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December 14, 2022, Happy Holiday Designs

Julie Dolezal, A Senior Designer for Jewel/Osco will wow us with her floral creations for the winter holidays. Pick up an idea that you can use to decorate your space. We will raffle holiday floral creations for you to take home.
The Holiday Bazaar craft sale and raffle begins at 11:30am. The proceeds support the scholarship program for graduating OPRF students.
The Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park, Illinois) will be open for the Holiday Bazaar, socializing and light refreshments at 11:30am. The club will have a short business meeting, followed by the one hour presentation at 1pm. Membership is not required. Everyone is welcome. GCOPRF.ORG
The Village of Oak Park allows parking on the street near Cheney Mansion during club meetings. The Park District Covid guidelines will be followed.

April 13, 2022 GMO’s-You Need to Decide for Yourself, Richard Hentschel

April 13, 2022

GMO’s-You Need to Decide for Yourself

Richard Hentschel

GMOs, now called Biologically Engineered, are plants bred for improved characteristics and abilities as plant breeders have done since Mendel crossed those peas for the very first time. What is different is how that is being done. Breeding techniques have shortened the start to finish times by years. Ultimately consumers will decide if these plants are acceptable for themselves and family.

Mr. Hentschel is an educator with the University of Illinois Extension.

12:00 PM at the Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois. Social time and a brief business report will precede the one hour presentation. The presentation will begin at 1:00 PM. Free parking is allowed on the street.

Park District of Oak Park Covid guidance will be followed.

March 9, 2022, Illinois’ Wild and Wonderful Early Bloomers presented by Cindy Crosby

March  9, 2022 

Illinois’ Wild and Wonderful Early Bloomers presented by Cindy Crosby

Hear stories about our earliest spring wildflowers, their folklore and their uses throughout history by Native Americans and early settlers as you enjoy beautiful color photography of these gorgeous and fascinating blooms. Be inspired to add some Illinois wildflowers to your own garden! The one hour presentation begins at 1:00 PM. 

12:00 PM at the Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois. Free parking is available on the street.

Local Covid guidance will be followed.

Native Orchids in the Garden, presented by Dr. Scott Stewart, February 9, 2022

Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest February Meeting

February 9, 2022
This presentation was canceled and may be presented in an upcoming meeting.
Native Orchids in the Garden 
Have you ever imagined having orchids as part of your home garden? We will discuss options and opportunities to integrate North American native orchids into the home garden, ranging from easy-to-grow species and hybrids to more challenging types. The care and maintenance of orchids in the landscape will also be discussed. Scott Stewart, 

The one hour presentation will begin at 1:00 PM. An email reminder will be sent to the registered members a week before the event; a sign-in link will be sent on the day of the program.

Members may share the link with friends, but no email links will be sent from the club to non-members.

New members are always welcome. To attend as a member please click Membership and join.

Zoom Program Information

To sign into our Zoom program locate the email with the link to the meeting. It is also helpful to write down, on a sheet of paper the meeting ID, and the Passcode, just in case. Click the Join Zoom Meeting address. This will bring you to a waiting room until the program starts.

It is a good idea to sign on early (15 minutes or so) to make sure your device is connecting. If you cannot connect by clicking on the link, you can go to…

If you are joining from a mobile device (Android smartphone/tablet, Apple iPhone/iPad) then it will simply prompt you to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from the App/Play Store.

If you are joining from a computer for the first time you will need to download a small application file.

If you sign on with Google you will need to enter YOUR Google password.

We look forward to seeing you at the program. Yes, we will see each other unless you opt out of your video. Your audio will be turned off by the host/program speaker. Questions to the speaker can be typed in the chat bar. These will be answered at the end of the program.


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