August Tea – 8/14/19

While planning the Garden Club August Tea, we were struck by the fact that so many members of the club are so creative. Member’s creativity has been expressed through many aspects of gardening, flower arranging, garden hats, and photography. Please consider sharing one of your creative expressions with us at the August Tea. The full range of creative expressions are welcome, from art to music to writing. Your creativity may be expressed in an exceptional garden planning method, a poem, a photograph, a story about getting inspired or inspiring someone to garden, needlework, or a song. Anything gardening related that you think others my find interesting will inspire us all to find our inner creativity. Please let Joan Meister know if you will be inspiring us with your creativity. (

An Evite was sent to all members on July 15, 2019. Please check your email, RSVP, and sign up for a contribution. Due to space constraints there is a limit of 40 members for the August Tea.

Garden Club August Tea
1316 Jackson,
River Forest, Illinois

August 14, 2019

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

2019 Annual Garden Walk

Oak Park River Forest Garden Walk – June 23, 2019

The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) will be holding their 26th Annual Garden Walk on Sunday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. Make note of the date and prepare for an exciting self-guided tour of eight unique gardens plus a public space. Transportation is needed from one garden to another: bicycles are a good option. Once again “plein air” artists will be demonstrating their amazing creativity in some of the gardens. Garden Guide booklets will be used for your self-guided tour. The Garden Guide includes a map and a description of each garden on the 2019 Garden Walk. Master gardeners will also be available to answer your gardening questions.

Online ticket purchases will be available on this website,, from May 1st until 4:00 p.m., June 22, 2019 for $15 each. Member discounts are not available online.  Tickets will not be mailed.  Use your PayPal receipt to exchange for a Garden Guide.

In person tickets will be available at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Street, Oak Park (cash/check only) from June 1, 2019. Tickets bought prior to the event (4:00 p.m., June 22, 2019) are $15.

In person tickets bought on the day of the Garden Walk, June 23, will be $20 (cash/check/credit card). They will be available at the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park) and the Oak Park Conservatory (815 Garfield Street, Oak Park).

Tickets or Paypal receipts must be exchanged for your Garden Guide booklets, which will serve as your entry to the gardens. Garden Guide booklets will be available from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park) or the Oak Park Conservatory. The Garden Guides include a map and a description of each garden.

FOPCON members should check the FOPCON website for further ticket information.

A Fundraiser Drawing will be held at 4:00 pm at a designated garden. See the Garden Guide booklet for the specific garden location. Winner need not be present. Possible prizes may include ($100 value): a wine basket with two tickets to an “Uncorked” event at the Oak Park Conservatory, a summer succulent wreath and a fall focused wreath for your door, a gift certificate from Garland Flowers, located at 137 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park. Fundraiser Drawing tickets are $5 or $20 for five tickets. Purchase drawing tickets on the day of the Garden Walk at The Oak Park Conservatory, the Cheney Mansion or the drawing location garden, as shown in the Garden Guide booklet.

Purchase Garden Walk tickets for $20 Sunday at Cheney Mansion or the Oak Park Conservatory


“Thyme for Spring” and once again, the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest is celebrating the new season with our annual luncheon.  Join the fun on May 8th starting at 11 a.m., at the picturesque Oak Park Country Club in River Grove.

Guests are welcome and will enjoy a lovely afternoon.  Herb themed raffles and prizes, the always creative hat parade, as well as delicious food and fabulous floral presentation  by designer Kathi Rose are all on the agenda

Buy online for $50 per person, or return your response card and check to Barb Graham. Pay here: May Luncheon Reservations  Please respond by April 30th.

Be sure to wear your best hat, a Garden Club tradition.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Cindy Rossi 1st Place Hat 2018
Debbie 2nd Place Hat
Hat Prize winner

Cathy Adduci to speak at Garden Club April 10

GCOPRF April 10, 2019 speaker to be Cathy Adduci, President of the Village of River Forest, Illinois.  Cathy is serving in her second term as President of the Village and has been appointed to the board of directors of the Illinois Municipal League. She is retired as vice president and senior executive for Unisys Corporation where she worked for 32 years. Cathy received her MBA in finance from Loyola University; a  bachelor of science in marketing from Northern Illinois University; and completed international studies at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.   Her topic will be discussing the River Forest Sustainability Plan as they look toward the future.

April 10 Join us at Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park   All are welcome.

Refreshments at noon, meeting at 12:30, program at 1:00 p.m.