The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
April 2011

General Meeting and Program

Thursday, April 21, 2011

“Backyard Birds and Tweeter Feeder Workshop

LGC Member Rick Sanders

Our April meeting will feature our own Rick Sanders (Webmaster and photographer) as he speaks about one of his passions - birds.

The presentation will focus on:

·      What types of birds might you see right here in Lincolnshire in your own back yard.

·      What should you feed the birds and what can you plant to attract them to your yard.

·      How can you make attractive, simple feeders for your feathered friends?

·      Hands On "Tweeter Feeder" Workshop.

In our "Tweeter Feeder" Workshop, we will be constructing a simple platform feeder that uses an old picture frame. So look around for any old frames, thick ones and oval ones are particularly good, and bring them to the meeting. We will be providing the essential construction supplies like screening, wire, staplers, eyelets, etc.

This promises to be both a fun and educational experience - - you know Rick!

Date:          Thursday, April 21, 2011

Time:         Business meeting 9:30am – 10:15am, Program 10:30am – 11:30am

Location:    Vernon Area Public Library 300 Olde Half Day, Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Message from our President, Jan Stefans

April has come, the pansies have arrived, and I am overwhelmed with all that has to be done in the garden!  Attired in my holey jeans, my son's rubber boots, and my husband's cast off fleece jacket I attack my garden chores with a smile on my face---I do know what's coming.

Once again a Garden Club member has stepped up to the plate to present a program for our education and entertainment.  April's meeting finds Rick Sanders presenting the "Tweeter Feeder" workshop.  I am looking forward to seeing you there.

                                                           Remember, there's magic in the dirt!

Benefit News

Our Annual Benefit is fast approaching.  It will be Friday, May 6th at 7:00 pm at Jeanne and Frank Top’s home.  Success of the benefit relies on a good turn out.  Put it on your calendar and please consider emailing invites to your friends.  A copy of the invite is at the end of the newsletter, or click here for a PDF version.

Benefit Donations Due

Member donations to the Annual Benefit are due now.  If you haven’t already done so, please give $45 or an item worth $45 to Dawn Anderson by April 15th.

Baked Goods Needed for Benefit

It’s time to get out your favorite recipes for the Benefit Bake Sale.  Candied nuts, cookies, candies, and teacake-sized quick breads are always readily snapped up.

Please let me know what you are making and the quantity, so I can make up the labels for your items.  There will be cellophane bags available at the April General Meeting, so you can wrap your baked goods and drop them off at my home the week before the Benefit.  Throughout the week of 1 May 2011, I will have a picnic basket on our front porch. Just label your item with your name and the name of treat, it need not be in a cellophane bag, and leave it in the basket.  I will wrap and label the treat at my home then bring it to the Benefit. 

Another option is to drop off your items on Wednesday 4 May 2011 and Thursday 5 May 2011 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  You are welcome to stop by with your treats and enjoy a cup of coffee and help package the treats that you bring and those that have already been dropped off.  Choose the option that is most convenient for you.  If you have questions, please call (847) 317-9490 or email  Thank you in advance for your tasty donations, Kathleen Abdo


Look Who’s Budding Now, by Karen Kravits

 “Look Who’s Budding Now” is a spotlight on our new Garden Club members.  This month we talk with Kathy Boss.  Kathy and her husband, Gary, are what Kathy calls “project people.”  Kathy is an avid quilter and stained glass artist.  Gary is a racecar enthusiast who drives his own cars, designs motors, and does a whole slew of related activities.  They travel the racecar circuit with Kathy acting as crew chief and are occasionally joined by their daughter, Aimee, who also races.  Aimee and her husband live in Park Ridge with their 2 children.  And, Kathy and Gary’s son, Thad, lives with his wife and 2 children in Seattle.

How long have you and your family lived in Lincolnshire?

We have lived in Lincolnshire since 1992.  We travel a lot and even spent 2 years in California but continued to maintain our residence here.

Are you happy in Lincolnshire?

Yes, I love it here.  I like that we have privacy but are still close enough to know our neighbors.  I like all the bike paths and being close to O’Hare since we travel so much.  And it’s easy to get downtown.  I just hop on the train.

What made you decide to join the Garden Club?

