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  LGC General Meeting
 Thursday  Sept. 20, 2018   9:30 AM               Guests are always welcome!

“POLLINATOR POCKETS:  Creating a Pollinator’s Environment”  

Linda Mackey, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener  

Our native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators are under threat from a variety of stress factors and their populations are declining. Learn pollinators' importance in our ecosystem, their habits, their likes and dislikes, and how to provide an environment with food, water, shelter and a nice place to raise the kids. Come and discover how a little effort can go a long way for pollinators and our ecosystem, yet provide you with beauty and enjoyment.
Includes: plant list, layout diagrams and a garden registration form.

    Time:         9:30 am  Continental Breakfast

                      9:45 am  Business Meeting
                    10:30 am  Speaker

    Where:    Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Station #53
                    671 Woodlands Parkway
                    Vernon Hills,  IL  60061
                        (Milwaukee Ave & Corporate Woods Pkwy,
                         across from Half Day Woods entrance)

    Parking:    In front and back of the fire station or at Extended Stay America.

    Beverages:   Bring your own drink;  cups & tap water are available.
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
. . .  Jan Stefans

Welcome back to another fun filled year!

Bring on those fall plantings--mums, asters, cabbages, ornamental peppers and kale--it is time to change up the color palette.  Then add pumpkins and gourds in shades of orange, yellow, green, grey and white to the mix to refresh your gardens.  What a wonderful time of the year.  Also, fall is the time to divide and share your bounty.  Please consider putting perennials aside for our May Plant Sale.

Kay Siess, our Program Chair, has once again scheduled a wide variety of speakers.  Our favorite nursery woman, Kim Hartmann, will be back from Countryside Gardens; Tim Joyce from Wild Birds Unlimited will share with us how to feed the birds instead of the squirrels; and our very own Linda Lutz will be back to do the evergreen workshops to  create our own wreaths or winter planters.  Linda Mackey, our Corresponding Secretary will lead us off representing the University of Illinois Master Gardeners.

If you haven’t had the opportunity in the past to join one of our committees please consider it for this year.  At September’s General Meeting, I will introduce our Committee Chairs so you can talk directly to them regarding a volunteer position.  Our strength as a club comes from our varied activities and our members involvement.

Remember, keep those hands dirty,  Jan

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.

Molesare 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.