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  November Happenings:
    Wed.  Nov. 14th  7:00 pm - Wreath Workshop
    Thur.  Nov. 15th  9:30 am - Wreath Workshop & General Meeting

Linda Lutz, a LGC member, will again lead us in these wreath making workshops.  Designing and making a wreath is a skill you’ll be able to use now and throughout the year. We will be working from a wire frame using a variety of seasonal greens. You’ll need pruners to trim the greens down to a manageable size when wired to the frame. Bring your ribbon and we’ll help you create a great bow! If you don’t have a spot for a wreath, bring a planter/container to create an arrangement for inside or outside. As part of our club’s community beautification mission, we will be making six wreaths for the village’s welcome sign-posts. Come join us!   
Guests are welcome to attend.
        Members - no charge
        Guests - $25 (check or chast at the event.   
RSVP by Sat Nov.10th via Punchbowl invitations (one for each date) emailed to all active members.
Choose one of these two workshop dates: 
Wed.   Nov. 14th  7:00 PM - Workshop Only
Thur.   Nov. 15th  9:30 AM - Workshop & General Meeting

• Hand pruners for cutting greens (put your name on them)
• #26 gauge florist wire (Michaels and Joanne’s carry these; 5 inch wide paddles;~$3 for 4oz)
 Wire cutters if available
• Garden gloves
• A small tarp / plastic table cloth to keep your floor area clean.
• Ribbon (12-15 feet for bows)
• Decorations (pinecones, dried flowers, seed pods, berries, specialty greens, ornaments, etc.)
• Container pre-filled with dirt/foam (if not making a wreath)

• Wire wreath frame (various sizes)
• Live greens and some pine cones

• Wear casual clothes or bring an apron
• We need low-cost or no-cost sources of evergreens; if you know of any or will be pruning your evergreens around the time of the workshop, kindly let Linda Lutz know.

WHERE:    Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Station #53
                   671 Woodlands Parkway
                   Vernon Hills,  IL  60061
                        (Milwaukee Ave & Corporate Woods Pkwy,
                         across from Half Day Woods entrance)

Parking:  In front or back of the firestation or at Extended Stay America (south of the firestation).

Beverages:  Bring your own drink;  cups & tap water are available.

Last Month:  Birding 101
                      Tim Joyce, Wild Bird Unlimited   1460 Waukegan Rd.  Glenview, IL 

Tim Joyce provided extensive information about birds' nesting habits and feeding preferences.  Our members gave a unanimous, enthusiastic response to this fabulous speaker.  Even the more experienced "birders" learned something new.

Now we know how to keep the pesky squirrels out of our feeders.

Thanks Tim - you're always welcome to join us!!
Thank You Volunteers for Planting Bulbs at Riverside Foundation
Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Many thanks to the ladies that came to plant bulbs!!

Sharon Adilman, Mary Ainger, Marla Baskin, Kathy Boss, Blanca Bugler, Laura Chilis, Trish Hughes, Judy Jenner, Dana Kuchel, Kay Siess, Nancy Slatin, Jan Stefans, Linda Taylor, and Meg Zimmermann all came out to help plant 425 bulbs!!

It was great to see everyone out there dedicating their valuable time for Garden Therapy. They quickly finished their task and took a tour of the grounds looking at former LGC projects.  The viburnum, shasta doublefile was in its autumn glory and the Daphne xburkwoodii 'Carol Mackie' was brightening a part of the garden with it's variegated leaves. Thank you again.

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 2018-2019 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 garden should contact our Club President.  The card provides free parking, admittance, and discounts in the cafe and the Gift Shop.

In addition, if you choose to purchase your own membership,
mention that you are a Lincolnshire Garden Club Member and save.
Message from the President
. . .  Jan Stefans
Do not fear houseplants!

Here are a few tips on keeping your special annuals alive through the winter months so you can bring them out to your summer garden where they will multiply and you can divide.

- Definitely use an insecticidal soap on your plants before bringing them into the house.
- Just as you harden off plants to bring outside you need to do the reverse when 
  bringing them indoors by gradually introducing them to your house light and 
- Do not over water your plants during the winter months.  My philosophy is if the plant 
  lives in my house it will only be watered once a week.
- Do not place any plants under a halogen light source they will burn.
- Do not feed plants until late March/early April.

Of all my varieties of Begonias, except Rex, which I am unsuccessful keeping alive indoors, I plant in clay pots and place them in an indirect light source.  The Hoya, a hanging plant, does really well with not much light and watering only 1-2 times a month.

