We’re Back!

The Garden Club started up its regular Wed @ noon monthly meetings again today (we break for the summer). I could only stay for the mixer + business meeting part before heading back to work, but the food was delicious (pesto-mayonnaise on the sandwiches was inspired, and that chocolate cake, yum), and Kathy English donated a host of dahlias and other gorgeousness from her garden.

SO SO PRETTY.

The speaker that I had to miss was going to talk about herbs, which looked really interesting. Next month will be a talk abut the do’s and don’t’s of putting your garden to bed — link to schedule in the comments. All are welcome to Garden Club meetings — you don’t have to be a paid member.

Garden Herbs for Gourmet Cooking, 9/12/18

The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest are pleased to announce the first program for the 2018-2019 season:  “Garden Herbs for Gourmet Cooking and Specialties”.  On September 12, 2018 at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park, noon until approximately 1:00 p.m. will be  snacks, socializing and club announcements; then the featured speaker, Ms. Marcy Lautener-Raleigh.

Ms. Lautener-Raleigh relates that she began growing herbs in 1992 after attending a class in Geneva, IL.  By 1995 she had established the “Backyard Patch” to market her herbs.  What began as a hobby turned into her personal passion.  Ms. Lautener-Raleigh became a published author on the subject of herbs and maintains a blog:  www.backyardpatch.blogspot.com. to share her knowledge of herb gardening.

The program is free and open to all.  Please join us at noon on September 12, 2018.

 

 

Bobbie’s Flying Jewels

Black Swallowtail

 

 

Yellow or Tiger Swallowtail

These beautiful butterflies were among many (including monarchs and skippers) recently viewed in Bobbie Raymond’s zinnia garden.

 

Another in the family Papilionoidea

This Pipevine Swallowtail photographed by Suzanne Griffin and submitted here by Sue Milojevic.

The rain this year has prolonged the growing season for parsley, dill, fennel and rue plants on which swallowtails lay their eggs.

Here in northwest Indiana we have been seeing a lot more Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) this year.  No doubt helped along by the monarch nursery at the home of Master Gardener friend, Laurelle Miskowicz

 

 

 

Although most of the 550 species of swallowtails are found in warm tropical climates, those that are in colder climates overwinter as pupae.   Eastern  north American Monarch butterflies, on the other hand, migrate south to central Mexico in September and October.   Monarchs  living west of the Rocky Mountains winter in California near Santa Cruz and San Diego.

June Members’ Tea

Delightful Garden Club members’ tea on Wednesday, hosted at the Oak Park Art League. We ate, we drank, we chipped in a bit towards the ongoing garden renovation project at the art league, coordinated by Tracey Schroeder. Lovely start to summer.