Local Resources

Much of the info here was put up in the spring of 2011. Still seems accurate though.

Gardening in Hyde Park -- General/Web Info

Where to Buy Plants
* = basic plants
** = basic plus interesting plants
*** = full service garden center
**** = exceptional full service garden center

**Hyde Park Garden Fair http://www.hydeparkgardenfair.org/
    This year's fair (2011) was held Friday, May 13 (9am-6pm) and Saturday, May 14 (9am-4pm)
    Fair location: Hyde Park Shopping Center/ 55th Street and South Lake Park (60615)
    A huge variety of plants--but alas, for only two days a year!
**Hyde Park Fall Mum and Bulb Sale
*Hyde Park Produce
    Limited but growing range of herbs, tomatoes, and hanging plants
*Treasure Island
    Basic range of indoor plants sold year round; limited but growing collection of outdoor plants sold according to season
***Home Depot
    1300 S. Clinton (Roosevelt Road/South Loop)
     or 200-232 West 87th Street
     or 2803 South Cicero Avenue
*Whole Foods (coming soon) - I assume it will have a limited range of plants sold according to season
****Gethsemane Garden Center  http://www.gethsemanegardens.com/
         5739 N. Clark Street...lovely garden center, plus gift shop
[????] Old Town Gardens  http://oldtowngardenschicago.com/
           1555 North Wells Street
           and seasonally at 2601 North Clybourn
           ...I have never been here, but I'm guessing it is a very good garden center!

Where to Buy Gardening Equipment / Trellises etc (soil, seeds, pots, trowels, pedestals etc.)
Ace Hardware (Hyde Park Shopping Center)
CVS on 53rd St. --has a surprising number of basic gardening things, including potting kits
Home Depot
Gethsemane Gardens (has an exceptional array of trellises, fountains, benches, large pots)
??? probably Old Town Gardens ???
Also, keep an eye on http://www.marketplace.uchicago.edu/
     --people often advertise soil, worms, and pots (and more--often for free!)

Other Resources
The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference resource page:  http://www.hydepark.org/gardens_of_HP-K/index.htm
The Hyde Park Garden Fair page:
Volunteering for the Garden Fair and for tending gardens in local public parks: http://www.hydeparkgardenfair.org/otherpages/volunteers.htm