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

General Meeting and Program

Thursday, January 19, 2012

“Savvy Garden, Savvy Lawn:  How Smart Americans are

Saving the Planet while Saving Time and Money”

Presented by Sarah Surroz, Liberty Prairie Conservancy


Each New Year brings a fresh start.....a questioning of the old ways. Sarah Surroz will discuss the major transition that lawn and garden practices are undergoing all across the United States. Homeowners are incorporating earth-friendly features into beautiful landscapes and finding simple ways to become a greener gardener. Come and listen as Sarah highlights techniques you can use in your very own yard.

Sarah has been working on land and water conservation projects in Lake County for over 23 years and presently helps to steward a variety of open space properties. She served as Chair of the Bull Creek Watershed Council and served on the board of Chicago Wilderness Magazine. She has a degree in natural resource management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Her yard is officially recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and is certified by the Conservation@Home program.


Date:        Thursday, January 19, 2012

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

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


A Message from Our President, Linda Berryman

Happy 2012!!!


Just like a garden, a new year brings feelings of anticipation.  What will remain the same?  What will change?  What’s new that will take root and grow?  Time will tell, as they say, but what is certain is we will have fun learning and “digging up” the answers in the months to come.  


Make sure you to attend our January 19th meeting when we get a chance to hear the answer to the question “How are smart Americans saving the planet while saving time and money?”  Sarah Surroz, a local wildlife conservation expert, will share some ideas to help us practice conservation in our own backyards.  I’ve heard the saying “Grass is a flower bed waiting to happen.”  But I have a feeling Sarah might have a bit different take on that idea.


Also, at our January meeting, we will share the new items and activities some of our clever and creative members have come up with to offer you this year.  And of course, Joan Keyes, will surely be there to offer another one of her fun educational give-away items too.  That’s what I love about this club… you just never know what fun or good idea will come your way!



Educational Opportunity

Club member Rick Sanders will speak about  "Attracting Birds and Butterflies with Native Plants" at the Home & Garden Club of Libertyville & Mundelein’s next meeting, Thursday, January 19th, 7:00-8:00 pm. 
Location: Spring Meadows Libertyville, 901 Florsheim Dr., Libertyville, IL 60048
For Directions Phone: (847) 816-6644 - - Click Here for a Map.


Rick will review the essentials of Sustainable Landscapes, their benefits for each of us, and what a reduction in turf can mean for us all. In addition, he will also discuss why just any plant won’t due. The birds and butterflies we see here in Northern Illinois have co-evolved with specific plants that are native to this very same area.  Rick will describe these plants and how to use them to attract, feed and provide habitat for birds and butterflies.



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 Suzanne Marie-Aho.  Suzanne, who works in healthcare, lives in both California and Lincolnshire with her husband, Dave, an attorney.  Suzanne has 2 children, her daughter, Michelle, who at 29 works in Chicago and is busy planning her wedding, and her son, Kevin, who is 22 and currently studying medicine in Maryland.


How long have you and your family lived in Lincolnshire?


7 years as a family.


Are you happy in Lincolnshire?


I’m happier in California, but Lincolnshire is second.  (The plants last longer in California.)


What made you decide to join the Garden Club?


I share common interests along with great people and friends from my neighborhood.


Has it been what you expected it to be?


I’m new, but so far I love it and all the creativity.


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


I have learned more about poison ivy than I want to – the hard way.  I’m also afraid of bees.


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


Yes.  The landscape has gone through a metamorphosis – I changed everything.  I now have Knockout Roses everywhere thanks to Evie Belzer.


Of what help could the Garden Club be to you?


Keep helping me identify the Midwest yucky plants like Buckthorn, poison ivy and diseases on trees and plants.


Who is your biggest gardening inspiration?


My grandmother – she taught me everything since I was a tot.  She had a farm.


What is your favorite plant?


Anything that flowers all season and anything edible!


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


I personalize my garden.  Some small statues are symbols of my “kids,” and my husband loves the results.  We often sit outside (with a glass of wine) and enjoy the beauty.  And, cook with herbs!


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. 

How Much Harm Does Ice-Melt Salt do to Plants?  By Janice Hand


According to Horticulture Magazine*, if rock salt (sodium chloride) gets into soil, it can harm plants and rob the soil of nutrients. However, ice-melt products made of potassium chloride, magnesium chloride or calcium chloride are slightly less harmful, since they are less corrosive and contain nutrients that plants can use.


As always, it’s best to carefully follow package instructions. Some general guidelines:

·      Use the least amount possible to get the job done. Start with a small amount, let it completely dissolve and go to work, and then apply more if needed.


·      Apply the product before the snow and ice hit, or just as it starts to snow or sleet. (Again, apply only a small amount.)


·      Don’t bother applying ice melt when temperatures are extremely cold. Rock salt is effective down to 15˚F. Calcium chloride is effective down to 5˚F. There’s no product that will work below 5˚F unless you apply it very, very heavily. In that case, it is better to wait for the temperature to warm up to at least 5˚.


·      Don’t put ice-melt products on top of snow. Shovel or snow blow the snow away first.


·      Shovel or blow snow as soon as possible after a storm before ice has less chance to form. Work in a way that lets you avoid stepping on the snow before you remove it since ice often forms where the snow is compacted.

*12/27/2011 online


From the Garden Planning Department…Asters in Your Garden, by Janice Hand

According the Chicagoland Gardening magazine, gardeners who want late autumn displays of flowers should plant asters. Given that there are literally 100s of species of asters in the US, which ones?  The magazine’s recommendations are:


·      Heart-leaved, white woodland, calico, and crooked-stem asters* for shadier areas, especially those with hostas which are a nice contrast to the asters. (*A. cordifolius, A. divaricatus, A. lateriflorus, and A. prenanthoides)


·      New England asters for sunny areas, especially with a background of purple coneflowers and ironweed. (New England asters – A. novaeangliae – spread easily via reseeding and aromatic asters spread through rhizomes, these are especially good plants to divide and share. Also, note that New England asters actually prefer clay soil!)


·      Heath asters for a sunny walkway border. (Note that heath asters – A. ericoides – prefer gravel soil.)


·      Silky asters (lavender-flowered, A. sericeus) look good among native grasses like little bluestem and prairie dropseed.


For asters that bloom full, cut back tall bloomers (esp. New England asters) starting in late June. Cut the plants back about half way two to three times during late June through late July.


Among the benefits of asters are their attractiveness to butterflies native bumblebees and honeybees. (Migrating monarch butterflies rely on asters as a “last-chance café” during their fall migration.)


(Source: Chicagoland Gardening, Sept/Oct. 2011)