Friendship Park Conservatory - 395 Algonquin Road - Des Plaines
Social hour starts at 11:30 am, followed by business meeting.
Programs start at 1:00 pm.
June 13, 2018 Road Trip
“Wilder Park Conservatory and Gardens”
225 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL
This Elmhurst Park District conservatory, first built in 1923, was completely re-constructed in 2013 and reopened to the public in April 2014. Among the attractions on the grounds are the conservatory, greenhouse, butterfly garden, Wilder Mansion and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art.
Completed Programs 2017-2018
September 13, 2017
“Creativity in the Garden”
Carol Chickorski, www.ohwhatabeautifulgarden-chicagoland.com
Does creativity elude you? Is creativity an art or a science? This thought-provoking presentation debuted at the 2013 Chicago Flower and Garden Show. It focuses on the unexpected, taking risks and the creative process. Let this seminar be your inspiration and road map to expressing your individuality in the garden. Carol is past president of the Elk Grove Garden Club and speaks regularly at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and often manages their seminars on-site. She blogs at www.ohwhata.com.
Also: Optional member plant exchange — bring one, get one!
October 11, 2017
“Small Space Gardening”
Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine
A garden doesn’t need to be big to be great. Good design and thoughtful plant selection will make even the smallest space into something special. Gardens throughout the Chicago city and suburbs demonstrate various imaginative ways to create a lush, beautiful look in a restricted area. Carolyn is the editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine. She was the garden columnist and feature writer for the Chicago Sun Times for seven years and has written articles for Garden Design, Horticulture, House Beautiful and the Chicago Tribune. She received the Quill & Trowel award for magazine writing from the Garden Writers of America three times. She is a member of the Garden Writers of America and a member of the Hyde Park Garden Club.
November 8, 2017
“Milk Jug Seed Starting”
Ed & Regina Stremich, Mount Prospect, IL
No greenhouse – no problem! Here’s an easy, no fuss way to start your seedlings using empty milk or water jugs. Mother Nature creates the warmth and moisture for the terrarium-like atmosphere. Ed and Reginajoined the Garden Club of Mount Prospect in 2016. Ed specializes in creating containers and hanging baskets and is an active member and treasurer of the Northshore Iris and Daylily Society.
December 6, 2017 (note: this is the first Wednesday of the month)
“Happy Holly Days”
Members of the Garden Club of Mount Prospect
A relaxing fun afternoon featuring audience participation and the sharing of tips, talents and tasties. Happy holly days to all!
January 10, 2018
“Gardening Smarter as We Age”
Barbara Kreski, Chicago Botanic Garden
Gardening provides so many physical and emotional benefits that it’s well worth pursuing. The activity may even improve problems associated with aging, such as depression, osteoporosis, diabetes and poor sleep. But what can gardeners do to continue gardening as they age? Barbara will present ideas to help you garden despite these challenges.
Barbara supervises the horticultural therapy services department at the Chicago Botanic Garden, including oversight of delivery of services to off-site health and human services agencies, horticultural therapy programming at the Buehler Enabling Garden and therapeutic garden design consultation.
February 14, 2018
“Dazzling, Delightful, Delicious Daylilies”
Greg Bartoshuk, award winning daylily hybridizer
Master Gardener Greg Bartoshuk will tell us everything we ever wanted to know about daylilies, from their history to their hybridization and fertilization. He will include the care and culture of these amazing plants. A door prize drawing for his own hybridized plants or seeds will follow the presentation.
Greg is the winner of both the outstanding master gardener of the year and the sustained excellence award from the University of Illinois. He is an award winning daylily hybridizer and judge as well as past president of the Northshore Iris and Daylily Society. In addition Greg is a landscape designer and has appeared on radio and TV.
March 14, 2018
“From Glum to Gorgeous with Ground Covers”
Laura Christiansen, Design With Nature
Do you feel that your home landscape is missing something? Does it not look quite complete, like those gorgeous yards in the gardening magazines? Do you want to know a secret? You probably need groundcovers! Laura will talk about this often over-looked component of the home landscape.
Laura is an experienced landscape designer with a degree in landscape architecture and a master’s in city planning and is a 36-year member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Laura’s landscape design business, Design With Nature in Wheaton, focuses on residential landscape design.
April 11, 2018
William Hessel, NGC Flower Show Judge
Floral designs will be created with commentary and quiz to see which attendee can recognize the most designer intents.
Bill has much experience as a National Garden Clubs Flower Show Judge, winning many awards for his entries in numerous flower shows. He is also on the Illinois Judges Council. Bill is a member of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich.
This meeting will also feature reports on the club's 2018 civic and garden projects:
Butterfly garden – Kate Lyons/Mary Lange
Green Thumb awards – New Green Thumb team, Mary Lynn Asmus, Trish Brandenburg,
Celeste Magers, Judy Mahallak will begin work in May
Historical Society garden –Linda Korn, Lynn Istwan, Mary Scanlon
Monarch Outreach – Ron Willer – I will be soliciting for volunteers to
help with Earth Day April 22nd
May 9, 2018
Annual Spring Salad Luncheon
Theme: "Friends are the flowers in the garden of life"
Salad buffet, plant sales and raffles
Rob Roy Clubhouse, 505 East Camp McDonald Road,
Prospect Heights, IL
May 22, 2018 Joint program with Mount Prospect Public Library
“Astonishing Beauty and Wisdom of Wildflowers”
by Glenn Adelson, Lake Forest College
Library, 10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL