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Hyde Park Garden Fair Helps Raise Money for Local Parks

By Sam Cholke | May 16, 2014 8:02am
 The Hyde Park Garden Fair kicks off Friday to raise money for neighborhood parks.
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HYDE PARK — The Hyde Park Garden Fair kicks off Friday morning with its annual plant sale to benefit local parks.

“The proceeds will support the wildflower garden at Nichols Park, and what we call Norah's Garden outside the fence at the south end of Spruce Park,” said Jane Ciacci, an organizer for the sale with the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference.

The sale starts at 9 a.m. at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave., with a wide selection of garden vegetables and herbs, annuals and perennials and even orchids.

Volunteers were out hand-selecting the plants to be sold at local growers on May 9, Ciacci said.

The volunteers in charge of annuals alone selected 86 different varieties from African blue-eyed daisies to zinnias.

The orchid volunteers made a pilgrimage out to Hausermann's Orchids in suburban Villa Park, which Ciacci said is considered “the very best place in the area to get orchids.”

The sale runs through 6 p.m. on Friday and starts again for a second round from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Volunteers will be on hand to help growers with each of the varieties on hand.

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