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Chicago Park District Sunflower Giveaway
« : September 04, 2013, 02:56:52 PM »
Here's a nice opportunity for free sunflower seeds for your birds!  The Chicago Park District asked me to get the word out to the birding community about the sunflower giveaway this Saturday.

WHO:              Sunflower fans, gardening enthusiasts, crafters and nature lovers.
WHAT:            Kick off the harvest season with the Chicago Park District and take home free organic sunflowers.  At this time in the season, most of the withered sunflowers are perfect for harvesting or other projects.
WHEN:            Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE:           East side of Buckingham Fountain, just west of Lake Shore Drive, between Jackson and Balbo
MORE:             This summer, Chicagoans and visitors alike enjoyed the Chicago Park District’s mass planting of 15,000 sunflowers that reached towering heights of up to 12 feet. 

In the spirit of recycling, the Chicago Park District is harvesting the sunflowers and sharing with the public on a first come, first served basis.

The harvested sunflowers could be used for multiple purposes.  For example, to create a bird feeder, simply dry the heads in a cool, dark place, poke a hole through the head and hang it outdoors to share the seeds with feathered friends.

Jason Steger
Stewardship Coordinator
Department of Natural Resources
Chicago Park District
541 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-742-4072 –Office
312-907-2675 --Mobile
312-742-5349 --Fax

Mary Lou Mellon
Northfield, IL


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