Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest

Status of Events During the Coronavirus State Emergency

The September meeting has not as yet been planned. There was a Zoom meeting with other Garden Club presidents as to how to maneuver under the new COVID-19 guidelines. The Board will be meeting this month to discuss our programs going forward.

The annual May luncheon for the Garden Club of Oak Park River Forest has been canceled due to COVID19 and the Illinois Shelter-in-Place Executive Order. The luncheon had been scheduled for May 13 at the Oak Park Country Club. Plans are to reschedule the event.

The 27th annual Oak Park and River Forest Garden Walk, originally set for June 28, 2020 has been cancelled due to Coronavirus social distancing concerns. The Garden Walk Committee is already making plans for next year’s Garden Walk on June 27, 2021. The Committee thanks the homeowners and the Oak Park Art League for their generous support and looks forward to working with them next year. The Garden Walk is a joint venture of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Proceeds from the Garden Walk funds the missions of both organizations, including educational programs and scholarships.

Updated :7/8/20

Check back for updates on scheduled events.

July 2020 Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter

Hello Garden Club Members!

We hope you all saw the nice article in the Wednesday Journal, June 24th featuring the Garden Walks that we co-sponsor with the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Since we could not hold it this year they featured one of the garden owners and the 27 year history of the Garden Walk. The article is available online at Oak Park.Com. Also see Dan Haley’s
Blog.

The Oak Park Art League was to be on the Garden Walk this year showcasing our 3 year club project. We received a thank you from OPAL Executive Director Jill Kramer Goldstein and Board President Kim Robinson for “funding and planting foliage and shrubbery in our Carriage House Gallery.” OPAL is to maintain the garden. Then during the June 26th storm, lightning struck two trees on the property to the west and they fell across the entire front court yard. The trees have been removed and Elaine Allen, co-chair of Civic Beautification has been in contact with them concerning insurance replacement. The most damage was done to a Hemlock, Magnolia and three Quick Fire Hydrangeas. Elaine had documented the entire project in a book of photography and plant material care.

The club gave two $3,000 scholarships to Oak Park River Forest High School graduating students, Elise Beile and Geneva Domantay. Elise will be going to The University of California Santa Cruz and is planning on majoring in environmental studies and sustainability. Geneva will be going to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and will be studying marine biology and environmental science. They wrote informative thank you notes to the club. Cherie Fedota is our Scholarship Chair.

Gina Sennello, Cherie Fedota and Kathy English have been working this summer on a logo/shield for our club to use as a signature design. Look for it on our Membership Directory in September.

Website – Dori Bernstein has been busy working on our Website, adding more information about the club.

Membership Chair, Joan Figatner reported that we had 9 new members after the Wednesday Journal article and a comment on the FaceBook group by Katrina Spears.

Mosquito alert! River Forest has mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile virus. So please, be sure to spray repellent before gardening and eliminate any standing water.

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.

The September meeting has not as yet been planned. We have had a Zoom meeting with other Garden Club presidents as to how to maneuver under the new COVID-19 guidelines. The board will be meeting this month to discuss our programs going forward.

Stay safe and enjoy your gardens!
Mary Ellen Warner & Lisa Cederoth, co-presidents

Newsletter June 2020

The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest Established 1917
June 2020 Newsletter

Hello Garden Club Members!

• Meetings: March 11 was our last face-to-face meeting before park district buildings closed and we were ordered to stay at home due to COVID-19. It seems forever ago, but let’s keep gardening until we can meet again. Our gardens can bring a bit of beauty, joy and peace to ourselves, our families, our neighbors and our world, even if our garden is just a pot of flowers on a balcony.

• Our meetings will begin again in September as scheduled. The Programs committee will try to find flexible presentations that may allow us to have “virtual meetings” for the beginning of next Garden Club year if we are not able to meet in person.

• Most or all of the cancelled 2020 Garden Walk homeowners promised to participate in next year’s walk. Thank you to Gina Sennello, Sue Boyer and the GW committee for all their hard work and preparation which will streamline planning for next year’s event.

• We missed our much-beloved May Luncheon and summer Tea this year, but if circumstances allow, there may a social event in the fall. The decision will be made later this summer.

• 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.

• The new Garden Club Board has been meeting by Zoom for the last two months. New ideas include developing a Garden Club logo/seal and a FaceBook profile page.

• Our most recent Civic Beautification project is now complete: the gardens of the Oak Park Art League at 720 Chicago Avenue. Please stop by and visit when you have a chance. Thank you to Elaine Allen for spearheading the effort.

• For summer reading and learning, Joan Meister, Civic Beautification/Environmental co-chair suggests: READING THE LANDSCAPE OF AMERICA by May Theilgaard Watts, beautifully written and self-illustrated with simple-to-follow drawings. May was the first staff naturalist at the Morton Arboretum, and after retirement she led the movement to convert abandoned railroad rights-of-way into the Illinois Prairie Path. May was a scholar, teacher, poet and artist and defender of native plants. Available to order through The Book Table or other outlets.
Stay safe and keep gardening!

Lisa Cederoth & Mary Ellen Warner, co-presidents

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