Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest

GCOPRF Aprons

The introductory price is just $30!
Oak Park pick up – shipping is not available at this time
Made of quality heavyweight cotton twill in hunter green
Stain resistant
Adjustable neck strap
Long ties in back
3 pockets big enough to hold gardening or cooking tools
Nicely packaged for gift giving
And they’re just cute!!

ORDERING AND PICKUP:
Order using Paypal, credit card, or check. Paypal and credit card orders can be made on the website: GCOPRF.ORG/SHOP. Please make pickup arrangements with the Ways and Means Committee. Pickup contact information will be on your emailed receipt. Please contact gcnews@gcoprf.org with any questions.

If paying by check, the check can be exchanged during pickup. Make checks payable to The Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest.

27TH Annual Oak Park & River Forest Garden Walk

Sunday, June 27th — 10 am to 4 pm
Information: 708-725-2400
FOPCON.ORG
GCOPRF.ORG

Do you need garden inspiration? Are you curious about your Oak Park and River Forest neighbor’s gardens? Come out and enjoy the 27th Annual Oak Park & River Forest Garden Walk (Garden Walk). The Garden Walk is a joint venture sponsored by the Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest (Garden Club) and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON). Garden Club proceeds are used for scholarships and community garden projects. FOPCON proceeds benefit the Oak Park Conservatory projects.

The 27th Annual Garden Walk, which features both public and private gardens, is a self-guided tour. Nine Oak Park and River Forest private gardens will be featured, along with the Oak Park Art League community garden. The tickets are non-refundable.

TICKET PRICE
$15 in advance
$20 event day
Children 12 and under free

ADVANCE TICKET SALES
Advance tickets for the public will be available June 1st on this website (PayPal or credit card). Advance tickets must be purchased by 5 pm June 26th.

GCOPRF.ORG/SHOP

Garden Club and FOPCON member tickets will be available May 1st. Members will receive a code for a reduced price. Follow the link to the Shop GCOPRF.ORG/SHOP

Tickets by mail (make out to GCOPRF). Orders must be
received by June 20th.

GCOPRF
P.O. Box 5633
River Forest IL 60305

Due to the pandemic, no advance tickets will be sold at the Oak Park Conservatory.

DAY OF GARDEN WALK
On the day of the event you must bring your ticket or Paypal receipt to exchange it at the Cheney Mansion or the Oak Park Conservatory (masks are required inside Park District facilities) for the Garden Guides/Maps that are required for admission to the gardens. The Garden Guides/Maps will be available from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm. Drive-up accommodations will be available at both sites for Garden Guide pick-up.

**Day of Walk Tickets available 6/26 5pm **

– Ticket Sales ($20 cash/check/credit card)
– Exchange of Tickets for Garden Guides/Map

9:30 am – 2:00 pm
LOCATIONS
Restrooms will be available at both locations (masks are required inside Park District facilities).
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park
OR
Cheney Mansion, 220 North Euclid Ave., Oak Park

COVID-19 GUIDANCE
The ticket sales at the Conservatory will be inside the building and masks will be required for entry per the Park District.
Park District of Oak Park Coronavirus Guidance

The Garden Club and FOPCON request that all attendees abide by the current CDC and State of Illinois guidance.
CDC Coronavirus Guidance
Illinois Coronavirus Guidance

Special Thanks
The 2021 Garden Walk Committee offers a sincere thank you to everyone who helped make this annual community event a success: the advertisers, those who donated prizes, and the Park District of Oak Park for their support. We would especially like to thank Marc Linne, the graphic designer who has for years offered his time and talent to create the Garden Guide.

2021 Garden Walk Committee
Sue Boyer, Walk co-chair, ad sales
Gina Sennello, Walk co-chair, Garden Guide editor, garden liaison
Kathy English, yard signs
Fran French, garden liaison
Carol Gallagher, treasurer
Ellen Kuner, publicity
Sue Molojevic, secretary, volunteers
Mary Cay Murray, ad sales
Sandy Noel, drawing
Mary O’Kiersey, photographer
Linda Reisberg, garden locator, yard signs

Links to our Sponsors
Davey Tree
Good Earth Greenhouse
Kiave Design
Kelty Lawn Care
Kelty Pavers
American Gardens, LLC
Gerger & Greco Landscaping (708) 484-5296
Lurie Garden
Luurs Garden Center
McAdam Landscaping
Park District of Oak Park

Year of the Butterfly

The monarch butterfly or simply monarch (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae.

The monarch butterfly has long been a symbol of life, regeneration, and hope. Widely recognized around the globe, the monarch is known in Central, North, and South America for the beauty of its metamorphosis and multigenerational migration.

