January 2011 Newsletter

The Lincolnshire Garden Club

“52 Years and Growing”


The Flower Press

Lincolnshire, Illinois                                                                                                  January, 2011




General Meeting and Program

Thursday, January 20, 2011

“The Love and Lure of Spices”

Tom and Patty Erd, owners of Evanston’s The Spice House




Please join the Lincolnshire Garden Club as we add a bit of spice to your New Year!  We are very excited to have as our guest speakers nationally renowned spice experts, Tom and Patty Erd, from Evanston’s The Spice House (www.thespicehouse.com).  They have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe.


So come listen as they share interesting historical facts, anecdotes, and entertaining tales of daring do from the world of spice trade.  Perhaps, like Food Network’s Alton Brown, Bon Appetit’s editor Barbara Fairchild, and the one and only Julia Child, you’ll end up making your own trip to their shop for your next secret ingredient! 


You will also have a chance to sample several of their recipes, courtesy of our hostess committee (Dawn Anderson, Sharon Chamberlain, Katie Chowaniec, Connie Conklin, Karen Westrich and Meg Zimmermann).

Date:                Thursday, January 20th

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

Location:          Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069


Special Deal:  Bring a guest to this meeting and both you and your guest will receive spices for your kitchen!



Message from our President, Jan Stefans

Wow, do we know how to throw a party!  I would like to thank the leadership of our holiday gathering---Beth for her lovely home, Dimitra for her delicious menu, Sharon for her creative tablescapes, the entire hostess committee for their  holiday best dishes, and to Kelly who put it all together (I know she didn't think she did anything, but, she did).  Also, we do know how to share.  The Garden Club's donation to the Lake County Food Pantry was extremely generous. 


As we start the New Year, please consider joining forces with our leadership team.  I want to emphasize the fact that we are a team and not just one person making the decisions or doing all the work.  Over the years I have been priviledge to work with many fine people who I now consider friends.  The nominating committee will be calling with big and little roles for the 2011-2012 year, please tell them “yes.”


I am looking forward to another year of fine programming, great workshops, and fun events with all of you.


Musings of an Old Rose Gardener, Elaine Petersen

January Reprise

Winter has come to stay, announcing its presence with a whistle round the chimney and a rattle at the window. All is muted by a fresh fall of snow. There’s pleasure outdoors in the crisp air; there’s pleasure within, warm by the fireside. During the chill of winter, we seek the warm company of those around us and the companionship of the written word. We read, we write, we communicate, savoring a time of reflection. Bring a favorite book and settle into a well-stuffed armchair. Now is a time to take pleasure in reading and dreaming.


White sky, over the hemlocks bowed with snow

The antlered buck and his doe

Standing in the apple-orchard I saw them.

I saw them suddenly go,

Tail up, with long leaps lovely and slow.

-From “The Buck in the Snow”    Edna St. Vincent Millay


It snowed and snowed, the whole world over;

Snow swept the world from end to end.

A candle burned on the table;

A candle burned.

From “Dr. Zhivago”    Boris Pasternak


Do you remember that lovely film?  Do you remember the scene at the dacha where exquisite ice crystals embroidered the frozen windows?  There was whiteness over all the land.  What a beautiful feast for the imagination.  Soon the winter will be over and we will again rejoice in the essence of spring and rebirth of another garden.  But for now, let us luxuriate in the quiet beauty of winter.



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How Landscaping Plants Contribute to Allergy Problems
Submitted by Janice Hand

The plants we favor are causing large increases in allergy problems in the U.S., according to Tom Ogren, an expert in allergy-free gardening.  Even native plants, which have been manipulated by commercial horticulturalists over the last several decades may be contributors.


Ogren’s arguments are based on significant increases in allergy sufferers.  Allergies have increased from less than 10% of the population to 38% in the course of 30 years (as reported in 1999).  Asthma, too, has reached epidemic proportions. He adds that new data connects heart disease, autism, pneumonia, and reflux disease with over-exposure to pollen and mold spores.


How? Why?

Part of the answer apparently started with the disease-related decline in American elms which were replaced by unisexual-flowered street trees.  Since elms pollinate by insects, they contributed little to pollen counts.  However, the trees planted as replacements do contribute greatly, since most street trees do not flower. (They also do not provide food to bees and butterflies, which also contributed to a decline in these species.)  Ogren says that allow with Dutch elm disease spreading from the eastern to the western U.S., the rise in allergy rates followed that westward march.


