One Seed Chicago is Spreading More Than One Seed: Find Out How to Get Yours For Free

June 08, 2010

One Seed Chicago is giving away one packet of Bee Balm seeds to anyone who wants one, while supplies last.

Each year, One Seed Chicago holds a contest asking Chicagoans to vote for their favorite seed out of three seed choices. The winning seed, which was announced at the Green & Growing Urban Garden Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory on April 24, is awarded free to participants.

You can have one too! (And you don’t even have to be a Chicago resident!) Again, while supplies last.

The three prairie-grass seeds on the ballot this year were Nodding Onion, Purple Coneflower and Bee Balm, a beautiful pinkish-purplish perennial.

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Beautiful Bee Balm

One Seed Chicago wrote this: “This year the winning seed will be from a plant that was once commonly found in the prairies around Chicago, but that is now rare in the wild outside of prairie restoration projects and cultivated gardens. Once established this native plant will require little water, is less prone to diseases and attracts beneficial insects and birds to a garden.”

You can grow your seeds in a garden, container garden, window box or community garden. Teachers can request a classroom-sized packet to share with students.

One Seed Chicago, an organization devoted to greening urban places, is a not-for-profit project of NeighborSpace, Chicago’s land trust for community gardens.

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