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

The Lincolnshire Garden Club

“Getting Dirty since 1958”

The Flower Press

                                     Lincolnshire, Illinois                                                                           June 2012

"Summer Solstice"

Annual Garden Walk and Membership Picnic

Thursday, June 21, 2012

9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Various Members' Homes and North Park, Lincolnshire

The Lincolnshire Garden Club cordially invites you to attend our Annual Garden Visits and Membership Picnic.

Join fellow members as we mark the culmination of our 2011-2012 Garden Club year.  Walk about on this summer solstice and enjoy the visions of gardens that employ the rest of winter only to swell in the summer sun.  Reflect on all the accomplishments of this outstanding club!

9:30am GARDEN VISITS  (All garden visits are self-guided; No registration required)
This year we feature three inspiring residential gardens in Lincolnshire.
Check your membership directory for specific addresses
(or the Members Only page of our web site).

Jeanne Top
She calls her yard a “work in progress”.  Sounds like the words of a true gardener.  Stroll through Jeanne’s lovely gardens and enjoy a newly built fire pit and hear about her tribulations of removing Buckthorn.

Sandy Kalas
Stroll through Sandy’s gardens and feel as if you have been whisked away to a cottage on Nantucket.  The pond setting is home to a spectacular carefree display. An artist’s palate indeed!

Evie Belzer
Serene...relaxing...well manicured gardens is what awaits you right next door.  Leisurely stroll through Evie’s gardens reflecting the landscape design in summer splendor.

11:00am PICNIC (at North Park, Lincolnshire)
After enjoying the three gardens, please join us down the street at North Park in Lincolnshire for a delicious picnic lunch. Our members really know how to cook! We will be gathering at the pavilion.

A Message from our President, Linda Berryman

Got dirt?

There is no doubt you do, and you are busy these days living by our club’s new tag line “Getting dirty since 1958.”   You are shopping the nurseries; preparing the soil; transplanting and dividing; swapping with or accepting plants from others; pulling weeds and invasives; well, you are just being busy getting dirty.   That’s what I love about gardeners, and that’s what I love about all of you.   You are busy doing, getting dirty, taking on challenges, always learning, taking risks with something new, and moving on to the next creative project.  The best part is you do all of this for our club as well!

The Lincolnshire Garden Club is full of doers, and as president of this organization that makes me truly blessed.   Thank you to each and every one of you for helping this club continue to be such a generous community supporter and educator.   I am truly grateful to each of you who have given so much of your time and talents this year, and for some, for many years.   As I get to know some of you better, and the community better, I know how lucky the club is to have you.   In and out of your garden, I deeply appreciate all you do.   Jan Stefans always said, “It’s time to get those hands dirty.  There’s magic in the dirt!”   Well, I would have to add  …and in you!   Thanks for getting those hands dirty!

Enjoy your summer in your garden!   I look forward to seeing you all at the picnic, Weed and Wine events, field trips and around our lovely community!

Garden Therapy Spring Event

Garden Therapy will be planting annuals in planters at the Riverside Foundation with residents on Sunday, 3 June 2012 at 1:30 pm (rain date Tuesday, 5 June 2012, without residents).  This is a barrier free event, bring your hand trowel and gloves, it will take about an hour to plant the annuals.  These annuals offer a colorful display in planters that are around the parking area and around a back patio with walking path that was designed by our own Garden Designers Joan Keyes and Linda Johnson, the planters look great even after the first frost in fall. 

Thank you to all the members who signed up at the May meeting for this event.  We still need a few more people to help with this event.  Let us know if you can join us at this rewarding event.

Call Kathleen Abdo  or Meg Zimmermann or email

Weed and Wine

Our first Weed and Wine of the year will be next Friday, June 8th at Eve Jacobs' home (weeding at 4:00 pm, wining at 6:00 pm).  Eve is usually a very active gardener who is currently sidelined with knee issues.  She could really use weeding and pruning help (and she might need some plants divided and new homes found for the divisions).  Eve will have her gardening tools available, but please feel free to bring your own favorite tools.  Eve's home address and directions to her home were listed in an email sent to members.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Weed and Wine, it is a program we started last year where every couple of weeks throughout the gardening season we get together to help a fellow member with gardening chores for a couple of hours followed by an hour or so of socializing over wine and appetizers.  The program has been wildly successful both in terms of the work accomplished in a short amount of time--the adage of "many hands make light work" certainly applies--as well as the fun getting to know other members better.  You do not need to be an experienced gardener to attend.  As a matter of fact, it is a great opportunity for newer gardeners to learn from more experienced gardeners as well as possibly bring home some plant divisions to add to your own garden.  If you have any general questions about the program, contact Jeanne Top.  If you have specific questions about the event at Eve's house, contact Eve.

