Mark Cichorski, president of Central States Dahlia Club will be the guest speaker at the March 5, 2014 meeting of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. This is GCOPRF’s only evening meeting and will be held 6:30 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake street, Oak Park, Il. Mr. Cichorski’s presentation will be “Dahlias-Living Fireworks. The meeting is free, and open to the public. There is parking under the library and in parking garages along Lake Street.
“Pinkies Up” would have been a fitting call to the Garden Club ladies to begin the elegant tea held Wednesday afternoon at Cheney Mansion. The 100 year old Cheney looked beautiful inside and outside. The much younger attendees looked splendid and cheerfully chatted with friends, admired the garden’s latest additions, and enjoyed a tea on par with the Drake Hotel, in my humble opinion.
On behalf of the tea participants, thank you Barbara Graham and Sue Milojevic for the beautiful tea and flower arrangements. Thank you Poppy and Charlie for the gorgeous surroundings at Cheney Mansion.
Afternoon tea is a time honored tradition credited to Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who in 1830 asked to be served tea and light refreshments in the afternoon; perhaps to ward off a growling stomach before dinner at 9:00 p.m. Anna so enjoyed this break in her day that she began to invite her friends for tea and refreshments and served them in the garden or the library on inclement days.
High tea, which sounds more refiined, was actually a meal that usually included meat or fish and was served around 6 p.m. for working class people. Some say high tea also refers to the high tables in the pubs where the patrons would stand to eat and drink.
The tradition continues at the historic Cheney Mansion with the Garden Club’s fifth annual afternoon tea on Wednesday, June 5 at 1:30 p.m. The RSVP’S have been tallied, the savories and tea ordered, the table settings and flowers planned. We look forward to pouring tea for our friends and enjoying a stroll around the gardens. Barbara and her committee have done all they can to prepare for this event, now we can only hope mother nature cooperates with nice weather.
Garden Club OPRF will be gathering at Cheney Mansion on September 5 at 9:30 a..m. for their traditional “Friendship Breakfast” to start off the 2012-2013 season. I love traditions, but between you and me, I would call this gathering more of a coffee klatch than a breakfast. I associate the term breakfast with a hardy meal, the way my mother started us off for a day of school. I think of my garden club friends as gathering on this occasion for conversation, coffee and maybe some fruit or a little pastry. The real meat in our “breakfast” will be the program to follow at 10:30 a.m.!
For most of us that weren’t watering steadily this summer, our containers hold drooping or dead plants. Our guest, Laura Christensen has accepted the challenge of stimulating our imaginations to create beautiful new container combinations for fall and winter. Laura is a woman with qualifications a mile long. She can equal or surpass the experience of most of our group! Her discussion and demonstration will cover the gamut from color palette and design to shopping for materials (my personal favorite).