Sharon Adilman and Meg Zimmerman know the ins and outs of the Aloe plant.  Eve Jacobs has mastered the succulent varieties.  And see Shirley Hays when you need advice on all things African Violet.

Remember, houseplants keep your hands dirty during the winter months...Jan

A Simple Bit of Latin     By Ellen Strauss

As you might already know, Latin can be quite useful to gardeners.  Plants have two Latin names, called Botanical Nomenclature, even though many gardeners use the common names for their plants…The first part of the name is the genus to which it belongs.  An example, the genus of Coneflower is  Echinacea. The second name is the “specific epithet” which modifies the first name…in other words, it might tell the color, the location where it was found , the size, or sometimes the person who discovered it, etc.  So Echinacea purpura will be the genus Echinacea and the color of the native plant was purple. The first name is always capitalized and the second is always small letters. The name is either underlined or italicized. Together they form the species.

The name of the variety /or cultivar will be in single quotes ie. Achillea millefolium ‘Summerwine’. ’The common name Yarrow may be in enclosed in brackets.

When you go into a nursery to buy your plants, almost all nurseries will stock the plant according to the Latin name…not the common name.  So under the letter “A”, will be Achillea, even though you call it Yarrow.  It helps to know the Latin names so that you can go straight to the section where your plant is, instead of searching thru all the aisles. The catalogues will also list according to the Latin name.

A few specific epithets (modifiers) you might see are: alba (white), coccineus (red), aureus (gold), niger (black), cyanea (blue), humilis (low), sinensis (Chinese), mollis (soft hairs), pumulis (drawf), vulgaris (common)and repens (creeping), folius (leaves), florus (flowers), cautis (stem)

This amazing standardization called Binomial Nomenclature for plants, animals and minerals, was created by Carl Linnaeus in the 1750’s, and has been used by scientists and gardeners ever since.

Reference:” Gardener’s Latin” by Bill Neal
Success with Companion Planting   By Nancy Slatin

Vegetable gardening is a joyful activity when I can share my freshly grown bounty with family, friends and neighbors.  By employing several companion planting tips this summer, I realized greater production from my vegetable plots.  Modern research substantiates the effectiveness of some companion plants in repelling pests or attracting pest predators and parasites.  Evidence from scientific studies and gardeners’ experimentation indicates several possible ways in which companion planting works. 

·       Masking or hiding a crop from pests

·       Producing odors that confuse or deter pests

·       Serving as trap crops that draw pest insects away from other plants

·       Acting as ‘nurse plants’ that provide breeding grounds for beneficial insects

·       Providing food to sustain beneficial insects as they search for pests

·       Creating a habitat for beneficial insects

Repel with Smell

Popular plant choices for repelling or masking fragrances include the following:

Marigolds – Strongly scented cultivars such as French marigold (Tagetes patula) are helpful when planted thickly in a vegetable garden.

Mints – Cabbage pests and aphids dislike peppermint and other members of this family.  Since mints are aggressive growers, set potted mints around your garden. 

Sweet Basil – Interplant in vegetable or flower gardens, or chop and scatter the leaves to repel aphids, mosquitoes, and mites. 

Top Ten Tips

The following tips on deterring pests were gleaned from several lectures on best practices in the vegetable garden and from Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. 

·       Green onion and leek will keep rabbits away.

·       Blood meal keeps rabbits from garden by top dressing around plants and around beds.

·       Alyssum, when planted next to lettuces, keeps aphids away. 

·       Ground cinnamon keeps ants away.

·       Dill flower clusters attract beneficial insects.

·       Basil and/or onions among tomatoes deters tomato hornworm.

·       Catnip grown by eggplant discourages flea beetles. 

·       Onions grown in rows with carrots impedes rust flies and some nematodes.

·       Radishes or nasturtiums grown with cucumbers control cucumber beetles.

·       Borage grown with tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries repels pests and attracts beneficial insects. 

If you have been challenged by pests this summer, you may want to try one or more of these tips when planning next year’s vegetable garden.  Happy growing!


Nancy Slatin and her husband Alan reside on Fox Trail and have been Lincolnshire residents since 2006.  She is a Master Gardener, active golfer, aspiring pastry chef and former Private Club General Manager.   As a new Lincolnshire Garden Club member, she looks forward to learning from other gardeners and making new friends.