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 General Meeting
 Thurs. April 19, 2018  9:30 am     

“Ryerson Woods - History & Development”  
                by Ann Gusfield      
Learn about the history and development of the Ryerson Woods Conservation Area and such topics as creating bioswales, use of permeable asphalt, and the Brushwood Education Center.  Ann Gusfield, a former long-time resident of Lincolnshire, now resides in Lake Zurich where she has a small landscape design and installation business - Earth & Sun Gardening.  Ann holds an Associates degree in Landscape Design and has a background in medical monitoring and writing and was a medical librarian, 
   But now Nature has become her second career. 
  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.
                    Guest speaker in 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.

 Plant Sale
 Sat. May 5, 2018  

        Lincolnshire Garden Club Plant Sale    
            Saturday  May 5th   9 am - 3 pm
                Lincolnshire Swim Club
            Yorkshire & Riverwoods Roads
                       Lincolnshire, IL    
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

April’s rare capricious loveliness.  -  Julie Dorr

No matter what the reason, this is the season, that I must walk around my yard for a Garden check . Well, it’s still brown and crunchy, but  I look carefully.. Snow Drops (Galanthus) bravely blooming . Blue Scilla is just beginning to send up it’s brave little leaves. My shady yard is so reluctant to share all the lovely flowers still in slumber. It has taught me patience.
There under my patio chairs are all the pots of grocery store Primrose plants which gave so much color to my kitchen window sills, now so sorry looking, but I will find a spot to plant them as soon as the soil warms up a bit.

And, as soon as my garden realizes that it is Spring, I will find plants to divide and share with our May 5th Plant sale. This is an event you will not want to miss—Save the date - May 5th  9:00-3:00 at the Lincolnshire Swim Club.

I, in the mean time, will walk in my garden, listen to all the lovely bird songs, and enjoy all the scents and songs of spring.

Joan Keyes
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 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.