The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
June 2008


Year-end Gathering

Garden Visits, Membership Picnic and Plant Exchange

Thursday, June 5th


Three Garden Visits 

9:30 am – 11:30 am

·      Jan Stefans    18 Lancaster Lane, Lincolnshire

From Half Day Rd, take Riverwoods Rd. south to Yorkshire (stoplight), turn west on Yorkshire.  18 Lancaster is at the end of Yorkshire, where it becomes Lancaster.

Stroll through Jan’s lovely gardens and enjoy the many recycled treasures that provide interest among the beautiful plants.

·      Ann Maine    23 Berkshire Lane, Lincolnshire

From Riverwoods Rd, take Buckingham Place east to end at Portshire.  Turn right on Portshire and follow curve of road to Berkshire, turn right, Ann’s house is on the right.

Ann’s gardens are designed to appreciate nature and the natural landscape of her property.  She has a garden that highlights many native plants, a back natural landscape

to encourage wildlife visits, and is currently adding a fountain to her front garden.

·      Cheryl Mitchell    31 Dukes Lane, Lincolnshire

Just south of Ann’s house, Berkshire ends at Dukes Lane.  Turn right on Dukes Lane and go a short distance to a “T” in the road, turn left and it is the second house on the left.

Venture into the backyard and around to the patio and gazebo, where Cheryl is working to create a colorful, relaxing garden space.

 

Membership Picnic and Plant Exchange

11:30 - North Park, Lincolnshire

Take Riverwoods Rd. north.  North Park will be on the east side of the road, just past Banner Day Camp and south of Everett Rd.

We will be gathering near the concession stand for a delicious lunch and plant exchange.  For the plant exchange, consider bringing annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, bulbs, seeds and houseplants.  Transplant in a plastic pot a few days in advance and water well.  Label with name of plant, sun or shade and moisture requirements, bloom time and any other pertinent information such as mature size.

Contact Cheryl Mitchell, 847-317-0419, with any questions.

From the President’s Desk

Jan Stefans, President

 

For my first official act as President, I would like to thank the 50th Anniversary Committee for a job well done.  The luncheon was a splendid affair with attention paid to every detail.  Please join me in giving "kudos" to Nancy Fedderman, Barb Gilman, Joan Keyes, Merle Lynch, Elaine Petersen, and Char Schwan.

 

Ann Maine, Cheryl Mitchell, and I have been planting, transplanting, building a water feature, and weeding our little hearts out in preparation for the June 5th garden walk.  Come see how "June is bustin" out all over...” After our picnic lunch and the dedication of the garden statue at North Park, we will be voting on the 2008/09 budget and our recently revised bylaws.  A copy of the proposed budget can be found on page 3.  For those of you who didn’t receive an electronic copy of the revised of the bylaws, we will have copies available at the picnic.

 

I am still collecting membership forms for the 2008-2009 year.  In addition, I will be happy to collect anyone’s $45 donation check for our fall Benefit.  In June, Linda Berryman is taking over as Membership Chair; so if you intend to bring your checks to the picnic, introduce yourself to Linda, the cute blond formerly from Michigan.

TO BE OR NOT TO BEE

By Ellen Strauss

Honeybees pollinate more than 130 food crops as well as your backyard flowers. There are 3,500 species of bees in North America.  As you may know, Honey Bees (Apis Mellifera) seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate, but no one knows exactly why.  This phenomenon has been dubbed “Colony Collapse Disorder.” It could be due to a virus, mites, loss of habitat, or pesticides.  Scientists are having a problem, figuring out what’s wrong with the bees and how to help them. They want to know more about the bee populations, and their whereabouts.

The University of Illinois is enlisting volunteers to report bee sighting in Illinois, through a new Bee Spotter Web site.  Monitoring bees should be fun, interesting, easy and very helpful. You can participate in the beespotting program by simply setting up an account at: http//beespotter.mste.uiuc.edu\ (do not use the www).  To report the bee, you will need to photograph it, give the date and location. The web site is mainly interested in Honey Bees and Bumblebees (Bombus spp.).  You can help the bee population by growing nectar rich plants and refraining from using insecticides.  Bees prefer blue, purple, and yellow flowers with bright petals. They are most attracted to short-tube, or no tube flowers. Doubles flower forms, and those extensively bred, ie. Marigolds, Dahlias, Daffodils, and Petunia are not attractive to bees.

Some people mistake Yellow Jackets  (Paravespula germanica) for Honey Bees. Honey Bees are furry with yellow and black stripes, have pollen baskets on their legs, and travel from flower to flower, They have a one-time stinger and then they die. Only the females have stingers and use them for defense only. Yellow jackets are yellow and black striped also, but they are shiny. The nuisance ones that are hanging around the garbage and your picnic are yellow jackets.  They have repeat stingers, are aggressive, and are wasps, not bees.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to our own Dawn Anderson for being named Volunteer of the Year for School District 103.  This award recognizes Dawn’s extensive contribution of her time and energy to many different school activities.  With the school district’s fundraising extravaganza just completed, Dawn is now focusing her many talents into organizing our fall Benefit.  Be sure to congratulate Dawn on her award and volunteer to help her with our Benefit.


 

2008-2009 FINAL BOARD-APPROVED BUDGET

REVENUES:

 

Annual benefit / auction

$ 7,500

Dividend income

1,100

Half-a-Chance

100

Membership Dues

1,575

TOTAL REVENUES

$10,275

 

 

EXPENSES:

 

Newsletter

$    375

Yearbook

125

Treasurer

100

Corresponding Secretary

200

Historian

100

Insurance

400

Publicity

100

President

100

GCI / District IX

600

Community Beautification

200

Garden Therapy

500

Grants / Allocations

4,000

Long-term Project Reserves

1,125

All other expenses

350

TOTAL NON-PROGRAM EXPENSES

$8,275

 

 

PROGRAM EXPENSES:

 

General Meetings

$  900

Hospitality & Flowers

650

Spring Luncheon

700

TOTAL PROGRAM EXPENSES

$2,250

 

 

NET PROFIT / LOSS

($250)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calendar Corner

                       

 

June 5                          End-of-the-Year Picnic

 

June 19                        Board Meeting – 9:15 a.m. – Lincolnshire Village Hall

 
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Flower Press

Jeanne Top, Editor

14532 River Oaks Drive

Lincolnshire, IL   60069


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