Gardening Volunteer Opportunity

All volunteer opportunities have been suspended until May 30th. Please contact Kent Gentry for more information on volunteer opportunities to help with the vegetable gardens at the Cheney Mansion. The volunteer request is for one day per week during the growing season. All produce will be donated to the local food pantry, Beyond Hunger.

Kent Gentry, Greenhouse Supervisor, Oak Park Conservatory,, 708-725-2453

Updated 5/5/20

Status of Events During the Coronavirus State Emergency

The annual May luncheon for the Garden Club of Oak Park River Forest has been canceled due to COVID19 and the State Shelter-in-Place ordinance now extended to May 30. The luncheon had been scheduled for May 13 at the Oak Park Country Club. Plans are to reschedule the event for September.

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 :5/5/20

Check back for updates on scheduled events.

Planting and Pruning Trees and Shrubs

Garden Club of OPRF February 12, 2020
Cheney Mansion, Oak Park, Illinois
Social hour 12-1 Program 1 – 2:30 pm

Presenter David Kusnierz: Learn the importance of pruning trees and shrubs and how to do it correctly.

David operates out of SavATree’s Warrenville branch. He provides comprehensive tree, shrub, lawn, tick and deer services to clients in Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, River Forest, Oak Park and Elmhurst, IL.

We start the meeting at 12:00 PM with light refreshments including tea and decaffeinated coffee. Members volunteer to set up the centerpieces and refreshments. A short business meeting precedes a one hour garden related presentation at 1:00 PM. The meetings are free and open to the public; guests are always welcome.

Members that would like to volunteer to use their creativity to design and set up the centerpieces refreshments should contact Kathy English of the Hospitality Committee,

Please direct questions and speaker recommendations to Joan Meister,

House Plants for Clean Air

Sunday, January 26th, 2020

2-4pm at the River Forest Library
735 Lathrop, River Forest, Illinois

The topic, “House Plants for Clean Air”, will be presented by Regan Cronin of the Good Earth Greenhouse in River Forest, Illinois. As our houses get sealed tightly for energy efficiency, indoor air quality can become an issue. Come and learn how the right house plants can help improve the air you breathe. Come with friends or by yourself. All are welcome.

Good Earth Greenhouse is a local source of native plants, ecofriendly soil & garden décor, with a café and classes on site.

Free parking is available.