 at 7:00 p.m. to see how your particular awesomeness can plug into the bigger picture. The Atlantic Bar & Grill is located at 5062 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625. Free to attend, so come one, come all!

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.

Garden Clean-up, Set-up, and Opening

We will announce garden clean-up dates and assorted events in all our garden locations 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.

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.

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]

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.