Friday, March 9, 2018

Join us on Tuesday, March 13 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
at The Chalet Nursery & Garden Center
(Upstairs in the Learning Center – use the South door behind stacks of bagged goods)
3132 Lake Ave. in Wilmette
for an informational meeting for gardeners

•Get some gardening tips from Chalet’s expert, Jennifer Brennan
•Learn about Earth friendly products for your home garden or garden plot
•Get a sneak peek of which veggie plants will be available for purchase in the spring
•Find out what seeds will be available for purchase
•Check out the types of mulch available for your garden

All participants will receive a 20% coupon.
Prizes will be given!!!

*Please enter on in the Skokie Blvd. gate side and enter through the south door to the Learning Center (behind the stacks of the bagged goods) since the retail store will be closed.

Please RSVP to Alyssa Tadelman:

Friday, February 23, 2018

Dear Gardeners,

If you would like to sign up to enter the lottery for the Wagner Farm Community Garden, resident sign up is February 22-March 4.  Non-resident sign up begins on March 5.  Please follow the steps below.
-go to
-drag the menu down under facilities and parks and go to Wagner Farm
-click on the word programs which is in the brown box on the left
-scroll down to Community Garden Plot ( section #309318-A)
- You will need a household number to sign up.  If you do not have a household number, you can call The Park Center at (847)724-5670.
-or sign up in person at The Park Center.

Good luck everyone!

Alyssa Tadelman
Community Garden Plot Coordinator
Historic Wagner Farm

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dear Gardeners,

 I wanted to let you know about a few important Community Garden dates.

-February 17- Spring catalogue delivered

-February 22- 1st Day of Resident Sign up

-March 5- Lottery is spun/ Non-Resident Sign up

-April 3- Organizational Meeting- 7:00 p.m.

-April 7- Organizational Meeting- 9:00 a.m.

Happy New Year Gardeners!  Hope to see you all in the spring!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Gardening at Wagner Farm is a favorite hobby for many Glenview residents.  Gardening is fun and rewarding but it’s a lot of hard work too. Does all of the hard work pay off?  This year, experienced gardeners, Fran and Barry Gustafson proved that it is.

Fran and Barry have been gardening at Wagner Farm for the past 7 years.  They garden 2 garden plots: one for themselves and one with Barry’s mother, Rose Fiedler.  They have had garden plots in the Community Garden for 5 years and in the original Heirloom Garden for 2 years.  They cannot have a vegetable garden at home since they have too many deer and rabbits coming through their yard.  Although they have no formal garden training, Barry shared that he has farmers in his extended family.  They get most of their gardening knowledge from reading, trying new things, and from listening to other experienced gardeners in the Community Garden.

This past 2017 gardening season, the Gustafsons decided to keep track of their harvest.  This is what they harvested for the year:
Radishes 118
Lettuce 13 bags
Carrots 71
Hot Peppers 265
Cabbage 15
Zuccinni/Squash 105
Onions 110
Green peppers 71
Beets 10
Butternut squash 7
Green beans 1300
Tomatoes 148
Cherry tomatoes 125
Cucumbers (very small) 10

What an amazing bounty of vegetables!  When you visit the Community Garden, you will always notice that their plots are beautifully, well laid out, and meticulously kept.  The Gustafsons recommend the following tips for a successful garden:
-When you plant seeds, keep them moist until the plants emerge and get started.
-Weed your plot continually!
-Use your space efficiently and replant as spaces become available.

Thank you Fran, Barry, and Rose for sharing your gardening success story with us!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Dear Gardeners,

It has been another amazing season in the Community Garden!  I am always sad to see the season end.  The closing date for the 2017-2018 season will be Saturday, October 21.  Please have your plot cleaned out by October 22.  You will find the information about the closing procedures below.  IF YOU FAIL TO CLEAN OUT YOUR PLOT, YOU WILL BE ASKED NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LOTTERY NEXT YEAR.

This year, I am also looking for volunteers to help do a final clean-up in the garden on Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (weather permitting).  We will be collecting any remaining produce to donate to the pantry, collecting remaining non-organic materials, and removing remaining plant material.  Please RSVP to this e-mail if you are available to join me.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Happy Gardening!  Have a great week!

Alyssa Tadelman
Community Garden Plot Coordinator
Historic Wagner Farm

Wagner Farm Community Garden Closing Procedures
1. TOMATOES- Plants and fruit should be removed and put in a TRASH can.
2. CORN and SUNFLOWERS- Remove entire stalks and pile them next to one of the compost bins.
3. WEEDS- If your weeds are 8 inches or taller, please remove them and put them in one of the COMPOST bins.
4. ALL OTHER PLANTS- Remove plants and put them in one of the COMPOST bins. If all the compost bins are full, please pile them in the middle of your plot.
  1. All other NON-ORGANIC MATERIAL should be removed from your plot. This includes plant tags, strings, stakes, tomato cages, and tomato ties. Put these in a garbage can, dumpster, or take them home.
  2. Please send me an e-mail when you are finished cleaning out your plot.