The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
June 2009

June Garden Walk and Picnic

Please join us in visiting two beautiful gardens in Lincolnshire

June 18, 2009, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Picnic  immediately following at North Park


We are in for a wonderful treat this year!  We will be visiting gardens from two of our newest members, Dimitra Alexakos and Lisa Lewis.  I have enjoyed spending time with each of them  talking about their gardens, and the visions they have for their yards, which is of course, ever changing.  As with all of us they keep splitting and moving plants to add to the beauty. Even though they both live on Nottingham Drive in Lincolnshire we will be treated to two different styles.

Dimitra Alexakos        3 Nottingham Drive    When Dimitra first saw her home, she fell in love with the slate walkway in the front yard.  That was almost six years ago.  She continues to tweak and add to the front garden that was professionally landscaped by the previous owners.  The back and side yards are her venue. She started with a vision for a fern garden, and has learned to include a beautiful mix of shade perennials when the ferns didn’t grow as she had hoped. She expanded from their around the back and side yards.

P.S.  Dimitra would love some perennial ideas to add to her wet, sunny garden spot near her mailbox.

Lisa Lewis    16 Nottingham Drive

Lisa Lewis has lived in her home for five years.  When she and her family moved in, the backyard garden was placed in one area right next to the patio.  She had a vision of an open backyard.  This began with the installation of a new brick patio, then moving the garden plants around the edge of the backyard to enjoy the whole space.  In the front, there were sun perennials in the all shade yard that looked very sad, so she has been working on removing those and planting shade loving plants.  She calls her yard a “work in progress.”  Sounds like the words of a true gardener to me.  Also, don’t miss the moat around their house made by their wonderful dog, Buddi.

After enjoying the two gardens, please join us at North Park for a picnic lunch and plant exchange.

From the President’s Desk

Jan Stefans, President

Take time to smell the roses and the rest of the flowers in your garden this summer.  It's the pay off for all your hard work putting in the garden!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the garden club board members for their hard work this year in garden club matters.  I am thrilled that so many board members are returning for another term.  And to all of you many thanks for my wonderful garden club sign given to me at the May Luncheon.  I invite you all to come and see it .  Please feel free to stop by any time, if I am not home walk the gardens on your own. 

Have a terrific summer---and remember there is magic in the dirt...Jan


Publicity Chair.  Become a member of the Lincolnshire Garden Club Team

Qualifications:  computer skills, put to use once a month advertising our garden club happenings (e-mail contacts already established)

Availablility, 1st thursday of the month 9:15-11:30a.m., to put in your two cents.


Contact:  Jan by phone 847-945-6575 or  email


Bake Shop Chair for the Benefit (November 6th, 7-10 p.m).  This is a short-term responsibility the week of the Benefit. Kathleen Abdo and Kathleen Young-Perkins are past Chairs, but your name does not have to be Kathleen!  I am sure they would be happy to answer all your questions regarding this very fine and necessary position.



·      Electronic Recycling:  Tuesdays and Fridays 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The City of Highland Park municipal building, 1180 Half Day Road.


·      Disposal of old major appliances:  Environmental Field Services, 800-480-4337.  This service will collect appliances for a fee that is much lower than the fee Waste Management charges.


·      Chicago Botanic Gardens Recycling Program.  June 6-7, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  They will accept clean #2, #5 and #6 garden pots, containers, polystyrene cell packs and trays.


Send addition Going Green ideas and suggestions to Jeanne at