Green Thumb Thursdays – Design Your Garden

As part of the Blue Island, Blue Water rain barrel and rain garden initiative, a new series on gardening kicks off this Thursday, January 17, 2013 in the City of Blue Island’s northeast neighborhood. All are welcome to attend.

Last fall, the City, MPC and many partners kicked off the Blue Island, Blue Water initiative to help manage stormwater in a flood-prone neighborhood on the city’s northeast side, the City of Blue Island has undertaken a multi-phase project to implement neighborhood-scale stormwater management in both public and private sites throughout the neighborhood, which is bordered by 119th Street to the north, Western Ave. to the west, 123rd Place to the south, and the Metra tracks to the east. This effort will be the first steps to help alleviate local flooding and basement back issues in this neighborhood. During Phase I in the fall of 2012, the city and partners helped installed 125 rain barrels and several native plant gardens at key public sites.

On January 17, 2013, Design Your Garden will give you lots of practical tips on how to plan your garden. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, Nancy Kreith, who has a degree in Landscape Architecture, and lots of experience with garden design will share her expertise on planning your garden.

Green Thumb Thursdays – 2013 How-To Programs

Presentations will be held on the third Thursday of each month, from 7:00 – 7:45pm in the Evangelical Community Church Fellowship Hall, 2237 W. 120th Street, Blue Island, IL 60406 Easily accessible from I-57 and Metra. Parking is available across the street.

Green Thumb Thursdays is a FREE, monthly presentation about creating beautiful gardens to absorb rain water. Many gardens working together act like a sponge to soak up water and reduce area flooding.

Register online at the Master Gardeners website. Whether you can make it or not, download a flyer to pass along to friends and neighbors.

Co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program, City of Blue Island, and Evangelical Community Church of Blue Island.

Also watch for:

  • Native Perennial Plants – February 21
  • Bring Butterflies to the Garden – March 21
  • Manage Weeds Organically – April 18
  • Shade Gardens – May 16
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