Plant Sharing

As gardeners, we are always looking to add plants to our gardens or get rid of some that have taken over more space than we originally planned for them.  Before spending money on new plants, or tossing the unwanted ones, why not look to your fellow garden club members.  In order to facilitate sharing among members, we are trying out a new program.  Members can email the editor of the Newsletter the plants they are looking for or plants they want to give away.  Then, every week or so, the editor will send out an email with a list of plants needed or available.  The list will include the member's name who is making the request or offering the plants so that other members can contact that member directly (consult the Yearbook or Member's Only page for contact information).   If you are getting plants from another member, remember to bring a shovel for digging and pots or plastic to transport the plants home.

Here is our first list:

Judy Jenner is looking for the following:  Zig Zag Goldenrod, May Apples, Wild Columbine, Woodland Phlox, Persicaria Virginiana (Painter's Palette) and Bee Balm.

Jeanne Top has the following plants available:  yellow Bearded Iris, several different colors of Bee Balm (also known as Monarda, Wild Bergamot, Horsemint and Oswego Tea), purple Siberian Iris, Oregano,  and Rubeckia (Black-eyed Susans).

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 Kim Bisk.

Tell me a little about your family.  You and your husband work together.  How did that come about?  Do you have any children?

My husband and I met in the restaurant industry, and while listening to people say: How boring catering menus are… we decided to start a business on our own by creating personalized menus for small, medium and large events. That’s when Kim & Ellory’s Kitchen, Inc. was born… We have 5 children all together.  I have three girls, 2 of them already on their own in Rome, Italy, and the youngest Henriette, already in College… While Ellory, has a boy and a girl, Austin and Taylor also, grown up and on their own…

How long have you and your family lived in Gurnee?

My husband and children already were in the Gurnee area when we got married, so the reasonable thing to do was to move to Gurnee.  So my daughter Henriette and I moved from Highland Park in 2005.

What do you like about Gurnee?

I love everything North of Chicago from Evanston where I went to high school, all the way up to Gurnee, where we bought a beautiful home, an old farm house with a 4 floor silo attached.

What made you decide to join the Garden Club?

My mother-in-law was part of the Lincolnshire Garden club.  She invited me to a couple of the events, and I found a warm welcome from all of the members and great input on gardening.  The group is so serious about learning, sharing information and helping the community.  I just loved it.

Has it been what you expected it to be?

Yes, and more.  I’ve learned so much from all of the presentations, field trips, and meetings.  The amount of activities organized by the club are overwhelming, and even with my busy schedule, I am always able to attend some…

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

Recognizing the plants, since I’m not originally from this area.  I have almost an acre and it is a lot to deal with, but I’m doing a little at a time… Baby steps…

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

Totally… I am starting to design different areas with the advice of club members and with all I’m learning in the presentations…

Of what help could the Garden Club be to you?

All of the above…

Who is your biggest gardening inspiration?

Right now my mother-in-law.  She is the one who’s always bringing me new ideas, and we really share all of the gardening tips … But my real inspiration was my grandmother.  She loved her garden, and even though she always had a gardener, she took personal care of all her plants.  And I remember like a picture frame, her gorgeous gardens…

What is your favorite plant?

All of them… Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in the spring are the ones I enjoy the most because of the long winter…

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

Talk to your plants… They are always good listeners…

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.

Upcoming Field Trip

The Gate House Gardens at Craig Bermann Landscape Design, Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Join us as we stroll the various gardens, pool, and buildings on this magnificent Lake Forest estate.

Two years ago Craig moved here to what used to be part of the old Elawa Farm property. He now calls this place home and the headquarters of his design offices.

There amongst the old historic buildings, in a short amount of time, he transformed the property, created magnificent gardens with a style and beauty of design unique to what is called “Craig’s Style”.

Be sure to bring your camera and notepad! You won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity. There is something here for every gardener.

This event is open to members and friends, so be sure to invite a friend!

: 1
0:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m--Note:  meet at Plaza at 9:45 a.m. (see directions below)

COST:    $2 Members $5 Non-members
                The fee for this event goes to support the Open Lands of Lake Forest

CAR POOLING: Is a must - at least 4 per vehicle – so call your gal pals and get it together!  
Don’t have a ride contact Eve and she will get you one!

: Upon arriving, check in with Eve Jacobs with names of attendees and monies.

RSVP to Eve by June 7, 2012
:  This is a must!   We need both your and your guest's names. 

