February General Membership Meeting
Thursday, February 16, 2017
"Open Lands Restoration" by John Sentell
“We will be known forever by the
tracks we leave”
a sculpture by Alan Houser at the entrance to the 50-acre Mellody Farm Nature
Preserve (located at Waukegan & Deerpath Roads). This is one of the many properties restored
and managed by the Lake Forest Open Lands Association. Take a walk along the Middlefork River
through prairies and a large oak savanna – enjoy and treasure the legacy of our
Lake Forest Open
Lands Association President & CEO, John Sentell, will share news of
the associations’ 50th Anniversary and its many
accomplishments. He will also discuss
restoration of the McCormick Ravine, a recently purchased 61-acre parcel with
600 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Time: 9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast (bring your own beverage; tap water available)
9:45 a.m. –
10:30 a.m. –
Where: Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection Station
671 Woodlands Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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.
NOTE: As has become our tradition at the February meeting, we will collect food and paper goods for the Vernon Township Food Pantry.
Click on Vernon Township Food Pantry for a list of items the pantry needs.
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: https://www.good.is/slideshows/nasa-gets-terrestrial
Indoor plant list – Here is a list of plants and pollutants that they remove, includes whether they are poisonous to pets: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Clean_Air_Study
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 go
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Message from the President
. . . Joan Keyes
Somehow you can feel it in the air—if you try real hard. We’re getting closer to Spring! I’ve noticed buds swelling on some of my early blooming trees and shrubs. Some people have begun to notice their Helleborus blooming, but I”m not one of the lucky ones Hhowever, I do check every few days.
You can also sense this in the energy of the Garden Club. Some of us will be involved in the Exploring the Arts at Sprague School on Feb 16 right after the meeting. We will be introducing K-2nd graders to cut flowers and they will be working on their own floral arrangement. Watch for the pictures.
And of course, we’re getting closer and closer to our Boutique on Friday May,5th at the Lincolnshire Swim Club. The plants that I have been rooting over the winter are ready to be put into pots for the Plant Sale part of the Boutique.
Please remember your donations for the food pantry in Vernon Hills to our meeting this month. Our annual event ”From our Hearts to your Hearts” has continued to be much appreciated by our township. A LGC member will have the trunk of her car open in the parking lot so it couldn’t be easier.
See you at the meeting.
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
(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