September 2014 GCOPRF Meeting

Fortunately for the Garden Club, the cataclysmic deluge predicted by the weatherman did not occur in Oak Park during our meeting time on Wednesday, September 10. Instead of doom and destruction,  we had a wonderful time with goodies to eat, thanks to our new Hospitality chair Kathy English, while catching up on the news with our Garden Club friends.

Wonderful buffet table
Our hostess in pink, Kathy English
Book Signing_0029Bobbi book signing
Crowd at Bobbie’s Book signing

Gayle Hedlund, Membership Chair, provided new name tags on lanyards (no more pin holes in our silk blouses).  Bobbie Raymond autographed her children’s book “Amy and the Amaryllis”.   (Grandmas’ take note, nice gift)  Bobbi has generously donated the proceeds from the sale of the Amy book to the Garden Club.  Over 30 books were sold at the meeting.  Deb Cullen, Ways and Means Chair, told us that “Greens” will once again be available at the December meeting.  Deb encouraged us to let her know  at the November meeting if we want anything specific in the way of greens as she will be placing the order in November.  Sue Milojevic made  lovely  fall table arrangements that were given away as door prizes.  Shirley Henderson was one of the lucky door prize winners.Door Prize_0035winnerShirleyHenderson  Carolyn Ulrich, Editor of Speaker_0034Carolyn UlrichChigaoland Gardening Magazine, discussed several different European Garden Shows she had attended plus  numerous plants shown in her slide show.  I am sorry to report that I was not taking notes during the program.  I can, however, personally attest to the outstanding garden show at Chelsea in London, England. The Grahams and Zwierz couples attended the 100 year anniversary of the Chelsea Show in London in May of 2012. Too much to describe in this article but a highly recommended trip!

The new directories utilizing the Nasturtium logo (designed by Roberta Raymond) were available with members and meeting information.  Many thanks to Sue Milojevic and proofreaders that helped assemble the booklet.  If there are any inaccuracies in your directory information please advise our membership chair, Gayle Hedlund or

Cheney Greenhouse beginning of September
Cheney Greenhouse

Completion of the Cheney Greenhouse is behind schedule.   It seems there is only one company that provides glass for greenhouses.  Two Garden Club trees from the Legacy of Trees project are scheduled for planting at Cheney this fall.  One tree is from the proceeds of last year’s book sale and one from the Donna Schuler family.

We hope you will attend our October 1, 2014 meeting at 12:30.  Our speaker will be discussing miniature gardens –  from fairy gardens to railroad gardens.

Once again, thank you to Elaine Allen for photographs.