Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; 847-835-5440

Growing Warm Season Vegetables in a Small Space on May 2nd; the Web site lists summer classes.

Growing Power
Conducts tours, workshops, and demos on urban gardening. Check out the worm-composting workshop on June 19th at the organization’s farm in Jackson Park.

Kilbourn Organic Greenhouse
3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.; 773-685-3351

Offers fall and winter series on organic vegetable gardening.

Let’s Grow
Vicki and Ron Nowicki

The Nowickis install and maintain vegetable gardens for private clients, as well as offer hands-on classes at their demo garden in Downers Grove.

Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle; 630-719-2454

Enjoy Gardening with Your Family, which includes a hands-on session in a kitchen garden for parents and children; begins May 16th.

Bill Shores
Rick Bayless’s gardener teaches microgreens and worm-composting classes for self-organized groups of five to ten people, mainly in the fall and winter. To arrange, contact



Edible Garden at the Lincoln Park Zoo
From April through October, this hands-on demonstration garden in the Farm-in-the-Zoo engages children in planting, weeding, composting, and harvesting vegetables.

The Organic Gardener
Jeanne Pinsof Nolan

In addition to running the Edible Garden at the Lincoln Park Zoo (see above), Nolan installs vegetable gardens for private clients and gives instruction on how to maintain them.

Phone assistance
Get garden questions answered for free at the Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Information Service (847-835-0972) or the Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic (630-719-2424).

Tours of Rick Bayless’s garden
Offered periodically. Contact



Cheney Mansion Plant Sale, May 17th
220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park; 708-383-6485

Heirloom tomatoes, peppers, spring greens

Chicago Botanic Garden, May 15th to 17th
Nearly 50 varieties of vegetables and fruits, with an emphasis on sustainable gardening

Hyde Park Garden Fair, May 15th and 16th
Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th St. and S. Lake Park Ave.

More than two dozen types of organic vegetables, including 39 varieties of tomatoes

Kilbourn Organic Greenhouse Annual Plant Sale, May 16th and 17th
3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.; 773-685-3351
More than three dozen types of heirloom tomatoes, two dozen peppers, and a wide variety of vegetables and herbs

Oak Park Conservatory Annual Herb and Plant Sale, May 2nd
615 Garfield St., Oak Park; 708-725-2460

More than two dozen kitchen herbs, plus veggies and heirloom tomatoes

Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale & Workshops, May 2nd and 3rd
Wicker Park Fieldhouse,1425 N. Damen Ave.; 773-278-9075

Heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and herbs



These stores sell a better-than-average selection of vegetable and herb seedlings, including heirloom varieties.

Anton’s Greenhouses
1126 Pitner Ave., Evanston; 847-864-1134

Chalet Landscape Nursery and Garden Center
3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette; 847-688-0561

Clovers Garden Center
Many area locations

Gethsemane Garden Center
5739 N. Clark St.; 773-878-5915

Grand Street Gardens
2200 W. Grand Ave.; 312-829-8200

Hacker’s Glenbard Gardens
640 N. State Route 53, Lombard; 630-495-4220

Meinke Garden Center
5803 W. Touhy Ave., Niles; 847-647-9455

Platt Hill Nursery
222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale; 630-529-9394, and 2400 Randall Rd., Carpentersville; 847-428-6767



Chicagoland Gardening
The Web site of this monthly magazine lists gardening club events throughout Chicago, the suburbs, and even nearby Michigan and Wisconsin. Other events include speakers and workshops.

The Gardening Q & A page includes a huge database of FAQs, including a section on vegetable gardening.

This nonprofit coalition dedicated to preserving the city’s green space offers information on finding a plot at a community garden and advice on how to avoid gardening in contaminated soil (a common urban problem).

Green Roof Growers
Russ Cheatham and his rooftop gardening pals share photos and tips.
The Gardening, Farming and Foraging section is where local foodies swap photos and tips on growing their own food.

Urban Programs Resource Network
The Web site of the University of Illinois Extension offers loads of information, from seed starting to composting and gardening with kids.