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Gail has been at Red’s Garden Center for 14 years and received her Master Gardener Certification in 2006.
Gardening in the shade can be a challenge. This seminar will provide you with information about the best choices for certain types of shade, various soil conditions, and ideas on what you can do to beautify those areas where nothing seems to grow. With some simple design techniques and great plants, you can transform any shady area into a showcase.
While Gail won’t be able to join us, her program will be presented by LGC members, followed by a Q&A session. A comprehensive handout will be available. A panel comprised of LGC’s own certified Master Gardeners and accomplished passionate gardeners will motivate and inspire you to want to go out and dig!
Time: 9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast (bring your own beverage; tap water available)
Where: Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection Station
Parking: In front and back parking lots of the fire station or in the parking lot of the Extended Stay America hotel next door. Please do not park in the medical office lot to the west of the fire station.
Earth laughs in flowers
I must say that this thought did not greet me this morning. My yard was filled with two days of rain and a pair of Mallard Ducks had taken up residency in the “pond” in my little woods.
I can only say that My earth only had a few giggles, but there they were !
Lovely blue Silla, some remaining “Snow Drops” (Galanthus), Purple Crocus, Striped Squill (Puschkinia) Purple and white Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis )
It’s time to keep our eyes open, be patient, and very soon “The Earth WILL laugh in Flowers.
The LGC Boutique and Plant Sale is fast approaching. Handcrafted items made by our members and perennials and houseplants will be available for purchase. Please get the word out to family and friends about our only fundraiser of the year to help us continue our tradition of community service. Cash or check is our preferred payment for faster check out.
Questions please contact Jan Stefans 847-945-6575 or e-mail email@example.com. Looking forward to seeing you at the Swim Club, Jan
Boy, was it hot!! Boy, was it buggy! But 21 of us showed up on Thursday, July 9th, for a lovely garden tour of Old Mill Farm, the home of Frank Mariani. Before we started, Cheryl, Frank’s personal assistant, loaded us up with bug spray and introduced other staff members who were joining us. The walk toward the house was a beautiful shade garden of ferns, astilbe, hosta, Bottlebrush Buckeye and much more.
As we walked, Jim, the Head Horticulturist, provided an introduction to the Farm. The approximately 10 acres are mostly wild – “not a formal property” -- including 2 acres of prairie which are periodically burned. Black Walnut and oak trees abound. Wildlife is plentiful with the usual suspects plus ducks that nested in the vegetable garden and flying squirrels that nested in the attic. A House Wren, typically singing his little heart out, was with us throughout the visit.
The cultivated gardens were just beyond the swimming pool which lies next to the English Tudor house. After 20 years, the vegetable garden is getting a new structure, including raised beds bordered by stone instead of wood which deteriorated over time. It was beautifully maintained and filled with delicious looking veggies including all kinds of greens, herbs, cucumbers and peppers as well as the usual garden fare. And what do they do with all the produce? Jim said it all gets used by family and friends “of which the Marianis have many.”
A variety of native plants filled the flower garden including milkweed, Rattlesnake Master, Prairie Spurge, Purple Prairie Clover and Wild Quinine. Also in the garden, among many other species were Dahlias, Blue Angel Clematis, Trumpet Vine, Lantana, “Lollypop” Verbena and “Breadbox” Poppies which provide the seeds for opium. Pear, plum, apple and cherry trees make up the orchard, and bee hives are also on the property.
After resting briefly on the patio by the pool, we thanked our hosts and headed off to The Silo in Lake Bluff, a favorite of LGC members. Pizza, veggie wraps, salads and air conditioning! What more could we want after visiting lovely Old Mill Farm.
Written by Marj Lundy