Club Meetings

The Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest will continue its winter programs virtually until further notice. The one hour presentations will begin at 1:00 pm. Registration in advance is required for programs. All members will receive an Evite at their email address. Please RSVP if you would like to receive the email with the Zoom link. Zoom technology tips are shown below. Respond through email if you need help getting started with the Zoom technology.

All are welcome to join. Membership information is available membership.

April 14, 2021
Heather Prince – “By the Light of the Moon: An Evening Garden”
Many of us can only enjoy our garden spaces in the evening after a busy day. WE’ll discuss garen design and delve into the many types of plants that add color and texture to dusk and beyond.

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.


It seems best if your lighting is in front of you, not from above or behind.
You can check your lighting by using your phone camera in the selfie mode to check your lighting ahead of time. Position your monitor for the best angle.

Past Meetings
January 13, 2021
Kent Taylor – “The Climate Crisis: Myths vs Realities”
Mr. Taylor explores the rationale and various excuses offered up by those who feel our climate is not at risk from global warming. He examines the most frequent myths purveyed by those who deny the existence of human caused global warming and uses science and common sense to debunk these myths.

February 10, 2021
Jeannie Iseman – The Garden Works Project
“Caring for a Raised Bed Garden”
Presenter will explain the basics of what you will need to establish a raised bed garden from the ground up. There are many benefits to a raised bed garden and the Garden Works Project will explain in detail why a raised bed garden will yield a productive harvest. The Garden Works Project also constructs high-quality cedar raised beds that are for sale.

March 10, 2021
Glenn Grosch – “Starting from Seed”
The program is focused on specific steps for success in starting from seed. Discussion includes plant selection, containers, planting mixes, watering, fertilizing, heat & light requirements and steps to disease control.

Previous Club Meeting Presentations


Sunday, January 27, 2019 2 p.m. — at Oak Park Main Library Veterans’ Room, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park. What is a Master Gardener? How to Become One and Why. Gemani Bhalsod, Illinois Extension Service

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (Cheney Mansion) 12 noon — Refreshments and socializing, followed by a short business meeting then “Epiphytes, Bromeliads and Other Unusual Houseplants” Mel Zaloudek

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (Cheney Mansion) 12 noon — Refreshments and socializing, followed by short business meeting, then “Compost Happens/Good For Your Garden/Great For Planet” Jackie Paine, Master Gardener

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (Cheney Mansion) 12 noon — Refreshments and socializing, ANNUAL MEETING, then “River Forest Sustainability, President Cathy Adduci”


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (Cheney Mansion) 12 noon — Refreshments and socializing, followed by a short business meeting then “Become an Herbal Gourmet, Use and Enjoy Your Bounty” Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (Cheney Mansion) 12 noon — Refreshments and socializing, followed by a short business meeting, then “Do’s and Don’ts of Putting Your Garden to Bed” Bill Karges of Pioneer Gardens, Villa Park

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (Cheney Mansion) 12 noon — Refreshments and socializing, followed by a short business meeting, then “A Rose By Any Other Name” Jack Shouba The importance of scientific names

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (Cheney Mansion) 12 noon — Raffle, refreshments and socializing, followed by a short business meeting, then “Create Winter Holiday Fresh Floral Arrangements” Theresa Kyriazes of Urban Girl Flowers

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11 a.m. — Annual Luncheon, Raffles, Hat Parade, (FEE APPLIES, RESERVATIONS) Oak Park Country Club, 2001 Thatcher Ave, River Grove, IL “Summer In Bloom: Floral Design Symposium” Kathi Rose, Kaleidoscope of Floral Design

TBA — Members’ Tea August 14, 2019

Annual Garden Walk to be held June 23, 2019