Club Meeting Speaker Program

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

Unless otherwise indicated the monthly meetings are held at the Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park, IL. Refreshments and socializing begins at 12PM, followed by a short business meeting, and the one hour program begins at 1PM. Street parking is available and all local Covid guidelines will be followed based on the Oak Park Park District guidelines. Please check the latest post for the most current information.

Meetings may be on Zoom instead of in person.

2022 Lineup

January 12, 2022 Biomimicry: Looking to Nature to Solve Today’s Problems, Kim White.

February 9, 2022 Native Orchids in the Garden, Scott Stewart,PhD, Millennium Park Foundation

March 9, 2022 Illinois’ Wild & Wonderful Early Bloomers, Cindy Crosby, Author

April 13, 2022 GMOs-You need to Decide for Yourself, Richard Hertschel (Annual Meeting)

May 11, 2022 Seasonal Floral Designs, Sabine Oberberger, Sabine’s Blumen. This will be a paid luncheon at the Oak Park Country Club

It is understood that members grant the Garden Club permission to use their likeness in photograph, video, or other digital media in any of the Garden Club publications, including website and social media, without payment or other consideration.

Past Meetings

2021 Lineup
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.

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.

September 8, 2021 Garden Gathering Fall Containers with Sue Milojevic

October 13, 2021 What Locally Grown Honey Can do for You, Greg Walter, Lake County Beekeepers Association October 13, 2021 post

November 10, 2021 Backyard Birds & Bird Feeding, David Brooks, Schaumberg Park District

December 8, 2021 Seasonal Floral Designs, Emily Neuman, Eco Wilde Flower Company

2020 Lineup

2019 Lineup
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, 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

Members’ Tea August 14, 2019

2018 Lineup
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

updated 3/15/22