11AM – 2PM
FREE | 21+
Locally grown plants will be available for a small donation or for trade. Veggies, natives, showy annuals and perennials, expect them all!
If you’re interested in participating in the swap, all you need to do is bring your seedlings and do a bit of bartering. Otherwise, please plan to bring cash for donations. Avondale Gardening Alliance is a non-profit group focusing on connecting and educating gardeners of all skill levels. We have free events and are 100% volunteer run. Proceeds from the plant sale will go toward the AGA’s second annual gardening and agriculture fair this August!
**Sleeping Village is dog and small child friendly and allows outside food.
Interested in starting a garden at home or want to get more involved in the Mindful Living Community Garden? Want to meet and mingle with local gardeners? Join the AGA for a season kick-off celebration at the Mindful Living Garden.
Snacks and drinks will be available and potluck goodies are always welcome. We’ll be covering basic garden topics like: trellising, mulching, planting seeds and seedlings, and composting.
Bring your own gloves if you’re interested in handling some dirt! If we get some early season donations, we’ll be planting the first seedlings of the season.
A free seed swap, open to all! Bring store bought or self-saved seeds to trade or give away. If you’re interested in simply socializing, that’s alright, too! There will be a demo for how to start plants from seeds as well as seed starting materials available for a small donation.
-Ornamental and edible plants welcome.
-Bring clearly labeled seeds in envelopes or baggies.
-Try to only trade viable seeds. Feel free to bring seeds that are older(seeds are usually viable for 2-4 years) or that you’re not sure about and leave them on the “free to take” pile.
-Hybrid harvested seeds will not grow to type.
Meet in the back room of DMen Tap at 3PM to pore over seed catalogs and plan out next year’s garden.
Discuss seeds and get feedback from neighbors about what’s worked or not worked in the past. This is a great opportunity for brand new gardeners to learn about the many varieties of plants available to our area!
DMen is kid friendly and has food and drinks available.
Bring your baked goods and your home brews for a winter social event!
You’ve been working in your garden all summer! Now’s the time to share the fruits of your labor! Bring picked goods, samples of homemade breads, soups, salsas, and more. Meet your neighbors and see what they’ve cultivated.
While bringing goods is encouraged, it is NOT required! Metropolitan has a great beer selection and welcomes outside non alcoholic beverages and food. Come enjoy the view and meet your neighbors.
This event is FREE of charge. (But please tip your bartenders) 😉
Avondale is full of raised beds, tomato cages, bee boxes, chicken coops, and native flower gardens. Our homes are filled with skilled makers and creative doers. This is your opportunity to meet the people behind the fences, check out the yards you’ve always admired, and pick the brains of neighbors.
Join the Avondale Gardening Alliance for the Avondale Gardening and Agricultural Fair.
A map of the event will be available at www.AvondaleGardeners.org, on the Avondale Gardening Alliance Facebook group, and in person at Dmen Tap, Belmont Feed & Seed, and Reed’s Local.
The day will end with a celebration at Metropolitan Brewing at 5PM where you can win prizes like a 7 foot tall ficus benjimina from Plant Shop Chicago, $75 in gift cards from Kuma’s Corner, or terrarium classes from Farmers Market Garden Center worth $90!