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April 2013

The Lincolnshire Garden Club

“Getting Dirty since 1958”

The Flower Press

                Lincolnshire, Illinois                                                                                                         April 2013

General Meeting and Program

Thursday, April 18, 2013

“Shade Gardening, a Parade in the Shade”

JoAnn Loebel, Gardening Consultant for the Garden Clubs of Illinois

This is an important program for older gardens that have passed through several phases. The small shrubs and trees that were planted years ago have matured and are now casting more shade than was envisioned. But there is still hope.

There really are a lot of colorful annuals and perennials that will produce lots of blooms throughout the season and thrive in shady areas. Low maintenance is always part of the plan.

     9:30 am - Continental Breakfast
                10:00 am - Business Meeting
                10:30 am - Educational Program

:  Lincolnshire Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53

                  671 Woodlands Parkway
                   Vernon Hills, IL 60061

                   Click here for a map

Members should park in the front and back parking lots of the fire station. 
If there are no spaces left, park in the Children's Hospital lot due West of the fire station, thus leaving the spaces closest to the hospital for their customers to use.

A Message from our President, Jan Stefans

Spring temperatures are around the corner according to Channel 5's weather forecast.  At this point, a lot of my yard is still thawing out.  Hawthorn Gardens at their Open House sold spring pansies with the caveat "do not plant until the temperatures go up!"  But, garden chores still need to be done.  Don't forget to cut back your grasses now...I made the mistake of not cutting them back in March one year, new growth got mixed in with the old and it was not a pretty site until July.  Anabelle Hydrangeas need to be cut back  as well, and then there are the roses.  So catch the best part of the day, put on your boots instead of your garden clogs, and get out there and get your hands dirty!

Once again Hawthorn Gardens is offering our garden club a discount for shopping in the month of May.  Before you start your transaction at the register tell them you are member of the Lincolnshire Garden Club and you will receive a 10% discount on your purchases. They have our roster to check names.  At the end of the month Hawthorn Gardens will tabulate all the club purchases and they will cut us a check to the club for another 10% of the total sales.  For those of you not familiar with Hawthorn Gardens it is located at the intersection of Old McHenry and Quentin Roads in Lake Zurich, a twenty minute ride from Lincolnshire. 

So despite the weather I am pumped for the garden to begin it's "Spring Fling."  In my yard, Elaine's snow drops are blooming, the crocus' have popped out, the daffodils are poking their greenery out of the ground and Waste Management starts it's yard waste pick-up this week.  I am a happy camper.

Plant Education with Joan Keyes

Plant Identification Challenge
Keep up the good work.

Lesson #1
Chelone lyonii  'How Lips' -    Turtlehead
Euonymus alatus  - Burning Bush

Lesson #2
Gleditsia - Honey Locust Tree
Tricyrtis hirta-Toad Lily

Lesson #3
Asclepias  - Milkweed

Lesson #4 - Edible Flowers
Viola (no botanical name)
Calendula officinalis - Pot Marigold

Lesson #5
Oxalis acetosella 'Purpurascens' - Wood Sorrel
Quercus alba - White Oak

I have found the purple oxalis works wonderfully in summer outdoor containers.  It looks especially nice with orange or salmon colored plants.  Remember to use begonias rather than impatience due to the mildew problem with impatience :(

Do you have extra balls? Saucers? Stones?

We presented the LGC’s centerpiece concept , along with a sample of what it would look like, to the Friends of Ryerson Woods’ Smith Symposium Committee on Mon., March 25.  They were very enthused with the Garden Club’s idea and now we can work forward. Our budget is just $10.00 per table (there will be 30 tables) and we should make at least 6 additional decorative pieces for the windows at Brushwood (including at least 1 larger arrangement for the registration table).

We are asking for Garden Club help – can any of you donate:

  • Grape vine balls - 8 inches in diameter
  • Plastic plant saucers - 6 inches in diameter, preferably flat on the bottom
  • ­Pond pebbles – medium-sized round stones (about 1-2” in diameter)

If so, please contact Joan Keyes (contact information in Yearbook) or bring your items to the April meeting. (The Symposium is May 18th and we would like to begin as soon as possible buying what we can’t get donated and then assembling the centerpieces.)