The other part of the answer lies in plant selection.  Horticulturalists discovered how to tell the difference between female and male trees, and prefer male plants as “mother plants” to use as scion wood (“starter”) for asexual propagation purposes.  Additionally male trees do not produce messy fruits or seeds that litter landscapes.  But since it’s the male trees that produce pollen – most of which is wind-born – the sheer numbers of these trees contributes to high pollen counts.  (He says that 4 of the 5 most planted street trees today are male clones.)


Tree Pollen’s Reach

Ogren’s research has shown that almost all tree pollen falls within a 30 feet radius of the drip line of the tree. Thus, the closer you are to the tree, the more pollen you inhale. He tells about an elementary school playground that was ringed with shade trees, all male cultivars. At the 4 feet off the ground, tree pollen counts were 60,000 grains per cubic yard of air, meaning that each child on the playground inhaled between 2,000 and 3,000 trains of pollen with each breath.


The solution?

Ogren suggests buying only female trees (and pressuring nurseries about male trees) and working to influence others, such as city park departments and city arborists, about the benefits of planting female trees.


(Source: Wild Ones Journal, Sept-Dec. 2010, “The Right Native Plants in the Right Landscape Means Fewer Allergies,” by Tom Ogren)


Helpful Hints from Janice Hand

Container Fires

We are all looking for combustible color combinations for our container gardens. But did you know that dried out peat moss can be a fire hazard? The February 2011 issue of Garden Gate magazine reported that some home fires have begun in containers with dried out planting mix (which is usually made up of peat moss).  The magazine recommends  keeping containers moist, removing dead plant material, not letting anyone put out cigarettes in the container, and storing bags of peat moss well away from the gas can.


Salt-Tolerant Plants

If salts from wintertime roads are a concern for your gardens, U of I Extension recommends the following perennials as being salt-tolerant:

1.     Astilbe

2.     Boltonia

3.     Catmint

4.     Coreopsis verticillara (‘Moonbeam’)

5.     Daylilies

6.     Echinacea

7.     Iris (esp. Siberian iris)

8.     Liatris

9.     Native grasses (esp. little bluestem, feather reed grass, and pennisetum varieties)

10.   Rudbeckias

11.    Sedum

12.    Yarrow

(Source: Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Jan/Feb. 2011)




A Reminder to all members to check out the great children's camps available at The Botanic Garden:


Welcome to Camp CBG, Where Science, Nature, and Fun meet!

Camp CBG provides exciting and enriching learning experiences for your child, with programs for children ages 2 to 15. The Garden offers weeklong camps each summer with morning, afternoon, and all-day options from June to August.

These fun outdoor camps offer kids in Chicago's north shore suburbs a wide variety of activities that take advantage of the facilities and expertise at the Chicago Botanic Garden. http://www.chicagobotanic.org/camp/summercamp.php


Going Green

  • Christmas tree recycling – If you are unable to reuse your Christmas tree in your yard as a winter haven for birds, the forest preserve will chip up donated trees and use them for landscaping and trails.  Undecorated, live trees are being accepted at Half Day Woods daily from 6:30 am until sunset now through January 31st.
  • Christmas lights and extension cord recycling – SWALCO will collect and recycle any broken or unwanted holiday LED or incandescent lights and extension cords free of charge. The strings of lights can be left intact with the light bulbs still on them.  They will not accept decorative items such as wreaths, lawn figurines, trees, etc. that have strings of lights attached.  They can be dropped off at the City of Highland Park Firearms Training Center (1180 Half Day Rd) Tuesdays and Fridays 7:00 am – 1:00 pm from now until January 28th.  Other times and locations are available on the SWALCO website.
  • Alkaline battery recycling – Batteries Plus (409 Rand Rd, Lake Zurich—the corner of Rts. 12 and 22) accepts used alkaline batteries.  They are open Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.
  • Go Green in 2011:  A New Year’s Resolution for the Whole Family - Lose weight, spend less, exercise more--your typical New Year’s resolutions. There’s nothing wrong with them, but how about adding a little color this year... Green? The beginning of a new year is a great time to re-evaluate your daily habits and “clean up your act” so to speak. Adding some green to your New Year’s focus is good for your health, wallet and wellbeing. It’s something the whole family can get their weight behind, too.  Go to the website to read the rest of the article...http://www.biggreenhead.com/


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 to our new Recycling section on the Lincolnshire Garden Club website (www.lincolnshiregardenclub.com/recyling).  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 20th          General Meeting, 9:30 am, Vernon Area Library


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


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


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


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