The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
December 2009


Thursday, December 10, 2009

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Home of Hazel Weaver

52 Wiltshire Drive, Lincolnshire

Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?  Why not slow down a bit and join your gardening buddies for some holiday cheer and wonderful food.   Hazel Weaver has graciously offered her home for our get together.  A wonderful lunch is planned and we won’t interrupt the fun with a business meeting this month.  However, you will have the opportunity to purchase some of the items that were not sold at the benefit, so be sure to bring cash or your checkbook.

Hospitality Committee:

Hazel Weaver – Chairwoman

Kathleen Abdo

Dimitra Alexacos

Connie Conklin

Rose-Anne DeHaan

Cheryl Mitchell

Char Schwan

From the President’s Desk

Jan Stefans, President

Hard to believe the holidays are upon us.  Remember to take photos of your holiday planters this year so you know what combinations worked well for future plantings.  And don't forget to submit your mailbox decor for our winter competition to Connie, Hazel, or Jeanne.

I would once again like to thank the "Benefit Team" for a stellar job on this year's fundraiser:  Kathleen Abdo, Dawn Anderson, Meri Finocchi, Jeanne Top, and Kathleen Young-Perkins. We are so fortunate to have these ladies give their time and effort to our club's fundraiser.  And to the entire Top Family, we thank you for your hospitality.

On December 10th (not the 17th as previously published), I hope to see you all at Hazel Weavers’ for our holiday luncheon.  Please share with those in need this year by bringing non-perishable food items, household items or personal items to Hazel’s.  We will donate all of the items to the Vernon Township Food Pantry.

Happy Holidays and happy planting to all.


By Elaine Petersen

Without a lot of gardening to be done this time of year, our Old Gardener has had more time to muse.  Since we didn’t have a November issue, we are including both her November and December contributions.


The year has turned its circle.

The seasons come and go. 

The harvest all is gathered in

And chilly north winds blow.

Orchards have shared their treasures,

The fields, their yellow grain.

So open wide the doorway.

Thanksgiving comes again.

As we gather with our family and friends at our Thanksgiving table let us bow our heads and hearts in prayer, each in our own faith, and remember how richly we, as Americans, have been blessed.  Let us pray for the safety of our men and women in service wherever they may be located. Let us pray for our nation in this critical time.

I am especially thankful for the blessing of the Garden Club and for all the dear and gracious lovely ladies whom I have met in the past sixteen years. Thank you for sharing not only plants and knowledge but also laughs and tender kindness and love.

May your stuffing be tasty

May your turkey be plump.

May your potatoes and gray

Never have a lump.

May your yams be delicious

And your pies take the prize.

And may your Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off your thighs.


I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.


In a few short days this year will become another “misty water color memory of the way we were”.  May all our summer memories be pleasant as we welcome December. 

Winter, the season of quiet reflection.  Serenity and tranquility.  A blanket of silver white snow covers nature’s landscape.  Inside.  Warm and protected.  Outside. Crisp and clear.  Bare branches cast beautifully sculpted silhouettes.  Fragrances of pine and wood smoke linger.  On warm kitchen windows, icy patterns come and go.  Jack Frost.  Flickering light from fireplaces and candles illuminates garlands of greens, baskets of oranges and lemons.  Snowflakes fall silently.


The snow, in bitter cold,

Fell all the night;

And we awoke to see

The garden white.

And still the silvery flakes

Go whirling by,

White feathers fluttering

From a grey sky.

Beyond the gate, soft feet

In silence go.

Beyond the frosted pane,

White shines the snow.

-F. Ann Elliott,  “The Snow”



By Ann Maine

On Monday November 16, Ann, Jan and Linda joined 10 boys and 3 staff from the Depke FACE-IT program for a very interesting tour of the mulch facility in Grayslake given by Jim Seckleman, owner of The Mulch Center (on Milwaukee Avenue).

It was a brisk day, made warmer by Jim’s generosity to the boys and us.  After giving everyone a jacket and safety glasses, he showed us around the facility. We quickly learned that making mulch is an expensive process. The 1 million dollar “Tub grinder” is the largest wood mulching machine you can buy.  They took the lid off so we could see inside. The large stainless steel-carbide “teeth” get worn out in 3-4 days and must be replaced.   It costs about $120/hour for diesel fuel to run the grinder.

There is a magnet at the end of the conveyor belt that pulls out any metal that is in the ground up material.  We saw bolts, nails and other pieces of metal that they send to be recycled.   It was amazing how quickly it chewed up huge stumps.  There are a series of different size sorting screens which collect material that can be reground to a finer consistency.

Jim has a huge temperature gauge (like a 3 foot meat thermometer) to monitor the mulch temperature.  On this cold day, the internal temperature was over 120 degrees!  The boys were amazed at the warm air coming off the mulch piles.  

Jim’s staff of Hugo and Dana gave each of the boys a chance to drive a front-end loader or large cat truck around the yard and pick up mulch.  Boys never outgrow the fascination with Big Trucks!  Later the boys took a quick tour of the retail site on Milwaukee and then Jim treated all of us to lunch at Cubby Bear.  Hugo and Jim’s assistant, Kim August, also joined us.   It was really interesting and a wonderful experience for the boys.  The three of us really appreciated the time that Jim spent (his whole morning) with the boys and us.

Pictures of the field trip are attached at the end of this newsletter.


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·      Electronic Recycling:  Tuesdays and Fridays 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The City of Highland Park municipal building, 1180 Half Day Road.


·      Disposal of old major appliances:  Environmental Field Services, 800-480-4337.  This service will collect appliances for a fee that is much lower than the fee Waste Management charges.


·      Save water by reusing your dehumidifier water to water your potted plants.


·      Recycle old sneakers:  Sneakers the Vernon Hills Public works building (490 Greenleaf) or the Vernon Hills Park District (635 Aspen Rd.)


·      Household Chemical Waste:  Year-round collections are taken by appointment at SWALCO’s permanent facility located at 1311 N. Estes St., Gurnee.  Mobile events are held periodically from April through November.  Dates are posted on their website


Send addition Going Green ideas and suggestions to Jeanne at