Chicago Sustainable Backyards garden rebate

Chicago homeowners can get up to $250 in rebates for flood-proofing landscape projects such as planting shrubs and catching stormwater.

The city-funded Chicago Sustainable Backyards program will be detailed at the April 3 East Village Association meeting, starting at 7pm in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. The Wicker Park-based Center for Neighborhood Technology project refunds half the cost of trees, native plants, compost bins and rain barrels purchased this year.

Garden centers and stores involved in the rebate include Ashland Ace Hardware, City Escape, Costco, Fertile Garden, Gethsemane, Home Depot, Jayson Home, Menards, Sprout Home, Christy Webber and Whole Foods.

A 6 pm June 13 workshop at the West Town branch library, 1625 W. Chicago Ave., will offer more details on how to install a rain barrel, set up a compost bin or plant a tree.
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