Seeds on the ballot for One Seed Chicago this year.
- Bee Balm
- Nodding Onion
- P. Coneflower
Winning seed will be announced April 24th at the Green and Growing Fair, Garfield Park Conservatory.
I remember learning in General Psychology about how participating in tandem rituals builds loyalty and unity in societies. In the United States, the best examples of this are standing during the National Anthem and saying the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. I've struggled with this concept at times (for reasons not relevant to a garden blog), but I get the point. It brings us together and sometimes that's a good thing.
For the third year in a row One Seed Chicago will be distributing a single seed variety to Chicago Gardeners and come summer, I'll be standing in my garden admiring a beautiful plant whilst a bunch of other Chicago Gardeners admire the same plant in their own gardens. Pictures will be taken. Blog posts will be written. We'll be tweeting our asses off about these plants. Holy Cow, this is gonna be fun!
Gardening is a very solitary activity. And what a person plants in their garden tells just as much about them as the way they decorate their home does. We may never get to visit each other's gardens, but, by reading about these three beautiful prairie plants, voting, then growing the seed in your garden, you'll be gardening with me, in spirit.
One Seed Chicago is fostering a sense of community amongst gardeners and I think we need that.
Here's the official press release...