Growing and Green Living Resources

Beekeeper showing visitors a demonstration hive

Learn about composting, gardening and more with our growing and green living resources. Plant list from our most recent or upcoming plants sales can be found on this page which include their care instructions. You can also find recorded lectures here as well. If you have a resource or program request, please contact Mattie Wilson, Director of Programs and Interpretation at

Lecture Series

Our monthly 2nd Wednesday Lecture Series varies on topics and formats. Resources from those talks can be found here.

September 9, 2020

Monet and Chicago with Gloria Groom and Peter Vrotsos

Thanks to CAN-TV, we have recorded lectures from:

February 12, 2020

Unsung Pioneers of Science with Urban Roots

January 10, 2018

Eat for Health

Plant Sales + Giveaways

Learn how to take care of the Tulip Giveaway bulbs:

2021 Tulip Giveaway Planting Instructions

We offer a variety of plants at sales throughout the year.

Shop our new online gift shop for GPC plants and honey!

Past sale care information:

2020 February Plant Sale List Succulents/Cacti

2020 February Plant Sale List – Tropicals/Houseplants

Urban Horticulture

Check out our Urban Horticulture Demo Cart! Here you’ll learn tips and tricks for growing healthy plants at home. Links open in new tabs.

DIY Upcycled Planters

Seed Germination Tests

Seeding Care Sheet


Visit our composting demos every Saturday 11am – 12:30pm to hear from our knowledgeable volunteers on composting topics. Ready to get started composting at home?

Download a compost brochure!