The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
June 2007

General Meeting and Program

June 7, 2007

Membership Picnic, Plant Exchange and Garden Walk

Hope May’s Home

1355 Lakewood Drive, Lake Forest

Lunch – 11:30 a.m.

Business Meeting – 12:15 p.m.

Plant Exchange – to follow meeting


This year’s annual membership picnic will be held at the home of Hope May at 11:30 am.  Begin the day at 9:30 a.m.  with a tour of the gardens of members Nancy Fedderman (3 Robinhood Court, Lincolnshire) and Ellen Straus (33 Cumberland Drive, Lincolnshire), and the gardens at the Riverside Foundation (Elm and Half Day Road).  After lunch and the business meeting, Diane Rycerz will conduct the plant exchange.  Rules for the exchange are included in this newsletter.  If you have any questions regarding the plant exchange, call Diane at (847) 549-6429.


Directions to Hope’s home:

North on Riverwoods Road to the stop sign at Everett Rd.  Turn right (east) on Everett and cross I-294.  Turn left on Oak Knoll and then right onto Lakewood (a short distance).  1355 is the fourth house on the right.  Oak Knoll is before the train station and Waukegan Road - cross them and you've gone too far. You can contact

Hope at (847) 735-1028.

From the President’s Desk

Elaine Petersen, President


“When in these fresh mornings, I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness.  In this hour divinely fresh and still, the fair face of every flower salutes me with a silent joy that fills me with infinite content; each gives me its color, its grace, its perfume, and enriches me with the consummation of its beauty.”   Celia Thaxter (1835-1894).  I think Miss Thaxter expresses perfectly how the true gardener feels when she takes that early morning walk, surveying each flower, rejoicing in the new day.  For me, June particularly is my favorite month to fully enjoy the unbelievable wonder of nature. Fragrant dew kissed old fashioned roses, stalwart iris and blousy peonies cause my heart to sing.  It’s the beginning of a perfect day.


And wasn’t our Spring Luncheon a perfect day?  Everything was just perfect; beautifully  organized by Nina Peterson.  What a joy to see former members and guests.  Mark your calendar now for our Fiftieth Anniversary Luncheon on May 15, 2008 at Exmoor Country Club.  It will be the best!


Congratulations to the new Executive Board.  We will have a combined meeting of new and former board on June 14 at the Village Hall to plan our upcoming year.  Please attend. 


Mark your calendar for our Garden Tour, Membership Picnic and Plant Exchange on June 7.  Rise and shine and plan on a beautiful day.  The Gardens will be open at 9:30! 


Look for us in the Lincolnshire Fourth of July parade.  You can’t miss Lorraine Jette`s red Corvette!   


And finally, have a wonderful happy and safe summer.  Enjoy your garden.  I’ll see you in September.





Please hold May 15, 2008 for our Club’s 50 year celebration.


The Golden Anniversary Committee met and is working on a wonderful fun celebration for our 50 year anniversary.  We are looking for ideas/suggestions from you.  Please send them to any of the committee members who are: Nancy Feddermann, Barb Gilman, Joan Keyes, Merle Lynch, Elaine Petersen and Char Schwan.


This and That

The Garden Club Quilters have been working on their quilt for this fall’s Benefit.  This year they are creating a very colorful and whimsical ABC quilt.  If you are interested in joining the Quilters or would like more information,  please contact Connie Conklin (847) 945-3805.


Plant Exchange Rules

Bring one, take one. Place plant in plastic pot. Label with name of plant,  sun or shade and moisture requirements, bloom time and any other pertinent information such as mature size.


Summer Vacations

By Mary Spiewak


Despite the high prices of gasoline, I hope that you are planning to do some traveling in the U.S.A. this summer.  If you are, I’ve listed some beautiful gardens that you should try to add to your itinerary if at all possible.  All of our 50 states have an abundance of beautiful gardens; I’ve listed just a small sampling.  I’ve tried to give some that are located close to Illinois that would make a nice weekend trip without spending a fortune on gas (ok, maybe a small fortune). I have visited all of them and I highly recommend you stop by if you are in their neighborhood.  Some gardens have reciprocal agreements with our Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG), so if you show your CBG membership card, you are given free admission and usually discounts at their shops.  Never leave home without your membership card!



Superior:  Boyce Thompson Arboretum

55 miles east of Phoenix, 90 miles north of Tucson.  37615 U.S. Hwy 60 Superior AZ  

(520) 689-2811

A fabulous arboretum in a gorgeous desert setting.  Definitely worth a visit.  Great for birding too, so take your binoculars.  Entrance fee.


Phoenix:  Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix AZ


A great garden to get up close to the many varieties of cacti.  Don’t get too close!  During the summer, go in the cooler morning hours.  Free with your CBG card.



Sanibel:  Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

This has more than 6400 acres of Mangrove forest.  Definitely a must see if you are in that area.  And since it is a wildlife refuge you get that bonus too!  Fees for some areas.



St. Paul:  Como Park Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr. St. Paul, MN

(651) 487-8200

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory should not be missed.  They have the most beautiful displays.  This is where my parents used to take me when I was growing up.  It is located next to the zoo, which is also a great place to visit.  I have many fond memories of both places.  Admission is free to all.


Duluth:  Enger Tower Park 

16th Ave. West and Skyline Drive, Duluth, MN  (218) 723-3300

Located high on a bluff overlooking Duluth and Lake Superior.   A great opportunity to see how hardy plants can be.  They are in USDA hardiness zone 3b.  Unbelievable what they grow!  Really great shade gardens.  Free.



St. Louis:  Missouri Botanic Garden

4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis MO

(800) 642-8842.

If you haven’t been here, what are you waiting for?  It’s a 6 hour drive from home.  It was started back in the mid-1850s.  Plan to spend the better part of the day.  Free with your CBG card.


North Carolina

Ashville:  Biltmore Estate

1 Approach Rd.  Ashville, NC

(800) 624-1575. 

Not only are the gardens to die for, but you get to visit one of our countries most beautiful estates.  This place is big and it’s fun to see.  Entrance is $38 - $42 which includes the house, gardens, winery, farm, everything.



Portland:  Portland Rose Garden

850 SW Rose Garden Way Portland OR

(503) 227-7033. 

The International Rose Test Garden has over 10,000 plantings.  It’s truly a one of a kind experience.  Don’t forget to notice the size of the trees.  They are huge in that part of our country!  Entrance is free.



Hales Corners:  Boerner Botanical Gardens

9400 Boerner Dr. Hales Corners, WI

(414) 525-5600. 

No excuses, this is in our own backyard and is worth the quick hour trip up there.  Just west of Milwaukee.


Enjoy the Day!





Have a Great summer!



Calendar Corner


June 7                                          Garden Tour, 9:30 a.m., and Membership Picnic, 11:30 a.m.

June 14                                          Board Meeting – 9:15 a.m. – Village Hall