Tag: 2020

Columbus Park Guided Tour

Garden Club of OPRF Field Trip
On Tuesday, October 6, the Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest sponsored a walk-through Columbus Park. Jette Castro, along with her husband Tony, led the trip for the maximum group of 15. It was a beautiful fall day and most attendees had never visited that part of Columbus Park. You can find a fascinating read about what landscape architect Jens Jensen called, “Balm for the Human Soul,” at NPS.gov , which is the National Park Service official site. Enter in the search space: “Chicago’s Columbus Park.” If you only have limited time, we recommend scrolling down, past the teachers’ section to the section called “Determining the Facts.” Here you will find the fascinating history of the park. I think you will agree that the historic landmark status granted in 2003 is deserved. The group’s take away was one question: “Who knew?”

It was a beautiful fall morning and Jette (& Tony) did an excellent job helping us find birds. Collectively the following birds were observed: a Great Blue Heron, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Northern Flicker, a Brown Creeper, a Northern Cardinal, American Robins, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Wood ducks, Canada Geese, Mallards and sparrows. Club members also enjoyed the flowers like Blue Astors. We learned that the park district found that planting tall plants at the water’s edge keep the geese from walking, and pooping, on their way to the water. Instead they fly directly to the pond. We ended the tour at the Refrectory building patio where we admired its mural from afar as well as the building’s architectural designs. Columbus Park was inaugurated in 1920. According to the 100th Anniversary book, the group learned that Jens Jensen gave a presentation on “Landscape Gardening” to the Garden Club of OPRF in February of 1919.

CBD and Hemp-What’s all the fuss? October 14, 2020 (Zoom)

On October 14, from 1:00-2:00, Barbara Collins will present “CBD and Hemp-What’s all the Fuss?”

Do you actually know the difference between cannabinoid, hemp and marijuana? Barb will walk you through the growing and vetting processes of each. Along the way, she will give many examples and common uses. Barbara can be contacted on LinkedIn.com

An Evite will be sent to the membership. Please RSVP to the Evite. The meeting will be conducted on-line. If the Zoom application is used the number of participants will be limited to 100. Log in to Zoom up to a half hour early to troubleshoot any technical issues and to join us for some casual social time before the program. An email reminder will be sent to the registered members a week before the event; a sign-in link will be sent on the day of the program.

New members are always welcome. To attend the upcoming Garden Club virtual meetings, please click Membership and join.


Hemp and CBD
By Barbara L Collins, MS
October 14, 2020
This presentation is intended to provide educational information related to CBD history, legal information, potential medical benefits and risks. It is not a recommendation to use Cannabis, CBD or any CBD related product.

If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.

Review of Corn Zea mays
All corn is derived from this species.

Hemp Cannabis sativa
All hemp is derived from this species.

The difference between Hemp and Marijuana
Hemp (less than 0.3% THC dry weight) vs. Marijuana (greater than 0.3% THC dry weight)
Industrial Hemp crops and uses
Building materials, biofuel, Phytoremediation, textiles, paper

Hemp seed oil comes from cold pressing the seeds of hemp plants.
Food and body care.

History of Cannabis sativa
Indigenous to Central and South Asia
For millennia, the plant has been valued for its use for fiber, rope, food and medicine.
American settlers were required to grow hemp.

During WWII, industrial hemp was grown for the Armed Services.

Marijuana is discussed only to delineate it from hemp.
The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, the 1970 Controlled Substance Act

Then, in 2018, the Farm Bill removed hemp containing 0.3% or less THC from the Controlled Substances Act and hemp-derived CBD was legalized.

CBD does not fall under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and thus has not undergone those standards.

The Endocannabinoid System is one of the naturally occurring systems of humans.
Phytocannabinoids including CBD are derived from plants. CBD is isolated from the stem, stalk and seeds of hemp plants. CBD oil adds coconut or hemp seed oil. CBD concentration varies from 5-20%.
Baby leaf hemp is being developed at Cornell University and is potentially being used as an edible salad green.

Hemp in the US

Hemp is considered an agricultural crop.
CBD-rich hemp could be worth as much as $10,000 an acre as of 2018.
Illinois allows licensed hemp production (40 per year at $10,000 per license).

Chicago Tribune, July 7, 2020 article.
World statistics: $4 billion –In 2019; Brighton Group estimates of $20 billion by 2025.
Illinois record of $48 million in June, 2020.

Nasturtium Notes 8.2

Programs: On September 9, from 1:00-2:00, Cindy Crosby will present “The Tallgrass Prairie: Grocery Store, Apothecary and Love Charm Shop.” https://cindycrosby.com/ We will send an evite to the membership. PLEASE RESPOND TO THE EVITE in order to get a Zoom link the day of the program.

Directory: If any of your information for the new 2020-21 Club Directory has changed since last year, please notify Joan Figatner ASAP: vpmembership@gcoprf.org.

