The Lincolnshire Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.
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 Annual Picnic &  Garden Walk  (Members Only)
 Thurs.  June 21, 2018    

  Invitations have been emailed to all Active Members.

            Look  for the "Punchbowl" invite.

  RSVP:     June 14th

  When:    Thursday June 21st

                          10:00 am  Garden Walks
                          11:30 am  Luncheon 

  Directions & Maps:    Sent in a separate email

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 2018-2019 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 garden
s should contact our Club President.   

The card provides for free parking, admittance, and discounts in the cafe and the 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

 What an exciting time of the year for Gardeners:
     -  Plants are showing us why we have selected them to be in our gardens.
     -  Birds are becoming very active visitors to our gardens and beginning their families in
             gardens we had hoped would be attractive to them.
     -  Soon we will hope to see butterflies showing us that we made the right decisions in our 
             plant selections.

 Now we decide about the Garden Club that we choose to join.
      Are we looking for a Garden Club that --
        -  has all the answers for our Gardening questions,
        -  has a membership that agrees with what we have previously read and doesn’t question
                any new environmental issues,
        -  follows any directives that have been placed in our mailboxes as future customers?
     Do we look for a Garden Club that --
        -  continues to question all of the above,
        -  looks for members that are curious and questioning,
        -  includes members that welcome new ideas and new members?

        Welcome to the Lincolnshire Garden Club 2018-2019

Who is that in the Tunnel? 
    Moles, Voles Shrews and Chipmunks
     By Ellen Strauss

It is important to know which kind of creature you have tunneling in your garden or lawn, as some are beneficial to your garden.

Moles are 5-7 inches long, with large front paws used for digging. They are insectivores, and only prey on insects, earthworms, grubs and beetles. They cultivate and aerate the soil. They are solitary and rarely leave their tunnels. Their tunnels may slightly injure plants by drying out the roots. They are considered beneficial animals.

Shrews are smaller than Moles at 4-5 inches long, with pointy noses and small front feet. They too are insectivores, and prey on earthworms, grubs and other nuisance insects. Unlike Moles they may occasionally be seen running above ground.  They often use old Mole, Vole or Chipmunk tunnels. They also are considered beneficial to the garden.

Voles are rodents and related to mice, about the same size as Moles at 5-8 inches, and are herbivores, feeding on plants, bulbs, grasses and tubers. During the winter they may eat tree bark and roots. They construct tunnels and may use old Mole tunnels. Unlike Moles and Shrews, they are social and may be present in large numbers. They produce surface runways between burrow openings which are noticeable after the snow melts. They are considered a nuisance animal.

Chipmunks are rodents, omnivores, eating seeds, fungi, plants and bird eggs and nestlings. They have 2 litters producing 8-10 offspring each year. They usually live for about 3 years. Though they are a nuisance burrowing under sidewalks, driveways and even foundations, they also fulfill important functions in the forest ecosystems, since they harvest, hoard and disperse seeds and spores, and are prey for larger predators.  They have 2 types of burrows, shallow ones to seek refuge while foraging during the day; and deeper more complex burrows to store food, nest and spend the winter months in. Their burrows are very extensive and can be more than 11ft. in length.

Next time you see a small animal tunneling or burrowing. check out whether they can help or hurt your garden.

Sources: Roger S. Bolger, Horticulturalist


Recipes Worth Trying
shared with the Lincolnshire Garden Club 
Rhubarb Bread

2 1/2 cups flour                         2/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon baking soda           1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt                         1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups brown sugar            2 cups rhubarb, diced
1 egg                                        1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup sugar            1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Sift dry ingredients.  Stir in brown sugar. In bowl, beat egg, oil, vanilla and milk.  
Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in liquid mixture.
Stir just until blended.  Stir in rhubarb and pecans.
Pour into 2 greased bread pans.
Mix sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle half on each loaf.
Bake at 325 F for 60 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Remove from pan.