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.
October 10, 2018 “Debbie Does Virginia” by Debbie Notaro This presentation takes you on an excursion through the State of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. The Virginia Garden Club sponsors this statewide garden and house tour in April every year.
Debbie is the owner of My Secret Garden, Landscape Design. She is a freelance writer who regularly writes a regional column on the far western suburbs for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. Debbie is a five-year president of the Geneva Garden Club and a certified horticulturist and landscape and construction designer. She lives and gardens in Campton Hills, IL.
* * * * * * * * * * * * November 14, 2018 “Prospect Heights Slough Restoration” by Dr. Agnes Wojnarski The Prospect Heights Slough is one of the few remaining naturally occurring wetlands in the Chicagoland region. Noted on the original land surveys from the 1800s, the Slough is habitat to thousands of insects, birds, fish, macro-invertebrates, mammals and amphibians.
Dr. Agnes Wojnarski, a physician at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, is chairman of the Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission. The commission’s original and still primary project is restoration of the slough to its natural state.
* * * * * * * * * * * * December 5, 2018 (first Wednesday) “Chatting, Crafting and Caroling” Come join your fellow Garden Club members for a fun afternoon of holiday cheer!
* * * * * * * * * * * * January 9, 2019 “Coffee, Tea & Me” Video and presentation Join us for a program featuring a film by the Bigelow Tea Company, “Explore the World of Tea.” Then stay tuned for a presentation by fellow members about their favorite beverage – coffee.
* * * * * * * * * * * * February 13, 2019 “Tropicals to Perk up Your Home” by Barb Collins Barb will show us where those indoor plants grow wild. She'll explain how to adapt the many different species and their cultivars to our homes and our temperate climate. New and exciting introductions are highlighted. Tips about keeping them at their best are included.
Barb is the published author of two books: Landscaping Herbs and Professional Interior Plantscaping. She earned her masters of science degree in horticulture at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
* * * * * * * * * * * * March 13, 2019 “All About GMOs” by Kim Morton More than 2,000 studies say that genetically modified food is as safe as conventional food. But ongoing concerns over its long-term effects as well as government regulation could put the brakes on GMOs and put at risk our ability to feed the world now and in the future.
Kim has been a member of the Cook County Farm Bureau Speakers Bureau since its inception in 2013. A former farm manager for the Northern Trust Company and a farm owner, Kim is one of Chicagoland’s premier speakers on GMO testing and use.
* * * * * * * * * * * * April 10, 2019 “Shakespeare’s Garden” by members of the Garden Club of Evanston The Shakespeare Garden, nestled in a quiet section of Northwestern University, was established a century ago, during WWI, as a project of the Garden Club of Evanston. Designed by renowned Danish-American landscape architect and conservationist Jens Jensen (1860-1951), all the flowers, shrubs, trees and herbs in the garden are mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays.
Garden Club of Evanston members will tell us about the garden. Erica Granchalek will talk about Jens Jensen and the garden’s history, and Beth Schroeder will talk about the plant materials.
* * * * * * * * * * * * Tuesday, May 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m. “Wildflowers of the Great Lakes Region” by Glenn Adelson, Lake Forest College Mount Prospect Public Library (joint program) 10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL
We welcome back our speaker from last year to learn about our regional wildflowers. Open to the public.
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