Celebrate Gnomedependence Day With Peterson Garden Project

By Patty Wetli | Friday, June 29, 2012

All across the city, Chicagoans have been declaring their independence from store-bought produce. The Peterson Garden Project has been a major force in this movement, sponsoring five pop-up community gardens on the North Side this summer, including Montrose Green, adjacent to the Montrose Brown Line station.

So it’s fitting that on the 4th of July, PGP is hosting a whopper of a garden party featuring food, music and gnomes.

All are welcome to attend the celebration, whether gardening with PGP or not. Join in the festivities, 4-7 p.m., at PGP’s Global Garden, 3000 W. Lawrence Ave., home to more than 150 raised beds being tended by area residents, as well as an urban farm operated under the umbrella of the Coalition of English Speaking Elderly.

Along with a tour of gardens that demonstrate a variety of urban growing techniques, the shindig will also feature live music by local performers and a gathering of food trucks organized by Chicago Foodies. But the highlight of the day is sure to be the Gnome Beauty Pageant, a friendly competition among gardeners and non-gardeners alike to create the snazziest looking gnome. Guests will vote on a winning gnome for each PGP garden, along with a 2012 Gnome of the Year.

We’re off to dig out our bedazzler.

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