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   General Membership Meeting  
   Thurs. Sept. 21, 2017  9:30 AM
  "Pioneer Gardens" by Nancy Schumm
Nancy Schumm, author of numerous publications including “Pioneer Gardens of the Midwest”, is an award winning photographer and exhibitor, environmentalist, and history writer, published in the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, and Pioneer Press.  
Learn the history of pioneer gardens where the knowledge of plants was 'woman's business' in the early settlement days of this country and pioneer women knew everything about garden flowers and passed it on.  
The presentation explores the history of the kitchen garden, wild                gardens, and formal gardens of the pioneer home.

    Time:   9:30 Continental Breakfast
                10:00 Business Meeting
                10:30 Speaker
    Where:   Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Station #53
                       671 Woodlands Parkway  (at Milwaukee Ave & Corporate Woods Parkway)
                       Vernon Hills,  IL  60061
    Parking:   In the front and back lots of the fire station or in the Extended Stay America parking lot 
                     next door.  Please do not park in the medical office lot to the west of the fire station.
    Beverages:  Bring your own beverage of choice; cups & tap water will be available.

Junior Green Youth Farm Open House - Well Attended
Wed. Aug. 2, 2017  

The open house was attended by five LGC Board Members; our newest member, Liz VanLieshaut; and Roberti House volunteer and LGC member, Jan Shapiro.
Maribeth Roberti gave a guided tour of the house and gardens and an introduction to many of its amazing staff and students.

  The Roberti Community House
  919 8th Street,  Waukegan, IL  60085

LGC has supported the Green Youth Farm with grants for the last 3 years. 

A fantastic group of students worked at the center this summer and were eager to display the fruits of their labor.  Summer rains yielded a bumper crop of wonderful produce for everyone to enjoy.

   Field Trip -  Thornwood Garden Walk
   Aug. 24, 2017
Thirty of our members enjoyed a guided tour of Cliff Miller's "Thornwood" 
gardens which included sunny lawns, shade gardens, formal rose garden, 
a working garden, and a native forested glen. Miller, a renowned landscape designer, provided an abundance of information about his plantings along 
with many gardening tips.

A luncheon followed at Lake Forest's Market House on the Square.

Watch this site for future Field Trips.
How to Make a Bee Bath
Source Experience Life Magazine - Plant Education


You’ll make a splash with local pollinators by placing this watering hole in your garden. As a gardener, someone who eats food, and an environmentalist, I’ve been following the news about the honeybee decline very closely.

These little creatures are under threat from the four “Ps”: parasites, pathogens, poor nutrition, and pesticide exposure. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating three-fourths of the foods we eat — like nuts, vegetables, herbs, and fruits. That amounts to about one in three mouthfuls of our diet!
Photograph by John Mowers

But honeybees are just one species being impacted. There are about 4,000 native bee species living in our cities, farms, and forests. Since honeybees don’t pollinate tomato or eggplant flowers and many native plants — such as blueberries and cranberries — these species play a pivotal role in pollination, too.

So while scientists are working to pinpoint the cause of colony collapse disorder and governments and nonprofits are taking steps to combat monarch butterfly and other wildlife habitat loss, there’s plenty you can do to help. You can buy organic food, stop using herbicides and pesticides in your yard, and place pollinator-friendly plants in your home landscape.

In addition to proper plant nutrition, bees and other beneficial insects — like butterflies, ladybugs, and predatory wasps — need fresh water to drink. Most can’t land in a bird bath, but creating an oasis for them is simple:

    1. Get a shallow dish — like a terracotta pot saucer.
    2. Collect some small rocks to add to it. These create islands for pollinators to land on while they drink.
    3. Place it at ground level in your garden wherever you see pollinators eating or where “problem plants” — like those that                 attract aphids — are growing.
    4. Fill daily with just enough fresh water that will evaporate by the end of the day.

 Finally, enjoy watching this new hive of activity. It’s sure to be the bee’s knees. 

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 2017-18 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 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.

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


This is our 60th year and what a wonderful 60 years it has been.

We have continued to support our mission statement of 1958 and have made some wonderful enhancements to it, thanks to our dedicated, creative, and enthusiastic members.

Our garden club year is about to begin and what a year has been planned for us.
You will receive your year book at our first meeting on Sept  21 and wait until you see all the interesting programs that have been planned.

Now I plan to walk in Spring Lake Park to observe the approaching Fall and some of the work of the Garden Club starting with the Blue Star Memorial garden, the first project of the Club in 1958 and restored in 1990.

Joan Keyes President

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

Recipes Worth Trying
shared with the Lincolnshire Garden Club
Spiced Cranberries (served at the Holiday Luncheon)

 1 bag cranberries
1 cup seedless raisins
1 cup hot water
1 cup sugar
4 tsp vinegar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Boil all together about 10 min.
Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts