2016-2017 Meetings and Field Trips

Cheney Mansion

Cheney Mansion 220 N. Euclid Oak Park

Garden Club 2016-2017 Meeting Schedule

Location and times for all meetings except the May luncheon and the June members’ tea:  Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park. 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.  General meetings are free and open to the public; guests are welcomed.

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 spring.

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.

February 24, 2017 — Please join the OPRF Garden Club members on Friday, February 24th on a trip to the open house at Orchids by Hausermann’s at 2N134 Addison Road in Villa Park. We will be carpooling from Oak Park or River Forest promptly at 10:30 am and will meet at Hausermann’s. Bring your camera. The orchids will be spectacular.  Around noon we will head over to Mack’s Golden Pheasant Restaurant at 668 W. North Avenue in Elmhurst where we will each order off the menu for lunch. Please email Elaine Allen at rightexposure@mac.com if you would like to attend. Please also state if you need a ride or can drive. Car Pools will be arranged. Hope you can attend!

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


Garden Walk – An annual June garden walk in the villages of Oak Park and River Forest is co-sponsored by the Garden Club of Oak Park River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) Further information and on-line ticket purchase will be available online in 2017.