As anticipation for a return to the garden mounts, the City of West Chicago is planning some unique ways to embrace spring and fill the void caused by the cancellation of Blooming Fest, an annual event which normally brings thousands of plant and craft lovers downtown on the third Saturday of May.
Nicolette Stefan, Special Event Coordinator for the City, has put together a tremendous schedule of alternative programming that will include classes and sales from a local greenhouse and other garden-related organizations, and exciting giveaways that will keep people coming back to the Blooming Fest Facebook page for details throughout the month of May.
“The City’s abundance of caution in preventing the spread of COVID-19 has required the cancellation of large gatherings like those found at Blooming Fest, but residents and visitors who look forward to getting their annual garden fix in West Chicago will enjoy our alternative programming this spring,” said Stefan.
Working with several great community partners, WeGrow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center, as well as The GardenWorks Project, The Conservation Foundation, and City Bee Savers, residents and visitors will have opportunities to shop, learn and become inspired.
The following schedule of options are available, with many requiring a reservation as space will be limited:
Plant Sale on May 15, 2021
We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center hosts Blooming Fest Plant Sale on May 15, 2021.
1055 W Washington Street
Hours 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Must show ad to receive discount
$10 off when you spend $50 or $20 off when you spend $100
Organic Seedling Pre-Order Sale
The GardenWorks Project is hosting its annual organic seedling sale.
Pre-order organic seedlings today and pick them up on May 15, 2021 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Join the Food Growers Network for $25 and receive a discount on seedlings as well as a tote bag and 20 free seed packets!
For more information visit https://www.gardenworksproject.org/shop
Giveaways in May
Like and Follow the West Chicago Blooming Fest Facebook page for details on how to enter great giveaways throughout the month of May.
Small in-person classes on May 15, 2021
The City of West Chicago will host three free small in-person classes available to West Chicago residents on May 15, 2021. The classes will be a DIY Succulent Terrarium Class presented by WeGrow Dreams, a Butterfly & Bird Gardening 101 Class presented by The Conservation Foundation and a Honey Bee 101 Class presented by City Bee Savers. All participants will leave home with a takeaway item.
All participants must wear masks and social distance. Space is limited and registration is required using the link below. Registration opens on April 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Persons registering will be notified via email with confirmation or wait list status.
- Honey Bee 101 Class
Buzz on over to our Honey Bee 101 Class and learn if bees are still struggling to survive, what is causing their struggles and what is being done to help bees. You will even learn what you can do to help save the bees. The class, hosted by the City of West Chicago and presented by Bill Whitney, owner of City Bee Savers, will be held on May 15, 2021. Registration is required and opens on April 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. All participants will receive local raw honey to take home. Space is limited and masks are required. This class is for ages 8 and up.
- DIY Succulent Terrarium
Did you know that succulents breathe? Succulents breathe at night and close their pores during the day so they don’t lose too much water to evaporation. Make your own succulent terrarium at a class hosted by the City of West Chicago and presented by Melanie Grotto of WeGrow Dreams on May 15, 2021. You must register to attend. Registration is required and opens on April 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. All participants will take home their succulent terrarium. Space is limited and masks are required. This class is for teens and up.
- Butterfly & Bird Gardening 101
Learn about the plants of Illinois – and attracting birds and butterflies to your yard. Jim Kleinwacter of The Conservation Foundation will give plant recommendations, advice and even offer to come to do a yard assessment of your site if needed. This class will be held on May 15, 2021. Registration is required and opens on April 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Each participant will receive a native landscaping guide, a butterfly guide and even go home with a milkweed plant for monarch butterflies to enjoy. This class is for adults and homeowners. To learn more about West Chicago commitment to Monarch Butterflies, visit the City’s website.