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April General Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 20, 2017
"Made in the Shade"

“Shade Gardening 101" is a seminar designed by Gail Abbott.   Gail has been at Red’s Garden Center for 14 years and received her Master Gardener Certification in 2006.

Gardening in the shade can be a challenge.  This seminar will provide you with information about the best choices for certain types of shade, various soil conditions, and ideas on what you can do to beautify those areas where nothing seems to grow. With some simple design techniques and great plants, you can transform any shady area into a showcase.

While Gail won’t be able to join us, her program will be presented by LGC members, followed by a Q&A session.  A comprehensive handout will be available.   A panel comprised of LGC’s own certified Master Gardeners and accomplished passionate gardeners will motivate and inspire you to want to go out and dig!

Time:   9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast (bring your own beverage; tap water available)
             9:45 a.m. – Business Meeting
             10:30 a.m. – Program

Where:  Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection Station District 53 
                671 Woodlands Parkway
                Vernon Hills, IL 60061
                (847) 634-2512

Parking:  In front and back parking lots of the fire station or in the parking lot of the Extended Stay America hotel next door.  Please do not park in the medical office lot to the west of the fire station.

The Benefits of Indoor Plants
by Kathleen Abdo, Plant Education

While we are spending the winter indoors, consider how our indoor air quality affects our health. Having stagnant air in our homes allows pollutants to buildup.  NASA studied ways to clean the air in space stations and found common house plants are very efficient in cleaning common toxins in air.  Indoor toxins include carbon dioxide, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and ammonia,  These toxins are given off by items around the house or space station.  Plants purify air by photosynthesis and microbes in the soil.  NASA calls plants “nature’s life support system."

Other studies have shown that people feel better having plants in their environment.  For example, green plants produce a positive attitude and lower blood pressure. One can say that plants make people smarter by helping them stay alert and reduce mental fatigue. A few beneficial plants to have around the house are Poinsettia, Spider Plant, Ficus, Garden Mum, Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Snake Plant, Bamboo Palm, and Aloe Vera.  While it’s dreary outside brighten your home and improve air quality with plants.

References for more information:

Common chemicals found indoors:

Indoor plant list – Here is a list of plants and pollutants that they remove, includes whether they are poisonous to pets:

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

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

One of my favorite April sayings  is by Ralph Waldo Emerson

                Earth laughs in flowers

I must say that this thought did not greet me this morning. My yard was filled with two days of rain and a pair of Mallard Ducks had taken up residency in the “pond” in my little woods.

I can only say that My earth only had a few giggles, but there they were !

Lovely blue Silla, some remaining “Snow Drops” (Galanthus), Purple Crocus, Striped Squill (Puschkinia)  Purple and white Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis )

It’s time to keep our eyes open, be patient, and very soon “The Earth WILL  laugh in Flowers.


Lincolnshire Garden Club Boutique and Plant Sale
Friday May, 5th  12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
Lincolnshire Swim Club, Yorkshire and Riverwoods Rds., Lincolnshire

The LGC Boutique and Plant Sale is fast approaching.  Handcrafted  items made by our members and perennials and houseplants will be available for purchase. Please get the word out to family and friends about our only fundraiser of the year to help us continue our tradition of community service.  Cash or check is our preferred payment for faster check out. 

Questions please contact Jan Stefans 847-945-6575 or e-mail Looking forward to seeing you at the Swim Club,  Jan

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