Field Trips

Day Trips are taken several times a year and happen spontaneously when an event arises or someone hears of a great place to visit. Carpools are arranged and we normally stop at a restaurant for lunch. Among other programs last year, Kathy English had a garden party in her backyard to exhibit her dahlias after the club had a program on dahlias. We also had lunch and a program at Good Earth Greenhouse on succulent gardens and house plants. If you have an idea for a trip, please tell Elaine Allen ( or Kathy English (

Field Trip Standing Board Committee
September 2021
Keep your eye on your email for upcoming field trips. Dates are not scheduled yet but the committee is discussing possible trips to Blumen Gardens, Anderson Japanese Gardens, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

July 27, 2021
Nettle Creek Lavender Farm in Morris, Illinois.

May 7, 2021
McDonald Farm Visit
Please sign up for the trip to McDonald Farm in Naperville on Friday, May 7, 2021; leaving at 9:30 am and arriving at the Farm at 10:30 am. There is no cost but a donation to the Conservation Foundation would be appreciated. The Garden Club of Hinsdale recently had a tour of the farm and said “Jim Kleinwachter led us on a tour of the farm that Lenore McDonald donated to The Conservation foundation in 1992 to save the property from developers. She designated that the property must be used for conservation, education, and agriculture”. They enjoyed the tour and said it was interesting and informative. Jim will explain to us what they have growing in each of their gardens, including the Butterfly Garden. After lunch in the Clow Education Center on the farm, we can walk across the street to see what wildflowers are blooming. Lunch is bring your own or we can make arrangements with Panera Bread for Pick up or Delivery. Please contact Elaine Allen at or 708-310-0536 or Kathy English at or call 708-431-8482. Once we know who is coming we will pass on further information.

McDonald Farm
The Conservation Foundation
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
Clow Education Center

Panera Bread
1620 N. Illinois Rte 59
Naperville, Illinois

TBD. Tour of Butterfly Garden at Dominican University

Past Field Trips

November 2020

A walk in Fullersburg Woods, 11/4/20. Check your club email for details.

October 2020

Our fall field trip was Columbus Park Guided Tour on October 6, 2020.

September 2020

o The Clare top-10-places-for-bird-watching-in-chicago/
o Trailside Museum September events
o West Cook Wild Ones is hosting Native Gardens Through the Seasons:A Virtual Walk on
Saturday, September 12. Tickets

August 2020

o There are still a few days left to view the trial gardens of Ball seed during customer days in West Chicago, open daily until August 14. Register at Ball Seed Customer Days.

o Another garden club has found VonBergen’s Farm in Hebron, Illinois to be an enjoyable way to spend the day and view some sunflower fields.

o Gethsemane Gardens-always a lot to see.

o The Gardens of the Baha’iTemple in Winnetka are open but the temple is closed at this point.

o Proksa Park in Berwyn. 3001 Wisconsin, Berwyn. The park is unusual with water features, native plantings and wildlife. Best to park on Wisconsin Ave.

July, 2020

Urban Rivers Field Trip

Orchids by Hausermanns

Elmhurst Expedition

Northwind Perennial Fields

Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary

Lurie Garden

Food and Friends