September Meeting Recap

At the first Garden Club meeting of the season, a fabulous spread was offered by the hospitality committee (have I mentioned that our meetings are free and open to the public?). We followed that with information on the various committees that could use volunteers (lots), and then a fascinating talk from E.J. Neafsey, naturalist and volunteer, about Wolfe Road Prairie. In addition to telling us about controlled burns on the prairie and the ice age era of this region, he also has many photos of beautiful prairie flowers I’ve never seen before, many of which I’d love to incorporate in my garden. A field trip to visit the prairie is planned for late September, date TBD; get in touch if you’re interested in going on that trip.

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Next meeting, starting at noon at Cheney Mansion:

October 12, 2016—LURIE GARDEN, INTERPRETATIONS OF NATURE by Scott Stewart, Ph.D., Director of Lurie Garden. The design and management of the garden represent the artful melding of traditional horticultural gardening with sustainable practices. Come journey through the history and daily management of a Chicago public treasure. Learn how the biodiversity of the garden improves life for people, insects and animals in the area, while specific combinations of plantings and practices can be scaled to the home garden. A field trip to the garden is planned for late October.

(Pics by me and Elaine Allen).

Native Plant Sale

If you’re interested in natives: Hurry! Sale ends Sept 18.
 
Add life to your garden! Shop our Native Plant Sale to find trees, shrubs and flowers that create beauty for you and useful habitat for wildlife. Fall is an ideal time to plant because our long Midwest winter gives plants lots of time to build roots before bursting into bloom in the spring. Plus, it’s more pleasant to dig in cool weather, right? Visit https://wild-ones-west-cook.myshopify.com before Sept 18 to purchase trees and shrubs. We’ll also have select native grasses and flowers for sale on Pick Up Day, Sept 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 405 S. Euclid in Oak Park. This sale is in support of the West Cook Wild Ones Wildlife Corridor and a fundraiser for Green Community Connections.
 
Looking for a volunteer opportunity for you or a community service experience for your teens? Visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0945afaa2caa8-volunteer

Garden Club 2016-2017 Meeting Schedule

Garden Club Meetings 2016-2017

(Location and times for all meetings except the May luncheon and the June members’ tea) Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park, IL 60302. Refreshments begin at 12:00 pm; the business meeting  begins at 12:30pm; the program at 1:00pm and ends at approximately 2:00 pm.

September 14, 2016—WOLF ROAD PRAIRIE by E.J. Neafsey.  Mr. Neafsey, a naturalist and volunteer at the Wolfe Road Prairie, will share his love and knowledge of the area.  Co-owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the 80 acre site is one of the largest and best quality examples of black soil prairie east of the Mississippi River.  It contains several native communities, prairie, savanna and wetland, and is home to 360 native plants and dozens of species of birds and other wild life.  A field trip to visit the prairie is planned for late September.

October 12, 2016—LURIE GARDEN, INTERPRETATIONS OF NATURE by Scott Stewart, Ph.D., Director of Lurie Garden.  The design and management of the garden represent the artful melding of traditional horticultural gardening with sustainable practices. Come journey through the history and daily management of a Chicago public treasure.  Learn how the biodiversity of the garden improves life for people, insects and animals in the area, while specific combinations of plantings and practices can be scaled to the home garden.  A field trip to the garden is planned for late October.

November 9, 2016—GIVING GARDENS A VOICE THROUGH PAINT AND POETRY by Annette Zwierzchowski Donlin. Ms. Donlin, a local artist, shares the creative process behind her floral paintings interwoven with poetry, her garden and the dreams that inspired her.  She believes every person, at any age, is capable of creating that which they hold close to their hearts. A workshop is planned for mid-winter to inspire members to write poetry and to paint the gardens and flowers close to their hearts.

December 14, 2016—HOLIDAY DÉCOR FROM THE MARKET by Joseph Wells.  Returning by popular demand, Mr. Wells from the floral department of Fresh Markets will demonstrate how to decorate your home using flowers and other materials you can pick up as you do your grocery shopping.

January 2017—NO MEETING but “Inspiration Workshop”

February 8, 2017—WILDLY BENEFICIAL: NATIVE PLANTS FOR LANDSCAPING by Pam Todd from the West Cook chapter of the National Wild Ones.  She will discuss the beauty and utility of Illinois’ wildflowers.  Native plants are valuable in designed landscapes because they offer so many benefits in addition to lowering your water bills and lessening  yard work.  Come learn how to create your own native plant and butterfly garden and become part of the West Cook Wild Ones Native Garden Corridor of Oak Park-River Forest.  

March 8, 2017—100 YEARS OF FLOWERS AND HATS!  The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest is 100 years old this year!   Come help celebrate with cake and a special toast! We will honor the individuals who organized the club and their accomplishments, while noting the changes in the types of flowers and hats that have been a part of the organization through its 100 year history.

April 12, 2017—WHAT IS THE SUGAR BEET CO-OP AND WHAT DOES IT DO? by Cheryl Munzo.  In 2012 a group of individuals from Oak Park and surrounding communities got together with plans to organize a full-service, co-op grocery store.  Wanting to provide sustainable, healthy foods and a way to connect farmers and producers to customers, the Sugar Beet  has become a leader of the good food movement in the local community.

May 10, 2017—SPRING LUNCHEON, 11:00 AM, OAK PARK COUNTRY CLUB, 2001 N. THATCHER, RIVER GROVE, IL. FEE APPLIES.  Come for lunch, wear a special garden-themed -hat of your own design for the hat parade and enjoy a special dramatic presentation by actress and historian Leslie Goddard: SILENT SPRING AND THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN ECOLOGY MOVEMENT.

June 14, 2017—Members Tea. Location TBA