Annual Tea Party Review

The annual Tea Party was a great success. The weather had a slight threat of rain, but held off until after the back yard party. We had the pleasure of sharing in some of the members creative pursuits, including home crafted fairy garden structures, a unique garden theme art book “How Does Your Garden Grow” by Mary, and original poetry.

We enjoyed Todd & Holland tea with a wonderful assortment of food. This was a wonderful low key afternoon, with great conversations.

August Tea – 8/14/19

While planning the Garden Club August Tea, we were struck by the fact that so many members of the club are so creative. Member’s creativity has been expressed through many aspects of gardening, flower arranging, garden hats, and photography. Please consider sharing one of your creative expressions with us at the August Tea. The full range of creative expressions are welcome, from art to music to writing. Your creativity may be expressed in an exceptional garden planning method, a poem, a photograph, a story about getting inspired or inspiring someone to garden, needlework, or a song. Anything gardening related that you think others my find interesting will inspire us all to find our inner creativity. Please let Joan Meister know if you will be inspiring us with your creativity. (meisterjoan@yahoo.com).

An Evite was sent to all members on July 15, 2019. Please check your email, RSVP, and sign up for a contribution. Due to space constraints there is a limit of 40 members for the August Tea.

Garden Club August Tea
1316 Jackson,
River Forest, Illinois


August 14, 2019

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Annual Events – end 2015-2016 Garden Club Calendar

 68th Annual Spring Luncheon – May 4, 2016   11:00 am – 2:00 pm features beautiful floral/plant raffle items, delicious food and an outstanding floral designer demonstration. Advance reservations required for members and their guests.

Members Tea:  June 1, 2016 1:00-3:00  Maximum 40 members only due to space limitation.  Reservations instructions will be sent via evite on Tuesday, May 17.

Garden Walk – June 26, 2016   10 am – 4 pm  An annual 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 here: Garden Walk 2016 Tickets  Open to the public.

Regular meetings of the Garden Club of Oak Park River Forest will resume in September.

Words to live by

“It’s all about the food” is usually said at least once at a Garden Club Board meeting.  And true to our nature, the GCOPRF June tea was certainly about the food.  Lisa Cederoth’s dining room table was covered with plates of beautiful homemade sweets and savories.  The staff at Downton Abbey would have been impressed.

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Lisa, who had already hosted a graduation party the week before our event, was a gracious hostess. Lisa, her lovely daughter Annie, Pat Allabastro, Elaine Allen, Irene Williams, Joyce Vitullo, Mary Ellen Warner, and Barbara Graham (I hope I didn’t leave anyone out) prepared an almost overwhelming amount of scones, clotted cream, fruit, sandwiches, and cookies to accompany the tea and mimosas. Marilyn Moore helped Lisa set up and kept the serving platters full. I can’t even tell you accurately what was on the table as I was trying to avoid gluten and sugar!  Bad place to be. I confess that although I tried, I did not succeed in avoiding all the temptations before me.

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Due to weather conditions, the tea was held in doors, but the bad weather didn’t prevent the guests from enjoying a garden atmosphere either.  Fragrant peonies and roses were resplendent in silver hollow wear on every table. The terra cotta girls’ table had a bouquet of pea shoots. Bobbi Raymond showed up with a car full of basil seedlings from her garden, which she gave away to nearly the entire crowd.

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Pat Allabastro, the grand dame of gardening, was crowned Garden Queen for a day and acknowledged for her ten plus years of service to the Garden Club. Pat has served as VP in charge of programs and membership, as Co-Chair of the Garden Walk, and as Co-President of the Club. Her many civic beautifications include the design and installation of the Euclid Avenue garden in front of the Oak Park Firehouse.  Those are just some of her accomplishments in Garden Club OPRF.  As a forty-year resident of Oak Park, she has beautified St. Edmunds, Cheney Mansion, and numerous private gardens in Oak Park and River Forest.  We wish we could clone her before she moves to Portland in July!  You may say your good-byes and wish our good friend good luck and happy trails at her last official function, the Garden Walk, on June 22, 2014.