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

General Meeting and Program

March 20, 2008

What’s New in 2008?

Presented by April Meyers



Vernon Area Public Library

9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – Business Meeting

10:30 a.m. – Program

Hospitality Committee:

Chairwoman:  Kathleen Young-Perkins

Committee:  Nancy Bruzzini, Anne Gilna, Marj Lundy and Jeanne Top


Want the newest and best for your 2008 garden?  April Meyers is a retired Horticulturist who continues to teach and lecture for the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  She’ll share with us some new perennials and annuals for 2008.  What a great way to get your garden started this growing season and maybe there will be a few samples as well.

From the President’s Desk

Elaine Petersen, President


“For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone.

The flowers appear on earth: The time of singing has come.”

Song of Solomon  2:11-12


According to my calendar, Spring begins on March 20, but has anyone told Mother Nature?  Regardless of the weather, please join us at the Library on the First Day of Spring to hear April Meyers tell us about the new perennial and annual introductions for 2008.  In addition, Eve Jacobs and the Allocations Committee will present their proposal for 2008 Allocations for your vote of approval. The Nominating Committee, chaired by Kathy Swager has completed their task and will announce the slate of executive officers for 2008-2009.

The Fiftieth Anniversary Committee met at the Ivanhoe Club and, after a judicious tasting session, decided on a delicious entrée for our Spring Luncheon. You will soon be receiving your invitation to the Spring Luncheon and I encourage you to invite a friend to share join us on this special day.

Mark your calendar for our “Field Trip” to Pasquesi’s on Thursday, April 10th. Enjoy these waning days of winter by studying those colorful gardening books and magazines and formulating great new ideas for your perfect garden this year. I found some neat ideas in the Chicagoland Gardening Magazine that our speaker, Carolyn Ulrich, distributed at our February meeting.  So though winter still has us snowbound we can make plans and dream of an exciting joyous spring.




At March's General Meeting, Jan Stefans will be happy to collect your 2008-2009 membership dues and also your 2008 Benefit donation (if you are donating with a check).  Please have separate checks made payable to The Lincolnshire Garden Club.  Thank you.


Slate for 2008-2009

The Nominating Committee, consisting of Kathleen Young-Perkins, Ann Maine, Hope May, Jeanne Top and Kathy Swager, Chairman, have met and are proud to announce the 2008-2009 slate of officers for the Lincolnshire Garden Club.  The candidates are:

President- Jan Stefans

Vice President Benefit- Dawn Anderson

Vice President Programs- Cheryl Mitchell

Vice President Allocations- Eve Jacobs

Recording Secretary- Hope May

Corresponding Secretary- Hazel Weaver

Treasurer- Kathleen Hamilton

The slate will be formally announced at the March general meeting.  It will be voted on by the membership at the April general meeting and the new board becomes active at the May board meeting, where the old board turns over responsibilities to the new one.  The Installation of Officers occurs at the May general meeting and luncheon.



RECYCLED WOOLS:  Adriana and Jan are working on felting projects for the benefit.  We need cast-off, 95-100% hand washed wool sweaters. They do not need to be in good condition; shrunken, stained, and holey are ok. If you have any donations, Jan would be happy to pick up.  Please call 847-945-6575 or e-mail

CONTACT INFORMATION:  We are looking for names and addresses of former Garden Club members so that we can invite them to our Anniversary Luncheon.  Please send info to Elaine Petersen or Char Schwan.



By Chairwoman Eve Jacobs

The Allocations Committee met on January 29, 2008.  Present and voting were Kathleen Hamilton, Eve Jacobs, Diane Rycerz, Mary Spiewak and Meg Zimmerman.  On Thursday, February 7, 2008 the Board has approved the following proposed Allocations for 2008. The general membership will vote on this proposal at the March 13 General Meeting and the monies distributed at the April meeting.

  • University of Illinois Extension   $600    5 pop-up tents for Master Gardener Plant Sale & Public Relations Events for Extension - $120 ea.
  • University will match funds so 10 tents will be purchased. Signage on tents can say provided by Lincolnshire Garden Club.
  • Riverside Foundation   $350   Install a Late Summer & Autumn Garden
  • Vernon Area Library   $750   Contribution towards a Red Sunset Maple Tree 2.5 inch caliper size and 9-10 feet in height for Earth Day Fair 4-27-08. Total cost $1100. Garden Club to be recognized in newsletter and tree-planting ceremony.
  • Chicago Botanic Garden  $1,000   Science First Program, 4wk. Summer camp grades 8-10 from underserved Chicago Public schools - supplies needed include scientific journals to record fieldwork, water & soil testing kits, collecting and testing equipment, hip waders, etc.
  • Habitat for Humanity  $200  Gardening Together Educational Program; instructional sessions through partnership with Illinois Cooperative Extension to provide classes to include inspiring & educational power point presentations. Cost of instructional materials to use year after year. Create small library of material for use with families & children, Books and supplies.  Field trip to Botanic Garden for groups of families; our donation will help offset cost.
  • Depke Juvenile Center   $300 Pond, $300 Shed, $190 Supplies for Indoor Winter Gardening Program, $520 Supplies for Outdoor Summer Gardening Program   Depke Total allocations $1,310.

Grand Total $4,210 spent.   Budgeted Allocations amount was $4,725.  Remaining amount of $515 will be used for future allocations during 2008.



Calendar Corner


March 20                    General Meeting – 9:30 a.m. – Vernon Area Public Library


March 31                    Articles due for April newsletter


April 3                                    Board Meeting – 9:15 a.m. – Lincolnshire Village Hall


April 17                      General Meeting – 9:30 a.m. – Vernon Area Public Library


April 24                      Articles due for May newsletter


May 1                         Board Meeting – 9:15 a.m. – Lincolnshire Village Hall