Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest
Forest Bathing:  Health Benefits of Nature

Forest Bathing: Health Benefits of Nature

November 13, 2019

12:00 PM at the Chaney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois. Free parking is available on the street

Presenter Jane Grillo: Learn what science has now proven but what gardeners have long known, working outside in a garden and walking in nature is beneficial to health.

This month’s speaker works with a variety of garden clubs, schools, church groups in expanding their understanding of nature and the environment. She worked at The Natural Garden and Midwest Ground Covers, both located in St. Charles, Illinois. She has designed and coordinated a handicapped accessible therapy sensory butterfly garden at a therapy facility.

We start the meeting at 12:00 PM with light refreshments including tea and decaffeinated coffee. Members volunteer to set up the centerpieces and refreshments. A short business meeting precedes a one hour garden related presentation at 1:00 PM. The meetings are free and open to the public; guests are always welcome.

Members that would like to volunteer to use their creativity to design and make the centerpieces and set up refreshments should contact Kathy English of the Hospitality Committee, kathryn_english@comcast.net.

Please direct questions and speaker recommendations to Joan Meister, joanmeistr@icloud.com

September  Meeting

September Meeting

September 11, 2019

THE FIVE WAYS TO PRESERVE THE HARVEST

In this interactive presentation, food blogger and cookbook author Emily Paster will cover five ways to preserve your garden harvest from canning to freezing to drying and root-cellaring. Emily will offer an in-depth description of water-bath canning, a versatile and accessible method of home food preservation suitable for many common fruits and vegetables grown in home and community gardens. You will also walk away with Emily’s “Freezer Cheat Sheet” which demystifies the process and benefits of freezing local and home-grown fruits and vegetables as well as an overview of safe water-bath canning procedures, fermentation and suggestions for helpful resources for further study.

Bio:

Emily Paster is the author of two cookbooks, 2016’s Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving and The Joys of Jewish Preserving published in 2017. She is the writer and photographer behind the website West of the Loop, which has been called “a family food blog to savor.” As the founder of the Chicago Food Swap, a community event where handmade foods are bartered and exchanged, Emily is a leader in the national food swap movement.
If you need further information, consult her professional websites:

www.emilypaster.com

www.WestoftheLoop.com

Annual Tea Party Review

Annual Tea Party Review

The annual Tea Party was a great success. The weather had a slight threat of rain, but held off until after the back yard party. We had the pleasure of sharing in some of the members creative pursuits, including home crafted fairy garden structures, a unique garden theme art book “How Does Your Garden Grow” by Mary, and original poetry.

We enjoyed Todd & Holland tea with a wonderful assortment of food. This was a wonderful low key afternoon, with great conversations.

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