Club Meeting Speaker Program

The monthly club meetings are held on the second Wednesday at the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park, Illinois). Refreshments and socializing usually begins at 12pm , followed by a short business meeting. The one hour speaker presentation starts at 1pm.  The Village of Oak Park allows parking on the streets near the Cheney Mansion during the club meetings. The club follows the Park District of Oak Park Covid 19 guidelines.

All are welcome to club meetings, membership is not required.

2022-2023 Speaker Program

LSeptember 14, 2022             Welcome Garden Party

Welcome to the start of autumn in Barbara Graham’s lovely garden. Friends, food and drink welcome the start of the Garden Clubs new program season.

October 12, 2023                 More Dirt from Bill, Improving Garden Soil

Fall is a great time to improve your soil for next year. Learn to choose the right amendments and fertilizers for your needs. Presenter Bill Karges goes through the options to help you decide which ones are the best. Learn about the differences between the different soils in the market.

November 9, 2022                  Wildlife in Our Neighborhoods

Concerned or just curious about the wildlife being reported in our towns? Snakes, rodents, coyotes and fox, raccoons or skunks? Not to mention deer, hawks and other birds. A Naturalist from Trailside Museum will provide facts and tips on how to peacefully coexist with these creatures.

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 these items for you to take home. 

January 11, 2023                   Fighting Climate Change in Your Back (and Front) Yards

Zoom Presentation  Concerned about climate change but feeling like many others “what can 1 person do”? Learn that the decisions you make in your yards can make a huge difference in saving plant and animal species and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Mike Nowak, radio personality, walks us through the basics – native plants (especially oaks), harvesting rainwater, reducing lawn area, composting and other gardening decisions – all designed to help your yard conserve rather than deplete natural resources. Gain peace of mind knowing that you are helping in the fight.

February 8, 2023                   Succulents – Indoors and Out

Cindy Tyley owner of Carriage House Garden Design discusses the new trend of succulent plants for use indoors and out. She also give a short demonstration of propagation techniques.

March 8, 2023                          Growing Orchids Successfully

Don White, owner of Anything Orchids, wants people to be successful orchid growers. He will cover lighting conditions, watering, fertilizing and repotting. He’ll try to correct orchid growing fallacies. Whether you are new to growing orchids or and ‘old hand’, Don promises something for everyone.

April 12, 2023                  The Elegant Edible Garden

A potager is an elegant, productive kitchen garden-large or small- that provides seasonal vegetables, berries and cutting flowers. Discover the elements that make attractive, functional layouts for your home, provide a wonderful harvest and attract pollinators. Presenter is Nina Koziol who teaches at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The annual club meeting and election of new officers will be held.

May 10, 2023                  Garden Club Luncheon

Seasonal Floral Designs by Janet Gallagher, AIFD,CFD owner of Designs by Janet, Instructor at Kishwaukee College. Janet will wow us with her lovely designs. Floral designs are a tradition at our luncheons and Janet’s are sure to please. Be Inspired a perhaps win one of the arrangements to grace your home. Advanced registration and payment is required.