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


Annual Holiday Party

Thursday, December 8, 2011

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It’s time to mingle and enjoy the bright lights of the holiday season.

Graciously Hosted at Karen Kravits’ Home

119 Pembroke Lane, Lake Forest


Admissions Ticket:  Food donation for the Vernon Area Food Pantry.

Directions:  From the intersection of Riverwoods Rd. and Half Day Rd., go north on Riverwoods Rd. and take the first left, which is Pembroke Lane.  At the T intersection, take a left onto Pembroke Lane and follow the road around to #119 on the west side of the street.  When parking, please be mindful of neighbors’ driveways.

Please note:  This is a Members Only event and an RSVP is required.  If you have not already RSVP, please contact Dimitra Alexakos to see if room is still available.

A Message from Our President, Linda Berryman

‘Tis the season to bring a bit of the garden inside to keep us company during winter’s visit.  Whether it’s an aromatic Christmas tree; fresh evergreen arrangements adorning tabletops; or plants from the deck or patio we want to nurture through the winter; it just seems very natural, while our gardens rest, to nest with nature.  A friend recently shared with me a wonderful holiday tradition I will share with you.  Each of their children decorates a small, live evergreen tree to light and display in their bedroom during the holidays.  They take care of their tree all winter. Then in the spring, they plant their special tree in the yard, and continue to help it grow, sometimes with success, and sometimes not.  What a wonderful tradition on so many levels! 

I’m sure many of you have wonderful holiday traditions to share, and I look forward to hearing some of them at this month’s holiday celebration “Winter Brights.”  Our lovely Karen Kravits, who shares her writing talents monthly in the LGC newsletter with her new club member interviews, is sharing her beautiful home with us as she graciously hosts this year’s gathering.  Thank you, Karen, many times over! Please, do not forget the garden club’s holiday tradition of sharing as well, by bringing a donation for the local food pantry.

As 2011 winds down I would like to thank you all for your part this year in helping the garden club fulfill its mission of providing educational and financial support to promote community beautification, nature restoration and environmental responsibility.  Your varied interests and talents, along with your dedication to sharing them with others make all of you my “Winter Brights.”

Wishing you love, health, peace and the greenest of thumbs in 2012!

2011 Annual Benefit Oversight Correction

As work has gotten underway for our benefit coming up next April, it came to our attention that non-member donors to our 2011 benefit might not have received appropriate recognition.  To rectify this oversight, a complete list of these donors has been attached to the end of this newsletter.  Please be sure to review the list and patronize these businesses.  Thanks.

2012 Annual Benefit News from Kathleen Young-Perkins

Please see the last page of this newsletter to see a Save the Date card for our Annual Benefit, scheduled for April 13, 2012.  Please forward the card to all your friends so they put it on their calendar now.

The theme for this year’s benefit is “In The Garden.”  The committee’s goal is for this event to be so fabulous, that as a gardener or as an admirer of gardens, you wouldn’t think of missing it. And what will make this event something not to be missed, something that you will be dreaming of attending, something that you are so excited about that you tell your friends, family, and neighbors and encourage them to attend as well.

The ITEMS that we as the Lincolnshire Garden Club will be offering.


You have the option of writing a $45 check to the club OR

You can use your imagination, creativity, and/or shopping prowess and give an item or service that, we are asking this year, to be somehow related to the garden.


·      A must-have garden artifact, that perhaps you have designed or found in some specialty shop

·      A wall hanging that brings back fond memories of a past or present garden

·  Or perhaps a service that you could offer a beginner/fellow gardener, e.g., helping to divide perennials, assisting in enhancing an existing garden, or working together to create a new garden

The list of options and possibilities goes on, and on.

We are counting on you to help make this benefit a unique gardening affair!

Start thinking today about what you might donate and we will look forward to receiving your donations starting in January.

Look Who’s Budding Now, by Karen KravitZ

“Look Who’s Budding Now” is a spotlight on our new Garden Club members.  This month we talk with Linda Ilk.  Linda’s husband, Joseph, specializes in quality control in manufacturing.  Linda and Joseph live in Vernon Hills with their two dogs.  Teddy is a 5 year old Poodle Maltese and Izzy is a 4 year old Poodle.

How long have you and your family lived in Vernon Hills?

We’ve been here 20 years!.

Are you happy in Vernon Hills?

We’re very happy in Vernon Hills.

What made you decide to join the Garden Club?

I once belonged to another garden club a long time ago.  It disbanded, so I’m glad that I was invited to join the Lincolnshire Garden Club by my friend, Eve Jacobs (member since 2004.)

Has it been what you expected it to be?

Yes, I’m pleased to be meeting so many nice people.

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

Autumn leaves.  Since I do all the yard work and maintenance, fall clean up is a bear!

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

Yes.  The programs that are presented at our monthly meetings have been very informative.  And, I enjoy the birds more because I can identify more species than before.

Of what help could the Garden Club be to you?

It has already been so helpful in regards to water conservation, conifers, spices and so much more!

Who is your biggest gardening inspiration?

My mother.  She was the first to encourage me.

What is your favorite plant?

The Japanese Maple is a very beautiful plant.  I also have a great fondness for cacti and succulents.

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

Keep up with weeding and watering.

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


Cracked China Workshop led by Kathy Boss

Have a few pieces of chipped or cracked china you just can’t throw away? Join our January workshop and turn them into a useful work of art.  On January 22nd and 29th, 1:00 pm-3:00pm, we’ll be having a workshop making cracked china picture frames. No talent necessary, just come and have fun. You’ll need a flat picture frame, old dishes, & Tacky glue. Clean you closets, scour garage sales, and shop the dollar stores to find these supplies. There will be a minimal charge for additional necessities.  Call Kathy Boss  847–735–1305 or for reservations.  Members only for now. 

