Keeler Gardens’ First Volunteer Orientation

Gina, the lead horticulturist specialist, is in the foreground holding a ranunculus as volunteers sit and neel in the background over pots they are planting with bulbs and other plants.

Volunteer to Connect with Nature

Keeler Gardens is growing – plants, habitats, and programs. With this grow comes quite a bit of work and we could really use your help. Are you looking for a way to connect with nature? Maybe you are looking for a chance to take a break in a soothing setting while giving back to the community; or you are hoping to make your thumb a little greener. If you have a desire to learn and share skills we have an opportunity for you…volunteer with us at Keeler Gardens.

Spring Volunteer Orientation at Keeler Gardens

Saturday, May 12, 2018

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Our volunteer orientation meeting will to introduce you to the work we are doing at Keeler Gardens and how you might be able to help. Join us for a tour of the space, a short, informal presentation on our programs, and information on the many ways you can volunteer with us. You can visit with us just to get to know us and the space, and if you decide you want to volunteer we will find a great fit for your skills and desires.
Gina, the lead horticulturist specialist, is in the foreground holding a ranunculus as volunteers sit and neel in the background over pots they are planting with bulbs and other plants.
Volunteers at our Spring Planting Event
If for some reason you cannot attend please contact us at any time to learn more about our volunteer program (  Visit our website to see a list of all the areas in which we need help, from activities in the garden to supporting roles both on-site and off. Are you interested in hummingbirds? Keeler Gardens has dedicated a space specifically for hummingbirds. Help us make sure they have the food and water they need, and can find the garden from high above. Would you like to learn how we give our plants the best change to be as healthy as possible? Throughout the year Keeler Gardens offers all our plants the opportunity to thrive. This takes regular monitoring and care. Help support a complete, dedicated program that will connect you with nature as you care for a myriad of plant species. Or do you just want to get outside, at any time of the year? There is always something to do at Keeler Gardens, every month finds us staying connected with nature with simple tasks and large projects. So join us on Saturday, May 12, at 10:00 a.m. to learn a little, work a little, and connect with nature and the community. We have space for about 30 people at this orientation and we would be thrilled to see you there. You can respond directly via email or to our Facebook event. And please fill out this quick questionnaire (click hereto let us know how you would be interested in participating.   

Thank You!

Two community members are bending down to inspect pepper and tomato plants in Keeler Gardens. There are a few red tomatoes and peppers visible, and the background is full of lush plants and flowers, along with two white plastic chairs.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you!

Keeler Gardens has been offering programs to connect with nature for about a year now and we felt it was time to give you an update along with our heartfelt thanks.

Year One at Keeler Gardens

We have had a very active year speaking at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Lincoln Park Zoo. We have had programs in schools, camps, and with cultural groups. We’ve opened Keeler Gardens to the community for both private and public events and supported nearby churches, the local garden club, and our community members.

Awesome time with @core4skills. Kids worked in the #dirt and potted #seedlings for the #community.

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We’ve partnered with other groups to expand our offerings, we are a demonstration site for the Bionutrient Food Association focusing on rebuilding our soil for nutrient dense produce; we will host bee hives for Sloanstead Honey building our natural habitat, and we are one of the first organizations to provide opportunities through the youth-oriented Yolobe app piloted at Schurz High School. We are also developing our internship program at several different levels.

We had a great time with the #schurzhighschool #botany class, teaching photography Monday. Blog post soon! #biophilia

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With every program and event we have given participants a chance to improve their focus and knowledge base, relieve stress, better the environment, and build a network.

We hope that you will join our email list, we send out invitations to events and periodic updates, and we will be sending out a reminder about #GivingTuesday for those of you that can support our capital campaign.

Keeler Gardens’ Capital Campaign

With the multiple matching opportunities this year, every contribution can make a difference.

Here’s how…

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Everyday Amazon Smile








Keeler Gardens has partnered with Amazon Smile. Support us when you shop on Black Friday. Go to and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Keeler Gardens whenever you shop on Amazon Smile. That’s right, after you sign up, throughout the year whenever you shop at Amazon just go through Amazon Smile and Keeler Gardens will get the donation.

