The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club           
February 2012

General Meeting and Program

Thursday, February 16, 2012

“Thinking Outside the Black Hole:  Expanding

the Experience of the Evening Garden”

Presented by Julie Siegel, J Siegel Designs, Inc.

Note Special Location:  Ryerson Welcome Center


Landscape designer, Julie Siegel exclaims “ There’s nothing more extraordinary than being in the garden with a full moon.”  For the gardeners who work during the day, or those who want to relax after dinner on the patio, twilight or moon gardens make the most of time spent outdoors.

FINE GARDENING magazine describes Julie as having combined her background in dance, animation, architecture and writing with her love of plants to create gardens that are full of energy and speak to the larger regional aesthetics. Being raised by a photographer and a painter guaranteed Julie’s creative sensibility. Her decades of teaching and public speaking developed strong communication skills and independent thought. These have become essential tools for assisting clients in transforming the abstract ideas that eventually become manifest as landscapes.


Date:        Thursday, February 16, 2012

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

Location:  Ryerson Welcome Center (new building) 21950 N. Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods, IL.  Drive all the way to the end of the main road and turn left into the new parking lot by the Welcome Center.

A Message from Our President, Linda Berryman

Mid-winter Greetings!


Our gardens may be at rest but the gardeners of this club are surely not!  We are humming with activity! 


I know many of you truly enjoyed Sarah Surroz’s presentation in January.  What a wonderful way to begin the year by looking at our gardens with more of a “green” focus.  What could be a better combination for gardeners than saving some “green” by going more “green?” I know, like many of you, I’m looking forward to her most generous, free personal consultation this spring.


Speaking of being green, some beautiful frames were crafted of recycled material recently at Kathy Boss’ lovely home.  Kathy hosted the broken china picture frame workshop.  Thank you, Kathy!  It was fun to see some of our creative members break pretty dishes and turn them into something even prettier. I think I witnessed some real art therapy!


Kathleen Young-Perkins and her benefit committee are humming with activity too, collecting wonderful items for our April 13th annual benefit, as well as thinking of new ways to increase attendance.  I have no doubt with the enthusiasm and clever ideas I saw and heard at their last meeting this benefit will be another great LGC event.


Meanwhile, Janice Hand and her committee are busy collecting too… allocation requests for this year.  If you know of any group or individual who may be looking for funds related to the LGC’s mission, please don’t hesitate to refer them to our process.  Requests are due by mid-February.


That’s just about the time you’ll want to come join us at the Ryerson Welcome Center for our February 16th general meeting.  Being busy, active gardeners, you won’t want to miss this meeting.  Sharon Chamberlain has done it again!  She has found another fascinating speaker to give us yet another perspective on our gardens… a night time perspective!  Landscape designer, Julie Siegal will help us consider what we can do in our gardens to make our summer evenings in them even more relaxing and enjoyable.


See you at Ryerson!

Lincolnshire Garden Club Charitable Benefit 2012

This is the Lincolnshire Garden Club’s 54th year of supporting gardening in this community and during those 53 years, our group has given over $200,000 to Lincolnshire and county organizations. In 2011, the Garden Club donated:


·      $1,000 to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, for the National Tall Grass Prairie Seed Bank

·      $ 500 to Daniel Wright Jr. H.S., for the botany lab/rain garden

·      $ 500 to Habitat for Humanity, for the Gardening Together Program

·      $ 750 to Indian Creek Watershed Project, for native seeds, shrubs, and plugs

·      $1,000 to Laura Sprague School, for outdoor classroom raised gardens

·      $1,000 to the Vernon Area Public Library, for restoration of its Flagpole Garden

·      $2,800 to the Village of Lincolnshire, to replace the plantings by the Village sign next to the roundabout (North Park)

·      Flower and vegetable plantings for Riverside Foundation residents and staff

·      Horticulture and educational activities for the Depke Juvenile Detention Center


Over our 53 years, we have supported the following types of entities as follows:

·  Ecology (23%)

·  Community (21%)

·  Public Entities (21%)

·  Charities (13%)

·  Schools (9%)

·  Libraries (9%)

·  Youth (4%)


As a member you can help continue this wonderful work by

·  submitting your donation item to the benefit committee

·  attending the benefit

·  encouraging family and friends to attend the benefit.



Annual Benefit Member Donor Form

Also attached to this newsletter is our garden club member benefit donor form.  Please complete the form and submit it with your donation.  It is especially important to fill in your gift’s description and its estimated value.  This will assist the benefit committee in preparing our marketing materials.  To stimulate interest and help promote sales, your item may be photographed and posted on our benefit web page.  If you have the opportunity to take a picture of your donation, please email it to Rick Sanders (


Donation items are due by March 23, but the benefit committee would sincerely appreciate receiving them earlier to avoid the last minute rush.  Please contact Kathleen Young-Perkins by phone (847-821-9889) or email ( with any questions you may have about your donation and to arrange for pick-up/delivery of your item.

We look forward to receiving your donations and thank you for your much-needed participation.  It is through your gifts that our club is able to continue to inspire the love of gardening and to support community projects related to beautification, nature restoration, and environmental responsibility.



36th Annual Charitable Benefit-Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets are now available for what promises to be the blockbuster community event of the spring – the Lincolnshire Garden Club 36th Annual Charitable Benefit, “In The Garden”, at The Arboretum Club, Friday, April 13th from 7 to 10 p.m.  Reserve your spot by completing the invitation form at the end of this newsletter.


