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Thursday, September 15, 2016, Meeting Begins at 9:30 AM
Lincolnshire Monarch Waystation, presented by the Monarch Committee

Your Lincolnshire Garden Club Monarch Committee will discuss how to build a butterfly habitat in your own backyard.  You'll learn about the plight of the Monarch, their migration, how to identify various butterflies.  In addition, the caterpillar/butterfly life cycle will be discussed to enable selecting plants for food and shelter and host plants for caterpillars.

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

SWALCO Announcements

SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) has several events during the month of September.  On Saturday, September 10th and Monday, September 26th, the SWALCO facility in Gurnee, IL will collect household chemicals.  Appointments are required.  On Saturday, September 17th from 8:00 am-2:30 pm, SWALCO's mobile unit will be at the Lake Forest Municipal Services Center. 

For information on these events, consult SWALCO's website at

The Garden Conservancy 2016 Open Days - Last Day September 18

The Garden Conservancy's mission is "the saving and sharing of outstanding American gardens.  Every two years, the conservancy host garden walks across the country throughout the growing season.   Many of the gardens on the walks are only open to the public for these biannual events.  The conservancy has announced this year's schedule and the Chicago area is one of the few areas to have multiple dates:

North Shore area:  May 1, June 26, July 17 and September 18
West Chicago:  August 7

Each garden charges an entrance fee (typically $7 per person), payable by cash or check .  Discount tickets and additional information can be found at The Garden Conservancy website.

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
Welcome to our 2016-2017 Garden Club year.

This summer brought many things our way--well, lots of rain for sure. There were workshops for our May 5th 2017 Boutique and a wonderful garden walk in Lake Zurich followed by a lunch at the Long Grove Village Tavern.

On August 3rd, there was an Open House at the Roberti Community House in Waukegan for the Jr. Green Youth Farm. What a delightful experience that was. Picture 15 six-eight year olds proudly showing their wonderful gardens. Raised beds exploding with peppers, egg plants, beans and lettuce-this under the tutelage of the Master Gardner's of the University of Illinois Extension. Their apricot tree had a bountiful harvest and the resulting Apricot jam was delicious. They had a lovely table filled with samples prepared in their kitchen with the help of a dietician ( a volunteer for St. Pat's Church in Lake Forest.) Yes, the zucchini bread was made with whole wheat flour. I felt very happy to see how wisely our Allocation money was put to use.

Our Lincolnshire Monarch Waystation committee was hard at work so come to our Sept. meeting when they will be introduced and will present their wonderful findings to us.

Our yearbook is filled with our exciting programs thanks to Kay Siess,so fill in your personal calendars with all these dates..Enrich your life as we continue to share our love of gardening and our environment with others.

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

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.