• Garden Clubs of Illinois has some useful information this month on trees, viburnum leaf beetle, and jumping worms. Check it out: https://www.gardenclubsofillinois.org/the-importance-of-trees

• Landscape Design School is scheduled for October: https://www.gardenclubsofillinois.org/event- information

• Lombard Garden Club will be hosting a preorder and pickup lilac sale at Lilacia Park on September 10 – 12, 2020. See https://lombard-garden-club-lilac-sale.myshopify.com/

• The National Gardener magazine, the official quarterly publication of National Garden Clubs, is now available free online. (It formerly required a paid subscription.) It’s full of useful and interesting articles. Please bookmark it and check it out: https://www.gardenclub.org/national-gardener-online

• Just for fun:
o https://getgrowingfoundation.org/ Sign up for information on Plant Truck Chicago, communityoutreach programs, and the Get Growing Series YouTube Channel.

o West Cook Wild Ones is hosting Native Gardens Through the Seasons: A Virtual Walk on Saturday, September 12. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-gardens-through-the-seasons-a-virtual-walk-tickets-114711146126

o Our field trips committee suggests you consider a trip to Columbus Park: https://www.facebook.com/groups/233989470332311/permalink/1060342421030341/

o One Earth Film Festival has online films and is seeking reviewers for next year’s film lineup. https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/

Stay safe and keep gardening!

Lisa Cederoth & Mary Ellen Warner, co-presidents

Nasturtium News, August 2020

Greetings! We have a lot of news this month….

• Programs: We are pleased to announce that Garden Club monthly meetings will resume, although we will be “virtual” for now on Zoom.

On September 9, from 1:00-2:00, Cindy Crosby will present “The Tallgrass Prairie: Grocery Store, Apothecary and Love Charm Shop.” Throughout Illinois’ history, people have used the prairie as grocery store, pharmacy, art supply shop and even a place to find love potions! Discover the charming stories behind these rugged native tallgrass plants and their beauty and utility in the garden today. Cindy is an author, master gardener and instructor in natural history subjects. Cindy Crosby/ We will send an email reminder to the membership a week before, and will send a Zoom link the day of the program for you to join us.

For those members unfamiliar with Zoom, many resources are available online. If you would like to chat with a board member about how to use Zoom, please contact us at president@gcoprf.org. We are not experts but will try to answer questions to the best of our ability so that every member can participate.

• LOGO: Our beautiful new Garden Club logo and letterhead are debuted in this newsletter! The nasturtium has long been the official symbol of our club. The original design was created around 1998 by a long-time member, the late artist and author Bobbie Raymond. Her nasturtium designs were used on our Club Directory for many years, with another of Bobbie’s nasturtium designs used for our 2016-17 Centennial Book. (An iris was used 2007-2016.) Reportedly, in 1942 the children of Oak Park chose the nasturtium as their favorite flower. It was adopted by Oak Park as its official flower. This summer, board member Gina Sennello, joined by committee members Kathy English and Cheri Fedota, commissioned local graphic designer Mary O’Kiersey to enliven and modernize Bobbie’s nasturtium for use in social media and our website. We hope you enjoy the designs, which are the product of much collaborative work and great attention to detail.

• Speaking of social media, Dori Bernstein, our director of website and social media, has been updating our website https://gcoprf.org/ and is developing our Club’s first Facebook profile page. While it is currently under construction, you can take a sneak preview at: Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest Facebook Page.

• Many of our members also enjoy the unrelated “Oak Park Area Garden Club,” a Facebook public group, which is not part of the official Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest, but which has many members in common and features interesting topics and discussions.

• The Garden Club has recently received five awards from the Garden Clubs of Illinois. We won a 3rd place Myrtle R. Walgreen Memorial Award for a Civic Project, and an Honorable Mention in “Planting for Pollinators.” Both awards stem from the Civic Beautification Project at the Oak Park Art League.

We also tied for 2nd place for our Garden Therapy program conducted by Sue Milojevic and Gina Sennello, and an award for greatest number of new members among clubs with 100-299 members. We received a Special Award rosette because the first two projects were eligible to compete nationally.

• As reported last month, the newly completed Oak Park Art League garden suffered some damage during a July storm, but is open for viewing. Elaine Allen is working on a magazine documenting the project, and this will soon be made available for purchase by the membership.

• Fun reads:
o Visit the Garden Clubs of Illinois website and view the November 1939 Garden Glories.

o Board member Joan Meister recommends The Illustrated Garden Book by Vita Sackville-West. See her book review at https://gcoprf.org/

o If you have any reading suggestions for books on gardening, botany, environment, or related topics, please contact us at president@gcoprf.org.

• Group field trips are off for now, but there are many options for independent visits. Always call ahead! Thank you to Kathy English and Elaine Allen, our field trip chairs, for most of these suggestions.

o There are still a few days left to view the trial gardens of Ball seed during customer days in West Chicago, open daily until August 14. Register at https://www.ballseed.com/CustomerDays/

o Another garden club has found VonBergen’sfarm i nHebron,ILto be an enjoyable way to spend the day and view some sunflower fields. https://www.vonbergens.com/http://klehm.org/garden-fair- 2020/

o Gethsemane Gardens Nursery-always a lot to see.

o The Gardens of the Baha’iTemple in Winnetka are open but the temple is closed at this point.

o Proksa Park in Berwyn. 3001 Wisconsin, Berwyn. The park is unusual with water features, native plantings and wildlife. Best to park on Wisconsin.

• PLANTCEDES: If you are interested in being notified when a neighbor has extra plants to share, or if you occasionally have extra plants yourself, please directly contact Gloria Backman at plantcede@gmail.com to join her email list.

• Our new 2020-21 Club Directory will be available for distribution after September 9. See the September Newsletter for details on how to pick up yours. If any of your information for the directory has changed since last year, please notify Joan Figatner ASAP: vpmembership@gcoprf.org

Stay safe and keep gardening!
Lisa Cederoth & Mary Ellen Warner, co-presidents