            The Gate House Gardens at Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc.
            located on N. Waukegan Rd. in Lake Forest, between Rte. 176 and Rte. 60
1065 Acorn Trail, Lake Forest, IL 60045  Click for MAP

            From the intersection of Rte. 60 & Waukegan Road:
  • Head north on Waukegan Rd. and proceed 1.2 miles to the traffic light at Middlefork Rd.
  • Turn Left (West) on Middlefork Rd. (the entrance to Elawa Farm)
  • Turn Left at the first street, Acorn Trail, at the corner of the Middlefork Savanna.
  • You will see the 1065 mailbox as the road begins to curve.
  • Park along the shoulder of the road closest to the savanna. Please do not park or drive on the driveway.
  • By foot, proceed up the driveway at the 1065 mailbox.
  • The drive continues past the 2-story red brick home that fronts Acorn Trail, and winds to the entry plaza with the painted iron gates.
  • The tours will start at the entry plaza.


Mr. Craig Bergmann, ASLA, is a registered landscape architect, garden designer, plantsman and lecturer. His award-winning work has been featured in several books including Rosemary Verey's The American Man's Garden, Mary Riley Smith's The Front Garden, Susan McClure's, Midwest Garden Design, and Page Dickey's book Inside Out: Relating Garden to House, as well as in Garden Design, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Traditional Home, Midwest Living, Fine Gardening and Horticulture magazines. Also, Craig and his own garden were featured on the PBS television series, The Victory Garden in 1998 and on the Garden Conservancy Tours in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004 & 2005.

Craig is the editor of the book, Midwestern Landscaping, which is widely available in bookstores. It is a comprehensive and practical guide for gardening in our region.

Craig has been gardening for a very long time. His father gave him a garden as a present for his fifth birthday and he has been gardening ever since. It was here that the gardening seeds were sown.

For more information:

36th Charitable Benefit – A Great Success!

Thanks to everyone who came to our benefit this year and contributed to its success.  The event brought in 20% more than last year’s benefit, with a net income of $9,500.  The live and silent auctions did very well, each bringing in about $2,800.  Cash & carry ($913), wine bags ($600), raffle ($535), and bakery ($454) also did well.  Ticket sales were great, with over one hundred guests attending.

Special thanks to the hard working committee who gave so much of their personal time to make this event exceptional: Kathleen Abdo, Dimitra Alexakos, Mary Lou Bartlett, Linda Berryman, Kelly DuPont, Janice Hand, Judy Jenner, Joan Keyes, Lisa Lewis, Linda Lutz, Cheryl Mitchell, Rick Sanders, Jan Stefans, Ellen Strauss, Barb Tolbert, and Hazel Weaver.

Support our Sponsors

As you all know, our 36th Annual Benefit was a big success. And part of that success is directly attributable to the wonderful items donated by our Business Sponsors.

Whenever possible, if you could support these sponsors in your day-to-day purchases, and even say "I'm shopping with you because you supported the Lincolnshire Garden Club," it would go a long way to encouraging these businesses to be generous to us again in the future. Thank you for your consideration.   Below are our Business Sponsors  (Address and contact information for our Business Sponsors can be found by clicking on the Donors in the menu bar on our website Home page.):

White Flower Farm

Bluestone Perennials

Brent and Becky's Bulbs

Select Seeds

Sam Services

Zone 4 Magazine

Chalet Nursery

Hawthorn Gardens

American Horticultural Society

Country Gardens Magazine

Gardener's Supply Company

DiRienzo Garden Designs

The Mulch Center

Chicago Botanic Garden

John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds

The Van Engelen Flower Bulb Company

Le Beaute Hair Studio & Day Spa


Michael Donavan Handcrafted Glassware

Fine Gardening

Johnny's Selected Seeds

The Care of Trees

Autumn Tree

Davey Tree Expert Company

Prairie Crossing Learning Farm

Duzey Family Chiropractic

Philly G's Restaurant

The Spice House

Didier Farms

Liz Lee Flowers

Highland Park Hospital Health and Fitness Center


Julie Walsh

Garden Gate Magazine

Go Roma, Lincolnshire

Ravinia Festival

Chicagoland Gardening Magazine

N. Henry & Son, Inc.

Amateur Gardener Quiz, Submitted by Hazel Weaver

You have all heard lots about the Master Gardener Program.  We have several members in our club who are respected for their extensive knowledge and ability to pronounce Latin plant names.  But how do you know if YOU are fully fledged member of the Amateur Gardeners???

Here are my 7 signs:
1) You start looking for an iPhone app called "Weed or Not" (how awesome would that be!!)
2) Anything that looks pretty gets counted as a flower anyway.
3) Hostas (and anything else that grows in shade with no maintenance) are your favorites.
3) Natives are people in grass skirts on tropical islands.
4) Halfway through weeding the garden you wish you were wearing a grass skirt on a tropical island.
5) Today, keeping your manicure takes precedence over weeding.
6) You believe that there is a pair of gloves out there that will save your manicure when weeding
7) You blow on the dandy-lions to make a wish that your lawn did not have so many dandy-lions