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.

May 2018 Luncheon pics

Cindy Rossi 1st Place Hat
Debbie 2nd Place Hat
Hat Prize winner





Hat Parade
Hat Parade
Joan Meister bird hat




Debbie Preiser and Ginny Cassin
Nancy, Ken and Bob sold tickets



Jinger O’Malley with another great hat
Jacky, Linda, Laurelle wore flowerful hats
Debbie, Marilyn and Joan
Mayumi and Tracey





Barb and Jackie






Speaker featured the best plants for 2018







Photos by Elaine Allen

Elaine Allen

‘Hattitude’ Tradition Abounds at Garden Club Event

 The ladies of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest have for decades been wearing floral decorated hats to their annual Spring luncheon.  From the silly to the sublime, their hats proudly display the abundance from their gardens (or florist if the weather doesn’t cooperate) and their ability to turn a few materials into unique and beautiful creations.   They have Hattitude in abundance which simply means the ability to wear any type of hat without looking ridiculous. 

Please don’t be intimidated if this is your first foray into hat design.   A fascinator can be made using a head band and a piece of  oval felt cut with a couple of slits to slide the felt on.  Attach ribbon  or a scarf and some flowers and glue or pin them onto the felt., Voila.

Another method to make a fascinator is take a shoulder pad, cover it with material or leaves, add a comb or barrette underneath and glue flowers to the top.




How about using an umbrella hat?




For many of us the fun of dressing up and having tea parties as girls now expresses itself as adults in laughter and fun with friends at the GCOPRF luncheon.

Enjoy the gallery of creations made thru the years:

GCOPRF meeting to be April 11, 2018

Speaker from Trailside Museum

The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest will hold their annual business meeting April 11, 2018 at Cheney Mansion at noon.  After the short business meeting the program will be “Neighborhood Wildlife” with Irene Flebe of the Trailside Museum.

The business to be conducted  includes the election of officers, approval of the budget, and approval of changes to the By-laws.  President, Susan Milojevic has sent these agenda items complete via e-mail.  Please real these materials before the meeting.

The proposed slate of officers are:    President:  Susan Milojevic; 2nd Vice Presidents: Joan Meister & Gayle Hedlund; 3rd Vice President: Cheryl Stein.

By-law changes are aimed at simplifying the standing committee structure.

The annual budget is prepared by the Board of Directors.  The Treasurer has submitted the proposed budget to members via email.

This is your club.  Your input is greatly appreciated.



Help Wanted:  Looking for club members who would be interested in helping plan trips/study groups of interest to club members.  If interested please let Sue know at president@gcoprf.org.