Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fairy houses and local green events

Legend has it that if you build a fairy house and leave it in your garden, one just might come to visit! After watching the latest Tinkerbell movie, my little one and I were inspired to build our own. We started with a gallon milk jug and collected the rest of the materials from the yard. Pine cones, pine needles, and pieces of mulch made the walls, last year's flowers from our ornamental grasses covered the roof, and we gave it a stone chimney. Our fairy will be living in style! My girl loves the house, and loves checking for fairies. It was a fun project to do outside in our recent 80 degree weather, which I miss greatly after a week in the 30's and 40's.

Earth Day is tomorrow, so I'd like to share some local freebies and free green events.

April 22: Participating Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, and Whole Foods are offering free coffee tomorrow if you bring in your own reuseable drinkware.

April 23: Stop by your local Lowe's and pick up a free tree!

April 29: Visit the Morton Arboretum for their Arbor Day Celebrations. Ever wanted to meet Curious George? Well, here's your chance. Kids will enjoy a special story time and tree planting, along with a celebration and scavenger hunt in the Children's Garden. More...

May 1: Green Earth Fair, 12:30 - 5pm at the Green Earth Institute at the McDonald Farm in Naperville. Learn about GMOs, solar power, organic lawn care, rain gardens, the impact of nutrition on learning, wind power, and much more. Buy rain barrels and organic heirloom vegetable seedlings. Lots of activities for the kids too. More...

May 7: Less is More Native Landscaping and Walking Tour, 9:15 - 11am, Glen Ellyn. Join Jack Pizzo of Pizzo and Associates, as he explains how you can incorporate sustainable practices into your landscape while touring some of Glen Ellyn's sustainable gardens. More...

May 14: Gardenology, 10am - 4pm, downtown Geneva. It's all green in Geneva as the stores and restaurants go garden crazy - offering specials on garden-related products, and new menu items straight from the farm. Gardenology advisers will offer information on everything from gardening for wildlife to organic fertilizers. I couldn't possibly list all this event has to offer on my blog, so please go here for more info. 

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