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General Membership Meeting - Thursday, October 20, 2016
"The Use and Design of a Native Landscape in a Suburban Environment"  Presented by P. Clifford Miller from Mariani's Landscape

A year ago July, several of our Garden Club members had the opportunity to tour Old Mill Farm in Lake Forest, owned by Frank Mariani of Mariani Landscape.  In 1934, Jens Jensen, a world renowned landscape architect, designed the original master plan for the land.  The residence, a 1929 English Tudor house and property, has been fully restored mirroring Jensen’s conviction that landscape architecture was more than a profession, it was a way to help mankind connect with nature’s renewing powers.  Jensen, also a conservationist, planted or preserved native, indigenous species having “intimate association with each other”.

Mariani Landscape was founded by Vito Mariani, who came to America from Italy in 1954.  The company began modestly, providing garden maintenance services along Chicago’s North Shore.  Led by his son Frank, Mariani expanded into the landscape architecture arena in the 1970s.  A philosophy engrained in Mariani’s founding principles and grounded in Jens Jensen’s own words:  Every plant has fitness and must be placed in its proper surroundings so as to bring out its full beauty.  Therein lies the art of landscaping.

On Thursday, Oct. 20th, Mariani’s renowned Native Design specialist P. Clifford Miller will speak about
“The Use and Design of a Native Landscape in a Suburban Environment”.  Join us and learn some design approaches to your own corner of suburbia!

Meeting Details:
Continental Breakfast -- 9:30 am
Business Meeting --9:45 am
Program -- 10:30 am

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

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.

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Message from the President
. . .  Joan Keyes
What a very busy fall we have had. The Monarch Butterfly Way Station Committee has been hard at work and will present the program to the Lincolnshire Village  Board on Monday , Oct 24 at 7:00 at the Village Hall.  We hope to see many of our members in attendance so our Mayor and Trustees will see how important this is, not only to our club, but to our environment .

We also are excited to have our first Weed and Wine of the season at the home of Rosanne Barrett on Friday, October 21 at 2:00.  What a wonderful opportunity to work, learn and share with each other. If you did not receive the email from Ann and Jeanne, please contact me for the address and directions.

Take a minute to enjoy the colors and activities of our fall season.

2015 Annual Garden Walk and Picnic - June 18, 2015

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

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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.