When a number of our neighbors moved, I was looking for another social outlet.  I am friends with Ann Maine and have talked about joining for some time.  Then I met Lisa Lewis at a cookie exchange, and some time turned into now.

Has it been what you expected it to be?

It’s been better than expected.  I have only been able to attend a couple of meetings but am enjoying the programming.  I’m also very interested in getting involved in the work done at the Depke Juvenile Center.

What is the biggest challenge you face in your own garden?

My biggest problems are pervasive buckthorn and too much shade.  When we first moved here, I had a vegetable garden growing in the back yard.  Since then, the trees have gotten so large that I can only grow moss.

Has your experience with the Garden Club changed the way you look at your garden?

It is too soon to say, but I am redoing my front garden.  I am anxious to see how that will turn out.

Of what help could the Garden Club be to you?

I would love some suggestions on plants that do well in the shade and plants that can tolerate soggy roots.  I have a lot of standing water in my beds.

Who is your biggest gardening inspiration?

My dad had a vegetable garden as well as a greenhouse in the basement.  I also had a neighbor who taught me a lot about plants.

What is your favorite plant?

The daisy - I like the natural look of prairie plants.

Is there one tip you can share with us on your gardening techniques?

I haven’t learned enough yet and continue to work at it.  But I suggest you walk the area and keep your eyes open.  You learn so much just by looking around you.  I also suggest you plant things where you can see them.  I have plants right outside my kitchen window, so I can see them as soon as they start to come up.  And, I know right away when spring is here.

Thank you for spending time with us.  And, stay tuned for more introductions to our new members as we take a peak into how their gardens grow.

Allocations Committee

The Allocation Committee, chaired by Janice Hand, and consisting of Joan Keyes, Lisa Lewis, Marj Lundy, Elaine Petersen and Ellen Strauss, met to review the requests for the club’s 2010/11 Allocations.  The committee approved awarding the following: Chicago Botanic Garden, $1000 for the National Tall grass Prairie Seed Bank; Daniel Wright Jr. High School, $500 for their Botany Lab/Rain Garden; Habitat for Humanity, $500 for their Gardening Together Program; Indian Creek Watershed Project, $750 for Native Seeds, Shrubs and Plugs; Laura B. Sprague School, $1000 for the Outdoor Classroom Raised Gardens; and the Vernon Area Public Library, $1000 for a Flagpole Garden.  The total $4,750 recommended by the Allocations Committee was reviewed and approved by the Board at its April 7th meeting.  If approved by the LGC General Membership at the April 21 meeting, the allocations will be disbursed at the June General Meeting.

Depke Young Men “Make Their Own Luck,” by Linda Berryman

On March 7, 2011, Lincolnshire Garden Club members Jan Stefans, Ann Maine, and Linda Berryman worked with the young men in the Depke Juvenile Detention Center’s “Face It” program on an indoor gardening project.  The project called “Make You Own Luck,” involved the boys in making a small, ivy topiary in the shape of a lucky four-leaf clover.

After a quick discussion of the terms topiary, shamrock, and four leaf clovers, the boys made their own topiary to keep and maintain.  They first covered a piece of wire with green floral tape then, working with a partner, they twisted the wire around a four leaf clover form cut out of foam insulation.  Next, they partially filled a small terra cotta pot lined with a coffee filter with soil, and then they “planted” their wire four-leaf clover into the pot.  After planting the wire form they planted two small ivy plants, and started training the plants by wrapping them around the wire form.  For the final touch, they placed some sheet moss around the base.  The young men were given misting and watering instructions so they could keep growing and training their “Make Your Own Luck” topiaries.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the project, and one young man even gave it a thumb’s up, as you can see in the following pictures.


·      Wednesday, April 27th is Arbor Day.  The Village will hold a tree planting demonstration at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Park.

  • Saturday, May 14th is Chicago River Day.  The Village is looking for volunteers to work on path replacement and invasive weed control at North Park.  The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Volunteers can work for as little or as long as they want.

·      May 1st is the last day the Village will accept orders for trees, shrubs and plants.  Click here for the order form.

·      May 7th-May 8th – Lake County Forest Preserve native plant sale at Independence Grove.  Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Sunday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Click here for a list of plants available.