Why not consider buying tickets for special friends and family members who love to shop and/or have an interest in gardening?  To get your tickets, please mail your completed form with payment to:


The Lincolnshire Garden Club

PO Box 532

Lincolnshire, IL  60069


Winter Weed and Wine – Friday February 10th

Okay, truth in advertising:  we will not be weeding, just wining.  For those of you not familiar with our Weed and Wine program, it was started last year as a way to help members with their gardens.  Ever couple of Fridays during the growing season, we worked for two hours in a member’s yard followed by a cocktail hour hosted by the member.   Everyone who participated in one of these events said they enjoyed working and socializing with other members.  We didn’t want to wait until spring for the socializing part, so we are having a get together on Friday February 10th from 4:00-6:00pm at Jeanne Top’s home (14532 River Oaks Drive, Lincolnshire).  Take advantage of this low-key event to talk gardening and get to know other members better.  So we can plan on numbers, please RSVP to Jeanne at 


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 Alice Moody.  Alice lives in Lincolnshire with her husband, Marvin, a retired patent attorney.  They have two living children.  Their son, Mark, is an internist in Sacramento, and their daughter, Marie, is a physical therapist in North Dakota.  Alice and Marvin are also blessed with 4 grandchildren.


How long have you and your family lived in Lincolnshire?


We moved here in 1967, so 44 years.  We walked in and bought the house in about an hour.


Then you have had an opportunity to see many changes in Lincolnshire.


Yes.  There has been so much growth.  I was involved in establishing the Vernon Area Township Library.  This was a tremendous undertaking for which Alice is deservedly very proud.  The development from its humble beginnings as a one-room trailer in the parking lot at Stevenson High School, which Alice called “The Little White House on the Prairie,” to where it is today makes for a fascinating story and one about which I’d like to hear more.

What made you decide to join the Garden Club?


Jan kept inviting me and I loved the programs.


Has it been what you expected it to be?


Much more so – I have learned so much.


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


Shade.  But in the spring, my garden really blooms!


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

Yes.  The Club offers great lectures.  But, my garden is mature, and I am not likely to change it.


Of what help could the Garden Club be to you?


Just more of the same.


Who is your biggest gardening inspiration?


My greatest inspiration is my upbringing.  I grew up in a rural community in Iowa.  We had 3 different kinds of apple trees, along with cherry trees and walnut trees.  We had 5 different types of grapevines.  My grandma was in charge of the garden for Middle Amana.  I had a vegetable garden as a child.


What is your favorite plant?


This is too hard a question.  But, I love trillium and wild flowers.


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


It’s important to learn how to properly water.  Learn what plants need what and when.


There is so much more to the story that couldn’t fit in a brief interview.  Thank you to Alice for visiting with me and thank you for joining us.  And, stay tuned for more introductions to our new members as we take a peek into how their gardens grow.

There’s a Lincolnshire in the United States????

Thanks to our website, our club is now known across the ocean.  I thought you might get a kick out of a series of emails I exchanged this week with Maggie Peberdy of Lincolnshire, England:


Maggie:  I have recently taken over the publicity for the SJA [St. John’s Ambulance] Lincolnshire Open Gardens Scheme and thought that some of your members would be interested in visiting some of the gardens.  Gardens open on Sunday afternoons between February and August and the first garden opens on 19th February at Knaith Hall, which is new to our scheme.


I am attaching a list, which gives a brief description of each garden, together with details of dates and opening times. I should be very grateful if you would circulate it to your members.  Please contact me for any further information or see


Jeanne:  I am the editor of the newsletter for the Lincolnshire Garden Club.  It was very thoughtful of you to send your announcement.  Unfortunately, we are in Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA and it would be a very long commute for our members.  We wish you great success in your Garden Scheme.


Maggie:  I am so sorry - I did not know that there was a Lincolnshire in Illinois! I shall have to get the atlas out.


Jeanne:  No worries.  We are about 33 miles north of Chicago.  Many of the street names in our town harken back to Lincolnshire, England.  Someone should really looking into forming a sister city program between our two towns.  I know people in our local soccer (oops, I mean football) club have thought about it.  If I'm not mistaken isn't the name of your local club the Imps?  Great name.  We are the Lincolnshire Lightning.


The description of your gardens sound lovely and I wish we could take a pilgrimage to see them.


Maggie:  Hi again - I could only find Lincoln, not Lincolnshire, in my atlas. Are they different places or one and the same?  As you probably know we have the city of Lincoln - which is very beautiful - and the rural county of Lincolnshire which surrounds it.  I live in a village near the market town of Boston in the south of the county - home to some of the Pilgrim fathers and "mother" to your great city.  In fact our football team is known as the Pilgrims and it is the Lincoln City team which is known as the Imps, after the carvings of an imp in Lincoln cathedral.


If you or anyone from your club should ever travel to the UK we should be delighted to show you around.


Jeanne:    We are different from Lincoln, IL.  We are a small town (website is   If you look north of Chicago, you can probably find Lake Forest or Deerfield.  We are just west of those two towns.   Your offer of showing us around is very kind.  My book club is planning a trip to England in a year and a half; so don't be surprised if you hear from me.