#GivingTuesday Facebook Donation Match

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year Tuesday, November 28, 2017, is considered Giving Tuesday or #GivingTuesday on social media. This year Keeler Gardens will be focusing our donation efforts for #GivingTuesday on Facebook. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation have teamed up to offer a $2,000,000 donation match through any donations raised on Facebook. In addition all credit card fees will be waived by Facebook for the day.

And we also have an exciting announcement. Several events have coincided for an incredible start to our Capitol Campaign. A very generous donor has offered to sponsor a matching challenge for individual donations of $1000 up to a total of $5000. So if you or someone you know donates $1000 through the Facebook Donate button on #GivingTuesday, your  donation could turn into $3000!

Please remember that the matching grant through Facebook will only last until the two million dollars runs out. With so many worth while charities taking part please consider donating early at 7:00 a.m. central time when the program begins.

Holiday Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick Off

Please join us on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Keeler Gardens for our Holiday Celebration. All details can be found on our Facebook Event Page here. This is a non-ticked event and all are welcome.

We are so fortunate to have a space we can share with local and extended communities and we hope you will join us in our efforts to continue to offer everyone a chance to improve their mental, physical, and emotional health through a strong connection with nature.

With our sincere thanks we also offer our programs to you. Please take advantage of what Keeler Gardens brings to the community, stop by, spend a little time with us.

The Evolution of a Garden Featuring Keeler Gardens

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Keeler Gardens was fortunate to be the feature of a discussion on the transformation of a city space into an urban oasis. The presentation was almost an hour long and included some wonderful before and after imagery, along with some of the why’s and how’s of the garden’s evolution.  Today we have for you the audio track of that presentation and a link to the actual “slide show”, so if you wanted to follow along you can.  We will update this post once we have synchronized the audio and slide show.

If you would just like to listen we included here in the post a few of the images from the presentation to give you some of the visuals.

Very soon we will be adding a page to our website that will take you through the transformation, image by image, a permanent addition to our website that can be enjoyed for the experiences, and as a continued view into how Keeler Gardens grows every season.

Come Visit Keeler Gardens

Wonderful picture of the front garden in full spring bloom. Lilacs in the foreground with lady's mantle, with Ajuga ground cover under the burning bush on the left display garden, and magic carpet spirea and irises in the far background.

Wonderful picture of the front garden in full spring bloom. Lilacs in the foreground with lady's mantle, with Ajuga ground cover under the burning bush on the left display garden, and magic carpet spirea and irises in the far background. GARDEN WALK AT KEELER GARDENS

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016 

10 AM – 2 PM

Come take a walk through Keeler Gardens, have a glass of lemonade and a snack, and learn a bit about our teaching garden.  We are approximately 1500 square feet of green on a Chicago city lot, offering as much as we can to the community.  See what we have created with ten years of diligence and hard work.  And we will have some giveaways, plants we have propagated, though supplies may run out fast.

We are planning for Keeler Gardens to formally serve the community at all levels of horticulture and so we are announcing Keeler Gardens, NFP, our new non-for-profit.  Learn more about us here.

Our garden is at 3631 N. Keeler Avenue in Chicago.  We are two blocks west of Pulaski Ave. and just north of Addison St.  It’s a big green house with a wrap around porch.  You can park on the street or in the parking lot across the alley in the rear.  Please check in at the front garden and you will join one of the many tours being offered throughout the day.

May Flowers at Keeler Gardens

So we are taking a walk through the gardens again.  It’s mid-may and we have Ajuga in bloom, tulips making a relatively graceful exit, and the peonies are on their way.  You may have seen this video live on Facebook, when we featured the front gardens in bloom.

This is the premier of the second video though, of the rear gardens, where the poppies are budding along with the many roses we hope to show you in a few weeks.  There are many spring blooms to see, now, and in the upcoming days.  Stay tuned for more…


Keeler Gardens, Spring 2016

Late last week we did a live stream feed of the spring show here in the front garden at Keeler Gardens.  We also filmed a video of the back garden, which is more a preview of what’s to come this summer.  Take a look at the videos and we will post some images soon.