Thank you!

Centerpiece Committee

Janice Hand, Linda Ilk,  Joan Keyes, Marge Lundy, & Ellen Strauss

Weed and Wine is Back!

We were not able to have too many Weed and Wine last summer due to the beastly hot weather.  Hopefully, we will get in more this year.  Our first event of the year be hosted by Pat Hovany (see Yearbook for address).  It is scheduled for Friday May 3rd 4:00 pm-6:00 pm, followed buy wine and appetizers.

For those of you new to the Club, Weed and Wine is where members help other members with work in their gardens, whether is is weeding, pruning, planting or anything else that would improve the condition of the garden.  It is amazing how much work can get done in two hours.  Afterwards, we enjoy some social time with wine and appetizers provided by host member.  It is not only a fun social event, it is a great chance for novice gardeners to learn from more experienced gardeners.

Treating Poison Ivy
you head out into your garden, be on the lookout for Poison Ivy (remember the mantra:  "leaves of three, leave it be").  If you do come in contact with the plant, here are some tips to minimize your symptoms:
  • Avoid touching other parts of your body.  This is especially important immediately after exposure, since the irritating oils can be transferred to other areas.
  • Rinse the affected areas immediately after exposure with plenty of cold water, or rubbing alcohol, to flush out oils.
  • Use an over-the-counter product knows as Tecnu lotion, which works well to remove oils for up to 24 hours after contact.
  • If the itching has begun to develop, run hot water--as hot as you can stand--on the affected areas.  The itching will briefly become intense, but then will stop for several hours as the nerves that convey the sensory information to the brain become overloaded and quit.  Repeat the hot water treatment as necessary, but be cautious to avoid burning.
  • Relieve the itching with calamine lotion and aloe vera gel.
  • Try Witch Hazel to treat poison ivy blisters. 

Discouraging Deer from Trees

Reprinted from an article in the Chicago Tribune September 18, 2011

It's not just about flowers and vegetables.  Deer can harm trees too--one adult deer can consume up to four pounds of woody twigs in a day--according to The Morton Arboretum website (click here), which offers a lot of information for those whose yards are under attack.  Here are some tips on keeping deer at bay.
  • Fences - "Physical barriers are probably the best defense," says Doris Taylor, Plant Clinic manager at the Arboretum.  Fences are not always the most aesthetic solution, however, since deer can jump, it is usually recommended that fencing be between 6-8 feet high.  If you only need to protect a few shrubs or plants, try barrier fencing around individual plants.  You will need each fence to be high enough to prevent a deer from reaching its head over the top to munch.
  • Repellents - These sprays, homemade or commercial, have a bitter taste or foul odor, and may discourage deer from feeding.  Snow or rain can reduce the effectiveness of some sprays, and they need to be reapplied.  Taylor notes, however, that many products, such as Plantskydd and Liquid Fence, now have greater staying power.  She recommends switching out products occasionally, so the deer don't become impervious to the scent.
  • Scare Tactics - A large, noisy dog may not please the neighbors, but it will have a similar effect on deer.  A quieter approach on the Arboretum website involves hanging shiny tape, whirligigs or inflated balls from branches to startle deer with their sudden movements.  Because the deer will get used to these props, you will need to rotate them regularly.
  • Deer-resistant trees - As with plants, some trees are less deer-friendly than others (though no tree is completely deer-proof).  For recommended plants, go to the Arboretum website Plant Advice page and on the left hand side under the Selection Guide under "Select by Specification," choose "Plants mot favored by deer."

Upcoming Club Events

Thursday, April 4 - Board Meeting, Jan Stefans' home

Thursday, April 18 -
General Membership Meeting, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Dept. Milwaukee Ave. Station\

Thursday, May 2 - Board Meeting, Lincolnshire Village Hall

Thursday, May 16 -
General Membership Meeting, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Dept. Milwaukee Ave. Station