Monarchs are migrating north and you can track their progress at Journey North

Check back often as new activities and information is added.

Butterfly Jokes
(See the bottom of the page for answers.)

1. Why did the kid throw the butter out the window?

2. Why didn’t the butterfly go to the dance?

3. What are caterpillars afraid of?

Inspired and guided by the Illinois Monarch Project, the Year of the Butterfly is an effort of local organizations cooperating to bring awareness to our community about how to support a healthy habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. Throughout the summer various groups will provide activities for families, lectures for adults, book recommendations, and plant sales. All will help to inform residents about butterflies, especially monarchs, some of the dangers they face, and what can be done to help.

Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest,West Cook Wild Ones, Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, and Interfaith Green Network thank everyone who has joined in this effort to bring the Year of the Butterfly to Life.

Come explore the Year of the Butterfly events and join us as we learn more about pollinator-friendly spaces.

April

Ongoing: Year of the Butterfly Instagram, Brooks Earth Action Team, All Ages

Ongoing: Year of the Butterfly Month by Month Resources, The Brooks Earth Action Team, All Ages

Ongoing: West Cook Wild Ones Pre-Order Native Plant Sale (Pick-up June 3-5)

April 1- 30: All About Milkweed and How to Grow It, Ascension Catholic Church, All Ages

April 15: Learn & Grow Plant Dividing, Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, Adults

April 22: Discovery Kit Book bag, Oak Park Public Library Year of the Butterfly, Families

May

May 1: Milkweed Seed Giveaway, River Forest Public Library, All Ages

May 5: Virtual Butterfly Storytime, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages

May 6: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages

May 7: McDonald Farm Visit, Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest, Adults

May 12: Virtual Butterfly Storytime, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages

May 12: Virtual Butterfly Gardening Program, Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest, Adults (Zoom)

May 13: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages

May 16: Monarch Conservation and the Illinois Monarch
Project, West Cook Wild Ones, Teens & Adults

May 19: Virtual Butterfly Storytime, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages

May 19: Milkweed Map, Oak Park and River Forest High School Environmental Club, All Ages

May 20: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages

May 22: Seed Giveaway at Oak Park Farmers Market, Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest, Families

May 26: Virtual Butterfly Storytime, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages

May 27: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages

June

June 1- 30: Dial-A-Story on Monarch Butterfly, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages

June 1: Children’s Pollinator Garden, Wonder Works Children’s Museum, All Ages

June 1: Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Kits, Including Milkweed Seed Kits, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages

June 3: Spring Native Plant Sale Pick Up, West Cook Wild Ones, Teens & Adults

June 3: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages

June 4 & 5: Pollinator Plant Sale, Oak Park Conservatory, All Ages

June 6: Migration Signage, Julian Middle School Green Team, All Ages

June 7: Virtual Origami Butterfly Video, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages

June 10: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages

June 11: Rain Garden Video Tour, Village of Oak Park, All Ages

June 11: Summer Reading Program Challenge, Oak Park Public Library, Families

June 12: Learn About Butterflies & Moths with Oak Park Public Library & Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, All Ages

June 13: Euclid Butterfly Garden Celebration, Euclid Ave United Methodist Church, All Ages

June 14: Origami Butterfly Kits, Oak Park Public Library, Families

June 17: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages

June 27: Butterfly Life Cycle Craft Kit, OPRF Garden Walk, Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest, Families

JUNE 27. Information on pollinator gardens at Garden Walk, All Ages

July

July 1-31: Dial-A-Story on Monarch Butterfly, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages

July 10: Learn About Bees, Flies & Wasps with Trailside Museum of Natural History & Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, All Ages

July 18: Native Predatory Wasps: Their Role as Pollinators and Beneficial Insects, West Cook Wild Ones, Teens and Adults

July 22: Planting for Monarch Butterflies in All Their Life Stages, Trailside Museum, Adults

July 24: Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour, West Cook Wild Ones, All Ages

August

August 1: Parkways for Pollinators, River Forest Sustainability Commission, Families

August 9: Outdoor Butterfly Story Time, River Forest Public Library, Families

August 9: Story Garden, River Forest Public Library, Families

August 10: Live Virtual Story Time, River Forest Public Library, Families

August 12: Outdoor Butterfly Story Time, River Forest Public Library, Families

August 14: Learn About Bats & Pollinator Friends with WonderWorks Children’s Museum & Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, All Ages

August 21: Insect Pollinator Sketching, Trailside Museum, Adults

August 28: Raising Monarch Butterflies, Trailside Museum, Families

September

September 12: Migrating Monarch Butterfly Festival, Trailside Museum, All Ages

TBD. Tour of Butterfly Garden at Dominican University.

