2019 – 2020 Event Schedule

Location and times for general meetings, unless otherwise specified, are the second Wednesday of the month at:   Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park, Illinois. Free parking is available on the street.

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 make the centerpieces and refreshments should contact the Hostess, Kathy English. Please direct questions and speaker recommendations to Joan Meister.

September Meeting
September 11, 2019

    THE FIVE WAYS TO PRESERVE THE HARVEST

Presenter Emily Paster: A talk on dehydration, canning, fermenting and more designed for gardeners as well as those who love to cook.

October Meeting
October 9, 2019

    DAZZLING DAHLIAS

Presenter Jim Kassner: President of area Dahlia Club, he will show tubers for
all types of gardens, explain planting and storing of the tubers, and share his history with this fascinating flower.

November Meeting
November 13, 2019

    FOREST BATHING: HEALTH BENEFITS OF NATURE

Presenter Jane Grillo: Learn what science has now proven but what gardeners have long known, working outside in a garden and walking in nature is beneficial to health.

Holiday Bazaar and December Meeting
December 11, 2019

    DESIGNING HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS AND GARDEN BOUTIQUE

Presenter Andrew Pavarrano: Owner of Andrew’s Garden, he will create four arrangements for the holiday raffle. Garden themed gifts will be available for purchase.

January Presentation
Sunday, January 26, 2020

    HOUSEPLANTS FOR CLEAN AIR

***Location: River Forest Public Library****
Presenter: TBA

February Meeting
February 12, 2020

    PLANTING AND PRUNING TREES AND SHRUBS

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

March Meeting
March 11, 2020

    BIRDS IN THE GARDEN AND BEYOND

Presenters Mr. and Mrs. Tony Castro: They travel the world to watch birds but also study them in their own backyard. They will share their secrets and photos of Hummingbirds and other favorite birds and what attracts them locally.

April Meeting
April 8, 2020

    LYME DISEASE EPIDEMICS—KNOWLEDGE FOR GARDENERS

Presenter Laura Christensen, ASLA: Dispelling myths and getting the proper diagnosis, Laura draws from her year long journey with Lyme disease.

Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 
Raffles, and a hat parade followed by a gardening related presentation. Reservations and tickets are required. Oak Park Country Club, 2001 Thatcher Ave, River Grove, Illinois. https://oakparkcountryclub.com Free parking
Presenter to be announced.