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Carolyn was the Garden columnist and feature writer for the Chicago Sun Times for 7 years and has written freelance 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. Her educational credentials include MAT in English from Northwestern University; BA in English and French from the University of Kansas; BA in Photography from Columbia College and a Member of the Garden Writers of America. She was an English teacher for 20 years. Her Garden Club experience includes Membership in the Hyde Park Garden Club where she has been on the Fair Committee for 20 years.
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.
So many yellows—daffodils , Celadine poppies, Primrose, Pansies, and yes, dandelions. The Nyger Thistle feeder is filled with the yellow of the male Gold Finches.
May is so filled with blue—Virginia Bluebells ,Jacob’s ladder, Vinca, Brunnera macrophylla (which I’m thrilled to say has decided to spread all over my back garden).
The greens are such a treat after our brown winter season——Hostas, Solomon’s Seal, and grass. The delicate green of budding trees and shrubs is one of my favorites.j
So many colors to enjoy in my garden and now I’m heading outside to “pot up” some of these to take to our May 5th Boutique so that you too will have this to enjoy next year.
Happy May to all of you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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