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Next  General Meeting  
December 19, 2019
Holiday Luncheon at the home of Jeanne Top


General Meeting: December 19, 2019

“Holiday Luncheon at the Home of Jeanne Top”

 14532 River Oaks, Lincolnshire

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Spend a lovely afternoon with fellow club members.  

No program or business will be conducted at this meeting - just socializing.  

Please RSVP via Punchbowl.

Please carpool with fellow garden club members.  For those who are driving, you may park in the Tamarak Day Camp gravel parking lot at 23970 N. Elm Road, Lincolnshire.  

Sign up for this luncheon is required.  

The Punchbowl invitation will be sent via email on December 2, 2019. 

Monarch Adventures by Marj Lundy

Several months ago, Judy Jenner’s friend Caryn Hollander and her husband visited Monarch butterfly wintering grounds in Mexico, seeing a truly spectacular sight.  They visited 2 of several public Monarch reserves in Angangueo where the numbers of butterflies are up 144% from last year, 15+ acres compared to 6.  Excellent news!

 Quoting from Caryn’s notes, “Monarchs make the remarkable journey from southern Canada and the US east of the Rockies, flying for over 2 months.  This generation can live 6-7 months with only one goal…migration.  Their only predators are two bird and one mouse species, the only creatures that can eat them without getting poisoned. 

On their winter roosting grounds, the Monarchs survive temperatures into the low 30’s as well as snowfalls at elevations of some 9000 feet.  They typically roost during the day in the trees, but if temperatures get too warm, they will take flight to cool off.  They drink water during this hibernation period and occasionally sip nectar.  A few were seen practicing mating with no success since reproductive systems are turned off in winter, and there’s no milkweed available for laying eggs.”

They’ll be migrating north soon with most seen here in late summer.

Thank You volunteers for cleaning up garden at Riverside Foundation
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 

Thank you, Lyn O'Halloran, Kathy Prince, JoAnn Schwarcz, Jeanne Top, and Meg Zimmermann the intrepid volunteers that cleaned up the Four Seasons Garden, in front of the Riverside Foundation.  Through your efforts the garden looks great, and there is plenty of room for plant donations from families of residents.
Everyone worked together to remove weeds and buckthorn, trim the crabapple trees and dodge and remove poison ivy. After we finished working we toured the grounds looking at past projects.
Paula the Activities Director thanked us for the help and LGC for continued support. Meg and I will submit a list of perennials and shrubs that would look good and thrive well in this area and a few other areas as well.
Thank you ladies for your generous gift of time and your talents.

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.
  LGC Annual Fundraiser

Proceeds have benefited these community organizations:
     Village of Lincolnshire             U of I  Master Gardeners
     Vernon Area Library                Lake Co. Forest Preserve
     Riverside Foundation              Green Youth Farms / Roberti House          
     Random Acts of Flowers         Women's Residential Services
     Lake Forest Open Lands         Dist. 103 Schools
     Vernon Township Gardens      Vernon Township Food Pantry

 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
Organic Herb and Vegetable Gardening   By Nancy Slatin

This spring I started my organic seedlings indoors and hoped to implement some companion planting practices I had shared in my article last October.  The outcome was mixed with both wins and lessons learned. Below are some helpful tips...

Seedling stress: 
Coir growing pellets are frequently recommended as a successful medium for seed growing.  I found the plants to be overly wet and quite difficult to transplant into larger pots once true leaves emerged.  Rich Tobias, Urban Agriculture Instructor at McHenry County College and owner of Evergreen Oasis Farm in Spring Grove recommends a seed starting mix.  Concerned that my tomatoes would be too leggy, I put off planting day until late March.  Even with the rainy spring postponing installation till the final days of May, I had started too late.
  • Lesson Learned – Plant seedlings on March 1st  and use an organic seed starting mix. Plant two to three seeds in 3” pots, leaving the healthiest seedling and cutting the weaker seedlings with scissors. I will transplant just once – into the planting bed.
Repelling with Smell:
Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening recommends the planting of green onion, leek and blood meal to deter rabbits; alyssum next to lettuces, dill flower to attract beneficial insects; basil and onions among tomatoes to deter tomato hornworm; mint in pots to discourage aphids; catnip by eggplant to discourage flea beetles; radishes or nasturtiums with cucumbers to control cucumber beetles and borage with tomatoes and cucumbers to repel pests and attract pollinators.

  • Win – In my unfenced tomato and herb garden (left), the combination of a heavy marigold and onion planting along with a weekly spray of Liquid Fence kept deer, squirrels and rabbits at bay. The active ingredients in Liquid Fence are egg solids, garlic and thyme. I harvested tomatoes as they began to ripen so as not to tempt fate or nature.
  • Win – My backyard vegetable garden (below) realized success from the companion planting of alyssum, dill, basil, radish, nasturtium, borage, and in containers, mint and catnip. I fertilized monthly with blood meal, applying it around the drip line of each plant.
Critical Pollinators:
After hearing an inspiring presentation on Pollinator Pockets by LGC Member and Master Gardener Linda Mackey at our September 2018 meeting, I planted a small pocket adjacent to my backyard vegetable garden.  The importance of pollinators
was realized in July when due to a lack of natural pollinators, hand pollination was required to grow zucchini, cucumber, summer and winter squash.
  • Lesson Learned - I will be adding milkweed seeds this fall and expanding the pollinator pocket to include more native plants to attract more flying pollinators in 2020.
Garden Planning Software:
Garden planning software simplified the layout of my gardens and prevented me from planting too densely. To the left is my pollinator pocket plan. Plans can be saved from year to year thus simplifying recommended crop rotation in vegetable beds. As I look back on the summer, companion planting helped keep pests at bay and led to a delicious bounty shared with family, friends and neighbors.  A warm summer and fall enabled me to grow tomatoes into October and produce several batches of tomato sauce 
we will enjoy over the coming months.

Planning for 2020 starts now!