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November General Membership Meeting
"Holiday Wreath Making Workshop" by Linda Lutz, LGC Member
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:00 pm - Workshop Only
Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:30 am - Workshop and Meeting

Linda Lutz, LGC member, will lead this popular workshop twice so that everyone has a chance to attend.  Making a wreath is a skill you'll be able to utilize next year and throughout the year.  You'll be creating your best wreath ever!

Space is limited and registration is required for this event (email Kay Siess, VP Programs,, so that we have enough supplies.
    •    Members have exclusive registration until November 9th (no cost to members).
    •    After November 9th, registration will be open to guests (for a $25 fee). 
    •    All registration closes November 14th.

We will be using a wire frame and creating a wreath using a variety of seasonal greens.  You’ll need pruners to cut the greens down to a manageable size when wired to the frame.  Bring your ribbon and we'll help you create a great bow.  If you don't have room for a wreath, an option is to bring a planter/container and create a container arrangement for inside or outside.

Hand pruners (put your name on them)
•    #26 gauge florist wire (Michael’s and JoAnne’s carry these; 5 inch long paddles are easiest to handle - you won’t use all of it so partial paddles are fine)
•    Garden gloves
•    A small tarp/plastic to keep your floor area clean
•    Ribbon (12-15 feet for bows)
•    Scissors to cut your ribbon
•    Wreath decorations (i.e. pine cones, dried flowers, berries, ornaments, etc.)

Wire wreath frame (variety of sizes)
•    Live greens and some pine cones

Wear casual clothes or bring an apron - sap can be sticky and get all over a nice outfit.
•    We are looking for low to no-cost sources of evergreens, if you know of any or will be
    pruning about the time of the workshop kindly let Linda Lutz know.
Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection Station District 53
    Click here for a map
    671 Woodlands Parkway
    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
    (847) 634-2512 

Parking: In the front and back parking lots of the fire station. Carpooling is highly recommends as parking space is limited.

Time Wednesday:    7:00 p.m. – Hands-on Workshop


Time Thursday:     9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
                                9:45 a.m. – Business Meeting
                               10:30 a.m. – Program: Hands-on-Workshop

For Directions Click Location:

Location -- Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Station
                 671 Woodlands Parkway
                 Vernon Hills, IL  60061

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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 2015 LGC Membership Application

New Bug in Town - Viburnum Leaf Beetle
Chicago Tribune, June 2015

Viburnum, showy and fragrant bushes that are in many local gardens now have a new enemy.  The Viburnum Leaf Beetle, first identified in the United States in 1994 has made its way to the Midwest and, as of 2009 has taken up permanent residency in Illinois.

After the larval stage, the beetles feed on the leaves of viburnum plants.  If left untreated for several years, the beetles can kill viburnum plants. (Chicago Botanic Garden)   Click here to read more about this unwanted vermin.

From Our Past Newsletters
Historical club info dating back from 2007-2013
Click here to view current and past Newsletters.

Going Green  We have great environmentally-friendly resources for you.

Recent articles from our very own members.

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

Ahh Fall --the time of seasonal transitions. Time to put our gardens to bed and what a good time to make a list of plants you will want to introduce into your gardens next year.  But first plant those fall bulbs now so you will have something to watch for next spring. The 'minor bulbs' are a wonderful choice and one of my favorites ( after Elaine's "Snow drops" (Galanthus) is Chionodoxa "Glory of the Snow" . Just think, only 5 months until you will see their lovely bloom in April.

A tip--if you are purchasing "sale" bulbs now, be sure that they are firm (not soft) to the touch.

Can't wait until our Nov 16 & 17 as our very talented member, Linda Lutz will instruct us in creating our winter wreaths.

See you at the meeting.

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

Pictures from Other LGC Events
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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.

Recipes Worth Trying
shared with the Lincolnshire Garden Club
Many people raved about Kathy Healan, decadent and yummy Monkey Bread served at our October meeting.  Here is the recipe:

Monkey Bread

3 cans Pillsbury Junior Grands biscuits (12 oz cans)
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
10 T butter
1/4 cup brown sugar

Butter and flour a bundt pan.

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag.  Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces and place them in the plastic bag and shake to coat with cinnamon sugar.  (Do about 1/2 can at a time).  Place the coated biscuits evenly in the bundt pan.  After all the biscuit pieces are in the pan, press the dough lightly.

Melt the butter and add the brown sugar.  Mix well and then add the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture to the butter.  Spread the butter mixture evenly over the dough.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. 

After baking, invert the pan onto a large platter and tap lightly.  Leave the pan in place for at least 10 minutes then tap again and remove the pan.