Butterfly and native plant news
Monarchs are migrating north and you can track their progress at Journey North: Journey North

Here is an Excellent NYTimes article by Margaret Renkl about why we should all plant natives in our gardens: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/28/opinion/immigrant-plants-ecosystem.html

Check out what your neighbors are doing for the Year of the Butterfly

Illinois Monarch Project

Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory Year of the Butterfly Program
FOPCON.ORG/year-of-the-butterfly

Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood Monarch Program
University of Chicago Service League’s Monarch Program

Andersonville Neighborhood Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
Andersonville Neighborhood Monarch Sanctuary

Answers 1.To see the butter fly! 2. Because it was a moth ball! 3. Doger-pillars!

Oak Park Art League Garden Civic Beautification Project Book for Sale

Oak Park Art League Garden Civic Beautification Project

The club’s work on the Oak Park Art League Garden won two awards from the Garden Clubs of Illinois, Myrtle Walgreen Memorial Award, 3rd Place and Planting for Pollinators, Honorable Mention. The club received a Special Award rosette because two projects were eligible to compete nationally. Congratulations to all who participated. (July, 2020)

Elaine Allen, Joan Meister and Linda Reisberg, co-chairs of the Civic Beautification Committee orchestrated the makeover, along with help from club member Tracey Schroeder. They worked with Carolyn Pipal from Lofton Landscaping, a local landscaping and design firm, as well as coordinating ideas with the Oak Park Art League. Many of the club members pitched in with shovels and spades.

About the Book
The Oak Park Art League Garden over the years had lost its original structure and was an area of plantings that were not complementing each other, invasive growth, bare patches and spindly trees. By enlisting a garden designer and following a plan, we repositioned plants and added new ones while keeping to the theme of a natural, artist garden.

About the Author
In retirement I took to gardening and joined the Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest. After about 9 years involved with the club I was drawn to Civic Beautification and revitalizing the Art League Garden in Oak Park, Illinois. It has taken over two years but what I have learned has enriched my life and this was indeed a labor of love. -Elaine Allen

Purchase the Book

Available at GCOPRF.ORG/SHOP

There are three options for purchase.

1) Personal check and local pick up, $12 (includes tax). Make pickup arrangements with Nancy Wolford or Barb Graham. Personal check made out to Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest due at delivery.

2) Website Paypal and local pickup, $12 (includes tax). Make pickup arrangements with Nancy Wolford or Barb Graham.

$12.00Add to cart

3) Website purchase directly from the publisher (Blurb) with delivery, $17.19 (total includes tax and delivery).

$17.19Buy product

updated 10/30/20

Butterflies, Flying Flowers, Dave Brooks

Dave Brooks – “Butterflies, Flying Flowers”

This program discusses gardening for butterflies including caterpillar host plants and nectar plants for adults. The Manager of Conservation Services of the Schaumburg Park District will address native plant gardens with respect to attractive colors and shapes, sunlight, water and shelter needs, and overwintering considerations.

dabrooks@parkfun.com

Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest Monthly Meeting

May 12, 2021
12:30 pm

Join us for some casual social time at 12:30 PM before the program. The one hour presentation will begin at 1:00 PM. An email reminder will be sent to the registered members a week before the event; a sign-in link will be sent on the day of the program.

Members may freely share the link with friends, but no email links will be sent from the club to non-members.

New members are always welcome. To attend as a member please click Membership and join.

Zoom Program Information

To sign into our Zoom program locate the email with the link to the meeting. It is also helpful to write down, on a sheet of paper the meeting ID, and the Passcode, just in case. Click the Join Zoom Meeting address. This will bring you to a waiting room until the program starts.

It is a good idea to sign on early (15 minutes or so) to make sure your device is connecting. If you cannot connect by clicking on the link, you can go to Zoom.us/join…

If you are joining from a mobile device (Android smartphone/tablet, Apple iPhone/iPad) then it will simply prompt you to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from the App/Play Store.

If you are joining from a computer for the first time you will need to download a small application file.

If you sign on with Google you will need to enter YOUR Google password.

We look forward to seeing you at the program. Yes, we will see each other unless you opt out of your video. Your audio will be turned off by the host/program speaker. Questions to the speaker can be typed in the chat bar. These will be answered at the end of the program.

Lighting

It seems best if your lighting is in front of you, not from above or behind.
You can check your lighting by using your phone camera in the selfie mode to check your lighting ahead of time. Position your monitor for the best angle.