Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest

Columbus Park Guided Tour

Garden Club of OPRF Field Trip
On Tuesday, October 6, the Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest sponsored a walk-through Columbus Park. Jette Castro, along with her husband Tony, led the trip for the maximum group of 15. It was a beautiful fall day and most attendees had never visited that part of Columbus Park. You can find a fascinating read about what landscape architect Jens Jensen called, “Balm for the Human Soul,” at NPS.gov , which is the National Park Service official site. Enter in the search space: “Chicago’s Columbus Park.” If you only have limited time, we recommend scrolling down, past the teachers’ section to the section called “Determining the Facts.” Here you will find the fascinating history of the park. I think you will agree that the historic landmark status granted in 2003 is deserved. The group’s take away was one question: “Who knew?”

It was a beautiful fall morning and Jette (& Tony) did an excellent job helping us find birds. Collectively the following birds were observed: a Great Blue Heron, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Northern Flicker, a Brown Creeper, a Northern Cardinal, American Robins, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Wood ducks, Canada Geese, Mallards and sparrows. Club members also enjoyed the flowers like Blue Astors. We learned that the park district found that planting tall plants at the water’s edge keep the geese from walking, and pooping, on their way to the water. Instead they fly directly to the pond. We ended the tour at the Refrectory building patio where we admired its mural from afar as well as the building’s architectural designs. Columbus Park was inaugurated in 1920. According to the 100th Anniversary book, the group learned that Jens Jensen gave a presentation on “Landscape Gardening” to the Garden Club of OPRF in February of 1919.

CBD and Hemp-What’s all the fuss? October 14, 2020 (Zoom)

On October 14, from 1:00-2:00, Barbara Collins will present “CBD and Hemp-What’s all the Fuss?”

Do you actually know the difference between cannabinoid, hemp and marijuana? Barb will walk you through the growing and vetting processes of each. Along the way, she will give many examples and common uses. Barbara can be contacted on LinkedIn.com

An Evite will be sent to the membership. Please RSVP to the Evite. The meeting will be conducted on-line. If the Zoom application is used the number of participants will be limited to 100. Log in to Zoom up to a half hour early to troubleshoot any technical issues and to join us for some casual social time before the program. 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.

New members are always welcome. To attend the upcoming Garden Club virtual meetings, please click Membership and join.

Handout

Hemp and CBD
By Barbara L Collins, MS
October 14, 2020
This presentation is intended to provide educational information related to CBD history, legal information, potential medical benefits and risks. It is not a recommendation to use Cannabis, CBD or any CBD related product.

If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.

Review of Corn Zea mays
All corn is derived from this species.

Hemp Cannabis sativa
All hemp is derived from this species.

The difference between Hemp and Marijuana
Hemp (less than 0.3% THC dry weight) vs. Marijuana (greater than 0.3% THC dry weight)
Industrial Hemp crops and uses
Building materials, biofuel, Phytoremediation, textiles, paper

Hemp seed oil comes from cold pressing the seeds of hemp plants.
Food and body care.

History of Cannabis sativa
Indigenous to Central and South Asia
For millennia, the plant has been valued for its use for fiber, rope, food and medicine.
American settlers were required to grow hemp.

During WWII, industrial hemp was grown for the Armed Services.

Marijuana is discussed only to delineate it from hemp.
The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, the 1970 Controlled Substance Act

Then, in 2018, the Farm Bill removed hemp containing 0.3% or less THC from the Controlled Substances Act and hemp-derived CBD was legalized.

CBD does not fall under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and thus has not undergone those standards.

The Endocannabinoid System is one of the naturally occurring systems of humans.
Phytocannabinoids including CBD are derived from plants. CBD is isolated from the stem, stalk and seeds of hemp plants. CBD oil adds coconut or hemp seed oil. CBD concentration varies from 5-20%.
Baby leaf hemp is being developed at Cornell University and is potentially being used as an edible salad green.

Hemp in the US

Hemp is considered an agricultural crop.
CBD-rich hemp could be worth as much as $10,000 an acre as of 2018.
Illinois allows licensed hemp production (40 per year at $10,000 per license).

Chicago Tribune, July 7, 2020 article.
World statistics: $4 billion –In 2019; Brighton Group estimates of $20 billion by 2025.
Illinois record of $48 million in June, 2020.

