Thank you to everyone who attended the second workshop of our virtual summer series on June 29th! Danielle Russell from Openlands gave an amazing introduction to encouraging biodiversity in the city, including some tips on how to promote biodiversity in your own garden.
To view the entire workshop schedule and register for upcoming workshops, please click on the following links for the fliers in both Spanish and English where the registration link can be found:
Virtual Workshop: Encouraging Biodiversity
Running Q&A document from summer workshop series
Workshop Resources and Links
- Listen to Danielle Russell speak about pollinators on the Roots Watering Hole Podcast.
- Use this resource to determine which plants attract which pollinators by region: Pollinators Native Plants List.
- Take the pledge to help save the monarch butterfly: Monarch Butterfly Pledge.
- View Big Green’s guide to safely dealing with pests and plant diseases.
- Learn more about becoming an Openlands TreeKeeper.
- Catch up on the last session of this workshop series, Introduction to Summer Gardening in Chicago.
Relaxing Lavender Chamomile Gummies
During the workshop, attendee Kathleen Hardy shared with us a recipe for relaxing lavender chamomile gummies! If you plant lavender and chamomile in your garden to encourage pollinators, this recipe would be a great way to put some of those flowers to use. Use a gummy or two in place of a cup of tea for a soothing treat.
- 1/2 cup sugar, honey, or combination of the two
- 2 cups of water for the gelatin, plus 1/4 cup water for the syrup
- Up to 1/4 cup lavender
- 1/4 cup chamomile tea (or 2-4 tea bags of your choice of calming tea)
- 3 packages plain gelatin
- To make simple syrup, combine honey, water, and lavender in a small saucepan. Bring ingredients to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain the lavender buds using cheesecloth or a strainer. You should have about 3/4-1 cup of lavender syrup.
- Brew a strong 1 to 1-1/2 cups of whatever tea you are making. Let cool to a warm, not hot, temperature.
- Pour tea in mixing bowl and add about 1/2 cup of the lavender syrup, or more if you’d like a sweeter gummy. Whisk in all of the gelatin. Pour into mold/ice cube tray and refrigerate until firm. Remove from mold (set into a pan of hot water for a minute to loosen them) and transfer to a container. Gummies will keep in the fridge for about a week. The leftover lavender syrup is also good in a cup of tea just by itself!
We would love to keep featuring recipes from the community throughout this workshop series, so if you have a recipe you’d like to share please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have any other questions about the workshops series please feel free to reach out to this email as well.