Pruning A Smoke Bush* by Janice Hand

Confused about how and when to prune your smoke bush? So was I until I read a Chicago Tribune article that explained all.  Here’s a summary:

·      Smoke bush prefers well drained to dry soil and full sun, but it will deal with part shade.

·      Smoke bush needs regular pruning, or it will become leggy and more like a small tree than a well-behaved shrub.

·      Each spring you need to aggressively prune the shrub to control its size and help force colorful new growth.

·      One pruning approach is to cut all stems back to 2” from the ground before growth begins in the spring.  But, this        approach will result in no flowers, or “smoke” (flower buds have formed on the previous summer’s branches.)

·     The other pruning approach is to prune less aggressively in mid- to late-July to shape the shrub and still ensure            flowers.  At this time, you will choose whether to prune so it is a densely branched medium shrub, a large specimen     shrub, or a small specimen tree.

*(Cotinus coggygria)

Best Fall Plants to Feed Birds (and Maybe Attract Butterflies, too) by Janice Hand

Winter is the best time to plan on new plantings for the following year. As you consider plants for your 2012 garden, please remember the birds. Here is a sampling of shrubs that provide good food for nesting and migrating songbirds and also support beneficial insects.

American Bittersweet – Produces attractive orange berries, which are favored by at least 15 bird species.

American Elderberry – With its long, drooping branches, this shrub produces flat white clusters of flowers that turn into purple berries in late summer. This shrub is the favorite of robins, bluebirds, and many other songbirds.

Chokeberry (Aronia) – This shrub provides fruit for birds, nectar for insects, cover for wildlife and beauty from its white/pink flowers, glossy red-to-black fruit, and brilliant foliage in the fall.

Dogwood – The entire list of dogwood varieties produce fruits eaten by at least 18 bird species.

Highbush Cranberry – Has white flowers in the summer, turning into red berries in the fall. The berries are favorites of robins, cedar waxwings, and many other songbirds

Linden Viburnum (esp. ‘Cardinal Candy’) – One source calls this “manna to bees and butterflies”. Its red fruits in late summer will last until the following spring, when cedar waxwings come to dine.

Significant Trees of Lincolnshire by Janice Hand

In case you missed it, the last Lincolnshire Village Newsletter mentioned a list of trees that are native to our area.  These are trees upon which the Village places special protection and encourages residents to plant, as replacement trees and as a way to augment the woodland canopy. (The list is called the “Appendix A List” as it’s the appendix to the Village’s tree ordinance.)

Common Name                            Scientific Name

Black Maple                                  Acer nigrum

Red Maple                                     Acer rubrum

Sugar Maple                                 Acer saccharum

Ohio Buckeye                               Aesculus glabra

Common Horsechestnut               Aesculus hippocastanum

Red Buckeye                                Aesculus pavia

River Birch                                   Betula nigra

American Hornbeam                     Carpinus caroliniana

Bitternut Hickory                            Carya cordiformis

Shagbark Hickory                         Carya ovata

Hackberry                                     Celtis occidentalis

Yellowwood                                   Cladrastis kentukea

American Beech                            Fagus grandifolia

Thornless Honeylocust                 Gleditsia triacanthos

Kentucky Coffeetree                     Gymnocladus dioica

Butternut                                       Juglans cenera

Black Walnut                                 Juglans nigra

Sweetgum                                     Liquidambar styraciflua

Tulip Tree                                     Liriodendron tulipifera

Black Tupelo                                 Nyssa sylvatica

American Hophornbeam               Ostrya virginiana

White Oak                                     Quercus alba

Swamp White Oak                        Quercus bicolor

Scarlet Oak                                   Quercus coccinea

Hill’s Oak                                       Quercus ellipsoidalis

Shingle Oak                                  Quercus imbricaria

Bur Oak                                        Quercus macrocarpa

Chinkapin Oak                              Quercus muehlenbergii

Chestnut Oak                               Quercus prinus

Red Oak                                       Quercus rubra

Schumard Oak                              Quercus shumardii

Black Oak                                     Quercus velutina

Linden                                          Tilia americana

Non-member Donors to the 2011 Annual Benefit

Auction Merchandise Source

Bagels by the Book

Bob Chinn's Crab House

Bomber Betty Custom Cosmetics

Brunswick Zone Hawthorn

Chalet Nursery & Garden Shop

Cheesecake Factory

Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut

Cubby Bear North

Cuneo Mansion and Gardens

Del Rio Restaurant

Didier Farms

Dover Straits Restaurant

Egg Harbor Cafe

Go Roma

Green Acres Landscaping, Inc.


Illusions by Jill

La Beaute Hair Studio & Day Spa

Leider Garden Center

Lifetime Athletic Club

Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Mangel Gifts

Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre

Michael Thomas

Nirvana Wine & Grillerie

North Shore Shell & Elaine Petersen

On The Border

P.F. Chang's China Bistro

Peak Performance Training, Inc.

Philly G's

Plush Beauty Spa

Relax The Back

Robert Vance Ltd.

Sam Martirano Salon & Spa

Smokin' T's Bar-B-Que


Sunset Foods

Sunshine Systems

Swansons Blossom Shop Ltd.

The Arboretum Club

The Cubby Bear North

The Popcorn Factory

Walker Bros Original Pancake House

White Flower Farm

Wildfire Restaurant