The Lincolnshire Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.
For more information, contact
   General Membership Meeting  
   Thurs. Oct. 19, 2017  9:30 AM
Mike Nowak
“Everything You Know About Gardening Is Wrong:
    Myths, Misinformation and Well-Meant but Inaccurate Advice from Mom, the Intertubes and Beyond” 
    by Mike Nowak

Gardeners are generally trusting souls… which can sometimes land them in a heap of trouble. For instance, a neighbor offers you a plant and says, “You’ll really like this.” When the plant covers your garage and holds your dog hostage, you wonder if it was such a good idea. Mike walks his audience through some common misconceptions about plants, gardening remedies and even insects and why you need to check your sources before you grab your shovel. If you don’t laugh at least once during his presentation, it’s because the surgeon accidentally removed your humor instead of your humerus. (You’d be surprised how often that happens.)

2017 marks 20 years that Mike Nowak has spent talking about gardening, the environment and green living on Chicago radio. In January, The Mike Nowak Show moved to 1590AM WCGO, where it airs on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon. Previously, Mike hosted programs on WGN Radio, WCPT 820AM and Que4 Radio. For two seasons, he was co-host of the local gardening and food TV program Dig In Chicago. His award-winning column has appeared on the inside back page of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine since 2003. In 2014, Around the Block Press published his first book, Attack of the Killer Asparagus and Other Lessons Not Learned in the Garden. Mike co-founded the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA) and served as MELA’s president for four years. He is an Illinois Master Gardener and Openlands TreeKeeper, a current board member of the Illinois Recycling Associationand past president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, where he served on the board for more than a decade.

Time:    9:30 Continental Breakfast
    10:00 Business Meeting
    10:30 Speaker

Where: Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Station #53
                671 Woodlands Parkway
                Vernon Hills,  IL  60061
                 (turn at Milwaukee Ave & Corporate Woods Parkway)

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 west of the fire station.

Beverages: Bring your own beverage of choice; cups & tap water will be available.

   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.

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 hasn’t been the October that I treasure..Cool crisp air, leaves turning the lovely yellow and russet colors, but I must admit that the asters are very lovely. Displays of pumpkins, gourds and mums do help us get into the mood for our Fall season.

Our October speaker, Mike Nowak, will be just what is needed to introduce some humor into our gardening spirits and you will not want to miss this program.

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 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.