Nasturtium News September 2020

Programs: Our first Zoom meeting was quite a success! On September 9, Cindy Crosby presented The Tallgrass Prairie: Grocery Store, Apothecary and Love Charm Shop. Members were able to see one another and chat on Zoom for a few minutes before the program, just like old times, but without the hospitality table! Cindy took us through nature’s shop and listed the various prairie plants and their place in nature’s general store, whether as toys, dyes, food, or love potions. Cindy is a Prairie Steward at Morton Arboretum’s Schulenberg Prairie and at Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, IL. She recommends a visit to either of these prairies to see native plants and wildflowers firsthand, and also recommends Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, IL. The more local Wolf Road Prairie is also of interest, as well as Kankakee Sands in Indiana.

Books describing native plants and their uses, recommended by Cindy:
o Native American Ethnobotany, Daniel E. Moerman
o Medicinal WildPlants of the Prairie, Kelly Kindscher
o Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie, Kelly Kindscher
o Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Sylvan T. Runkel & Dean M. Roosa

Our next Zoom program October 14: Barbara Collins, CBD and Hemp-What’s all the Fuss? Do you actually know the difference between cannabinoid, hemp and marijuana? Barb will walk you through the growing and vetting processes of each. Along the way, she will give many examples and common uses. Please be sure to respond to the evite in order to receive a Zoom link!

Our field trips committee has more fall suggestions for self-scheduled outdoor activities:
o The Clare top-10-places-for-bird-watching-in-chicago/
o Trailside Museum September events
o West Cook Wild Ones is hosting Native Gardens Through the Seasons:A Virtual Walk on
Saturday, September 12. Tickets

The new 2020-21 Club Directory is at the printer and will be mailed to your home soon. A warm welcome to the members who are new in the directory this year: Barbara Pagniucci, Judy Klem, Christy Bonstell, Erin Ptacek, Rachel Aubyrn, Snehal Mehta, John Egan, Nancy Van Der Griend, Barbara Dolan, Jan Westcott, Susan Elster-Jones, Madeleine Milan, Emily Hartung, Kathryn Humphreys, Mary O’Kiersey and Haruko Shino.

Landscape Design School is scheduled for October: Garden Clubs of Illinois for information

Lombard Garden Club will be hosting a preorder and pickup lilac sale at Lilacia Park on September 10 – 12, 2020. See Lombard Garden Club

The National Gardener magazine, the official quarterly publication of National Garden Clubs, is now available free online. (It formerly required a paid subscription.) It’s full of useful and interesting articles. Please bookmark it and check it out.

PLANTCEDES: If you are interested in being notified when a neighbor has extra plants to share, or if you occasionally have extra plants yourself, please directly contact Gloria Backman at plantcede@gmail.com to join her email list.

Stay safe and keep gardening!

Lisa Cederoth & Mary Ellen Warner, co-presidents

Nasturtium Notes 8.2

Programs: On September 9, from 1:00-2:00, Cindy Crosby will present “The Tallgrass Prairie: Grocery Store, Apothecary and Love Charm Shop.” https://cindycrosby.com/ We will send an evite to the membership. PLEASE RESPOND TO THE EVITE in order to get a Zoom link the day of the program.

Directory: If any of your information for the new 2020-21 Club Directory has changed since last year, please notify Joan Figatner ASAP: vpmembership@gcoprf.org.

• Garden Clubs of Illinois has some useful information this month on trees, viburnum leaf beetle, and jumping worms. Check it out: https://www.gardenclubsofillinois.org/the-importance-of-trees

• Landscape Design School is scheduled for October: https://www.gardenclubsofillinois.org/event- information

• Lombard Garden Club will be hosting a preorder and pickup lilac sale at Lilacia Park on September 10 – 12, 2020. See https://lombard-garden-club-lilac-sale.myshopify.com/

• The National Gardener magazine, the official quarterly publication of National Garden Clubs, is now available free online. (It formerly required a paid subscription.) It’s full of useful and interesting articles. Please bookmark it and check it out: https://www.gardenclub.org/national-gardener-online

• Just for fun:
o https://getgrowingfoundation.org/ Sign up for information on Plant Truck Chicago, communityoutreach programs, and the Get Growing Series YouTube Channel.

o West Cook Wild Ones is hosting Native Gardens Through the Seasons: A Virtual Walk on Saturday, September 12. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-gardens-through-the-seasons-a-virtual-walk-tickets-114711146126

o Our field trips committee suggests you consider a trip to Columbus Park: https://www.facebook.com/groups/233989470332311/permalink/1060342421030341/

o One Earth Film Festival has online films and is seeking reviewers for next year’s film lineup. https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/

Stay safe and keep gardening!

Lisa Cederoth & Mary Ellen Warner, co-presidents