Category: Garden Walk

Nasturtium News, July 2020

July 2020 Newsletter

Hello Garden Club Members!

We hope you all saw the nice article in the Wednesday Journal, June 24th featuring the Garden Walks that we co-sponsor with the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Since we could not hold it this year they featured one of the garden owners and the 27 year history of the Garden Walk. The article is available online at Oak Park.Com. Also see Dan Haley’s
Blog.

The Oak Park Art League was to be on the Garden Walk this year showcasing our 3 year club project. We received a thank you from OPAL Executive Director Jill Kramer Goldstein and Board President Kim Robinson for “funding and planting foliage and shrubbery in our Carriage House Gallery.” OPAL is to maintain the garden. Then during the June 26th storm, lightning struck two trees on the property to the west and they fell across the entire front court yard. The trees have been removed and Elaine Allen, co-chair of Civic Beautification has been in contact with them concerning insurance replacement. The most damage was done to a Hemlock, Magnolia and three Quick Fire Hydrangeas. Elaine had documented the entire project in a book of photography and plant material care.

The club gave two $3,000 scholarships to Oak Park River Forest High School graduating students, Elise Beile and Geneva Domantay. Elise will be going to The University of California Santa Cruz and is planning on majoring in environmental studies and sustainability. Geneva will be going to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and will be studying marine biology and environmental science. They wrote informative thank you notes to the club. Cherie Fedota is our Scholarship Chair.

Gina Sennello, Cherie Fedota and Kathy English have been working this summer on a logo/shield for our club to use as a signature design. Look for it on our Membership Directory in September.

Website – Dori Bernstein has been busy working on our Website, adding more information about the club.

Membership Chair, Joan Figatner reported that we had 9 new members after the Wednesday Journal article and a comment on the FaceBook group by Katrina Spears.

Mosquito alert! River Forest has mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile virus. So please, be sure to spray repellent before gardening and eliminate any standing water.

PLANTCEDES: If you are interested in being notified when a neighbor has extra plants to share, or if you occasionally have extra plants yourself, please directly contact Gloria Backman at plantcede@gmail.com to join her email list.

The September meeting has not as yet been planned. We have had a Zoom meeting with other Garden Club presidents as to how to maneuver under the new COVID-19 guidelines. The board will be meeting this month to discuss our programs going forward.

Stay safe and enjoy your gardens!
Mary Ellen Warner & Lisa Cederoth, co-presidents

2019 Annual Garden Walk

2019 Annual Garden Walk

Oak Park River Forest Garden Walk – June 23, 2019

The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) will be holding their 26th Annual Garden Walk on Sunday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. Make note of the date and prepare for an exciting self-guided tour of eight unique gardens plus a public space. Transportation is needed from one garden to another: bicycles are a good option. Once again “plein air” artists will be demonstrating their amazing creativity in some of the gardens. Garden Guide booklets will be used for your self-guided tour. The Garden Guide includes a map and a description of each garden on the 2019 Garden Walk. Master gardeners will also be available to answer your gardening questions.

Online ticket purchases will be available on this website, www.gcoprf.org, from May 1st until 4:00 p.m., June 22, 2019 for $15 each. Member discounts are not available online.  Tickets will not be mailed.  Use your PayPal receipt to exchange for a Garden Guide.

In person tickets will be available at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Street, Oak Park (cash/check only) from June 1, 2019. Tickets bought prior to the event (4:00 p.m., June 22, 2019) are $15.

In person tickets bought on the day of the Garden Walk, June 23, will be $20 (cash/check/credit card). They will be available at the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park) and the Oak Park Conservatory (815 Garfield Street, Oak Park).

Tickets or Paypal receipts must be exchanged for your Garden Guide booklets, which will serve as your entry to the gardens. Garden Guide booklets will be available from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park) or the Oak Park Conservatory. The Garden Guides include a map and a description of each garden.

FOPCON members should check the FOPCON website for further ticket information.

A Fundraiser Drawing will be held at 4:00 pm at a designated garden. See the Garden Guide booklet for the specific garden location. Winner need not be present. Possible prizes may include ($100 value): a wine basket with two tickets to an “Uncorked” event at the Oak Park Conservatory, a summer succulent wreath and a fall focused wreath for your door, a gift certificate from Garland Flowers, located at 137 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park. Fundraiser Drawing tickets are $5 or $20 for five tickets. Purchase drawing tickets on the day of the Garden Walk at The Oak Park Conservatory, the Cheney Mansion or the drawing location garden, as shown in the Garden Guide booklet.

Purchase Garden Walk tickets for $20 Sunday at Cheney Mansion or the Oak Park Conservatory

Oak Park River Forest Garden Walk – June 24, 2018

Oak Park River Forest Garden Walk – June 24, 2018

The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory will be holding their 25th Annual Garden Walk on  Sunday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. rain or shine.  Make note of the date and prepare for an exciting self-guided tour of eight unique gardens.  Transportation from one garden to another is needed; bicycles are a good option.  Once again “Plein Air” painters will be demonstrating their amazing creativity in some of the gardens.

Tickets will be available for purchase May 1st online at this site, www,gcoprf.org and June 1st at the Oak Park Conservatory and the Oak Park Visitors Center.   Prior to the event tickets are $15. FOPCON members should check the FOPCON website for further ticket information.

June 24, the day of the walk, tickets will be $20 and may be purchased at either the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park) or the Oak Park Conservatory (615 Garfield Street, Oak Park).

Regardless if you purchase tickets in advance or the day of the event you must exchange your ticket or PayPal receipt for the garden guide booklets which serve as your entry to the garden.   The exchange of ticket/receipt for Garden guides will be from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at either Cheney Mansion (220 North Euclid, Oak Park) or Oak Park  Conservatory (615 Garfield, Oak Park.  )The garden guides have a map and an explanation of each garden.