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 General Meeting
 Thurs. Feb. 15, 2018  9:30 am     
“The World of The Honeybee”  by Gregg Walter

What’s the Buzzzzz?  Lake County Beekeeper, Gregg Walter, will discuss the various jobs that bees perform, along with a general overview of beekeeping and other fascinating tidbits on bees. 

With fifteen years of experience as a beekeeper, and the purveyor of Harbor Honey in Winthrop Harbor, Gregg has learned a fascinating array of information which he conveys in a lively presentation.  He has presented to many garden clubs in the area to rave reviews!  A key member of the Lake County Beekeepers Association, Gregg had served as chairman of their Program Committee. 

  Time:       9:30 am Continental Breakfast
                   9:45 am Business Meeting 
                10:30 am Speaker 

  Where:    Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Station #53 
                   671 Woodlands Parkway 
                       (Milwaukee Ave & Corporate Woods Pkwy) 
                   Vernon Hills, IL  60061
  Parking:    Front and back lots of the fire station or at Extended Stay America next door.
                 Please do not park in the medical office lot to the west.
                    Our guest speaker will have an orange-cone designated space near the door!

  Beverages:  Bring your own beverage of choice;  cups & tap water will be available.  
  Guests:  are always welcome to attend.
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                             From Our Hearts To Your Hearts:   
 As has become our tradition at the February Meeting, we will collect food and paper goods for the Vernon Township Food Pantry.   

 General Meeting
 Thurs. Mar. 15, 2018  9:30 am     

“Transplanting Tips and More” 

by the LGC Plant Sale Committee

The committee will give you guidelines on how and when to transplant plants from your garden into pots for the LGC May Plant Sale (our only fund-raiser of the year).  They will also share ideas for container arrangements, baskets and succulent plantings.  Sign-up sheets will circulate for spring potting parties. 

Additionally, Dan Mennemeyer, owner of Exact Blade Inc. in Northbrook, will give tips on maintaining garden tools.  If you would like Dan to sharpen and clean your garden tools … he has graciously offered to take orders and tools back to his shop on the day of the meeting and make arrangements for you to pick up once they are completed. Order Forms & Pricing details will be provided a few weeks prior to our meeting.

Come Join the Fun---Become a Member Today

The Garden Club can easily fit into your busy lifestyle of today. By joining our club you can catch up with friends, and foster new friendships. Stay connected with us through social media by reading an interesting item on our website, or connect with us through Facebook to ask a gardening question. The garden club offers comradery and support. The energy and inspiration you derive from attending a program, event, or meeting is invaluable.

Bugs, Bats, Birds and more…. Lincolnshire Garden Club offers a variety of meaningful programs that goes beyond plants and flowers. We cultivate our gardens by enriching our members’ knowledge. Here are a few reasons you want to consider joining:

·      Appealing variety of programs, field trips and events offered

·      Social opportunities to meet new people

·      Plentiful choices to volunteer in our community

·      Hands on education and workshops

·      Learn how to protect your environment.

·      Ability to give back and enrich your community

·      Learn how to protect your own backyard

·      Socially conscientious, environmentally responsible

·      Share our gardening experiences and successes

Lincolnshire Garden Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month from September through June at 9:30am. You are welcome to attend our meetings and hopefully join our happy group of gardeners. For more information please contact our Membership Committee.

We invite you to join and grow with us!
Click Here to download your 2017-18 LGC Membership Application

Chicago Botanic Garden
Being a Lincolnshire Garden Club Member has Advantages.

The Lincolnshire Garden Club is a member of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Current members wishing to borrow the Club's membership card to visit Chicago's beautiful gardens should contact our Club President.

The card provides for free parking, admittance, discounts in their cafe and discounts at their Gift Shop.

In addition, if you choose to purchase your own membership mention that you are a Lincolnshire Garden Club Member and save.

Take this LINK to our Forms.
Message from the President
. . .  Joan Keyes

   I’m sure you’ve noticed that we now have nine hours and 41 minutes of day light today.  Now doesn’t that make you want to go out for a walk, check over your garden tools or start researching all the plants you’d like to add to your gardens? I’m looking at my Ivy house plants and taking cuttings (as Jan requested) and know that they will be ready to use at our Plant Sale on May 5th.

Isn’t our Feb speaker just perfect for our February Meeting?? Such a SWEET topic for this SWEET month.

You still have time to shop for our annual event for the Vernon Township Food Pantry- From “Our Hearts to Your Hearts” They are requesting rice dishes, protein (Tuna) and canned fruit.  Just a reminder that food stamps do not cover paper products, toiletries, or dental products. You will notice 2 cars with their trunks open so you can drop off your donations as you enter the building.

Looking forward to seeing you on February 15 th. 

Field Trips
 (site under construction)

Field Trip Old Farm, July 9, 2015

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

Recipes Worth Trying
shared with the Lincolnshire Garden Club by Lori Hartnett
Zucchini & Tomatoes

Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free Nut Free
Makes:   4 cups  
2 zucchini (about 10 oz. each), ends trimmed
3 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
Few dashes crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1 cup cherry tomatoes
8 leaves fresh basil, chopped (See Fresh Tip)
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese, optional

CUT zucchini into quarters lengthwise; cut each piece into 4 (two-inch) lengths. Place zucchini in large skillet with water, oil and seasoning; Bring liquid to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover; reduce heat to medium. Cook 6 to 7 minutes or until zucchini is almost tender, stirring occasionally.
ADD tomatoes; continue cooking uncovered 3 to 4 minutes or until just softened. Stir in basil; cook about 1 minute.
TRANSFER to serving bowl; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Fresh Tips - SUBSTITUTE: Use 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves for fresh.