December 2010 Newsletter

The Lincolnshire Garden Club

“52 Years and Growing”


The Flower Press

Lincolnshire, Illinois                                                                                                                                                December 2010





Thursday, December 9, 2010

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Home of Beth Konieczny

14458 W. Mayland Villa Court, Lincolnshire, IL



Please join us for our annual holiday buffet luncheon.  One of our newest club members, Beth Konieczny, is graciously hosting us this year.  If you are looking for a wonderful, relaxing break from your cooking, baking, shopping, wrapping, and decorating... this is the place.  The only thing on the agenda is good cheer, and good will is your ticket in the door.  Please bring an item for our local food pantry--food, paper products or toiletries—but not glass (it break) or large quantity packages (difficult for the recipients to transport).  We look forward to seeing you all there!


Directions to Beth Konieczny’s:  From the intersection of Rt. 22 and Elm/Oxford (the Lincolnshire Tennis club is on the northwest corner), go north on Elm about 1/2 mile.  Mayland Villa Court is a cul de sac on the right hand side.  Please try to be courteous of Beth’s neighbors and pull your car up and around and park behind another car rather than parking on both sides right at the entrance of the cul de sac.


Please note:  The day, time and location of this event has changed since the last newsletter.


Message from our President, Jan Stefans

Our first-ever night time meeting was a success!  It was so nice to see so many male faces in the crowd for our winter and shrub trimming program.  Congratulations to the recipients of our gardening educational gifts.


I am looking forward to some steep competition for our inter-club "Green Thumb" award.  Our traveling trophy now includes the front door area as well as the mailbox location.  As you put out your greenery and spruce top containers, stop and take a picture to pass along to Lisa Lewis.  Remember you can submit your house for all our "thumbs" seasons, winter, spring, summer and fall.  


Can't wait to chat with you all at the Holiday Party on December 9th.



Musings of an Old Rose Gardener, Elaine Petersen

Lost and Found

Is there anything more embarrassing than to be out by the curb in your robe and slippers at 7:30 on a chilly morning pawing frantically through the garbage cans and caught by your neighbor as he is pulling out of his driveway on his way to work?  He waves and you pretend you don’t see him.


My most recent mishap occurred last week and it was all Jan Stefan’s fault.  She returned my book, The Garden In Autumn by Alan Lacy at the Board meeting.  I had really forgotten that she had borrowed it the previous autumn or was it two autumns ago.  I had given up on the search for Alan’s book so I was delighted to have it back.  I tucked it in among the other papers in the tote bag I was carrying and when I got home I put them in the pile on my desk or so I thought.


A week passed and I decided that I’d like to reread the book and of course I couldn’t find it.  I searched through the papers on the desk, through the newspapers in the family room and kitchen, and through magazines (Thank you, Connie) in my bedroom.  And then I repeated this silly search.  After all this time, where had the book disappeared to again?  I couldn’t sleep Tuesday night.  All I could think about was my lost-again book.


There was only one more place to look and that was through the newspapers in the trash cans before the garbage collector arrived. I think we are the first block on his route, and he is always early!  Alas, no book, only my exposure to the neighbor’s amusement.  Sadly, I resigned myself to my loss, again, and returned to the kitchen to have some hot coffee and read the morning newspaper.  If only Jan hadn’t returned my book then it wouldn’t be lost.  And then, voila, I found my book in the tote bag on the back seat of my car under some other books.  Morals of the story?  Don’t blame someone because you are absentminded and do try to keep the back seat of the car clean. 


Oh and by the way, “ to err is human, to purr is feline”.


From Our Webmaster, Rick Sanders

Chicago Botanic Gardens Membership Card

If anyone needs a CBG Membership card to visit the gardens, there is now a permanent link on the Home page of our web site. It opens an email to Jan Stefans (President Just let her know when you are going and you can borrow the LGC card.


Anderson Japanese Gardens Field Trip

On October 14, we traveled to Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford for a fall field trip. We were given a wonderful guided tour. premier Japanese gardens in the US. Lunch at their on-grounds facility. Pictures can be found on the Home page of our web site.


Hats off to Eve Jacobs for another fantastic field trip.

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  • The club just had its 50th member join! What a banner year it has been for new members.  Welcome one and all.  The only downside to this is that your yearbook is now missing some valuable information.  Never fear, the info is close at hand on the website under the Members Only section.

  • Members’ Mailbox Competition – Our internal, friendly, competition of mailboxes has been expanded to include attractive front entrances as well.  As we head into the various holiday seasons, there will be ample opportunities to create beautiful and inviting mailbox and front entries, so go wild.  Feel free to nominate another member or yourself by sending an email to our committee at



Going Green


We are always looking for new ideas and suggestions to be ecologically friendly, so please send them to Jeanne at newsletter@lincolnshiregardenclub.comNew ideas will be highlighted in one edition of the Newsletter and then moved our new Recycling section on the Lincolnshire Garden Club website (  This sight will include, among other things, upcoming special recycling events and a list of recycling locations for specific items.




Calendar of Upcoming Events


Thursday, January 6            Board Meeting, 9:15 am, Lincolnshire Village Hall


Thursday, January 20          General Meeting, 9:30 am, Vernon Area Library


Thursday, February 3           Board Meeting, 9:15 am, Lincolnshire Village Hall


Thursday, February 17th       General Meeting, 9:30 am, Vernon Area Library