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

Annual Spring Luncheon May 9th, 2018

The Garden Club Spring Luncheon : “Afternoon in the Garden” will be held Wednesday, May 9th at the Oak Park Country Club. Along with exciting raffles, prizes, delicious food and lovely company, we will be previewing fifty of this year’s best new flowers and garden plants. Landscape designer and Master Gardener Kim Hartman will present the latest varieties proven for this area and sure to add color and beautiful diversity to our outdoor spaces. Gather your friends, create a hat and join the fun! we look forward to seeing you there.

Members will be receiving invitations in the mail in April.  Click on link to go to reservation payment page.

May Luncheon Reservations

Oak Park Country Club, 2001 N, Thatcher Avenue, River Grove, ILL

Join in the annual hat parade tradition.  Members have been wearing decorated hats to the luncheon for more than fifty years.