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

The Lincolnshire Garden Club

“Getting Dirty since 1958”

The Flower Press

                                     Lincolnshire, Illinois                                                                                    March 2012

General Meeting and Program

Thursday, March 15, 2012

“Is it Time to Redo Your Garden?”

Presented by Maureen DiRienzo, DiRienzo Garden Designs

Local landscape designer Maureen DiRienzo of Buffalo Grove will speak about how to start the design process from refreshing mature gardens to starting from scratch.  Maureen works with homeowners to make their dreams come true.

Please note:  While the library is being renovated, we are having are meetings at various area locations.  This month, we are at the College of Lake County, Southlake Campus, Room V336 on the 3rd floor.  

Date:  Thursday, March 15, 2012

Time:  Business meeting 9:30am-10:15am; Program 10:30am-11:30am

Location Address:  1120 South Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills, IL  60061

A Message from our President, Linda Berryman

Can you feel it?  Spring is just around the corner.  Yesterday was one of those days when you could feel the change.  I think Mark Twain describes it best…”In the Spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”  Amen!  Yesterday I sat on my porch swing with the sun shining, listening to the birds sing and watching my snowman melt; then the wind began to blow snapping the treetops back and forth; and by late afternoon snow flakes were spitting from a darkened sky onto the ground. Yep!  Spring is all about change, the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Right now in the garden club, it is all about good changes.  The first change I want to remind you about is the change in location again this month for our March 15th meeting.  We will meet at the College of Lake County’s South campus on Milwaukee Avenue just north of Olde Half Day Road.  When you enter the building, turn to your right, take the elevator in front of you up to the third floor.  We will meet in room V336 just ahead of you on the right when you step off the elevator.  Sharon Chamberlain has scheduled a guest speaker who will, of course, talk about change, big or small in our gardens.  Maureen DiRienzo, a landscape designer from Buffalo Grove will ask the question “Is It Time To Redo Your Garden?”  I look forward to listening to her ideas.  I’m sure like myself, you’ve been finding yourself looking out the window at the brown barren yard, and thinking where will I put my shovel first, come that first warm day in my gardening garb.

Oh…gardening garb!  The LGC can help you make a change there too!  I’m so very excited to share with you the hippest, newest gardening attire in… dare I say it… all Chicagoland!  Member Hazel Weaver has brought to market articles of clothing, accessories, and much more with the beautiful Lincolnshire Garden Club trillium design by member Connie Conklin.  Take a look at all the wonderful items you can purchase by going to our website  There you will click the “Shopping” yellow button, and you are on your way to sporting some of the coolest garden garb around.  Want to see some sample items before you buy?  Come to the March 15th meeting, and you can see some samples on our most fashionable LGC models!

See you there!

Benefit News


Club member benefit donations are due by FRIDAY, MARCH 23.  Please contact Kathleen Young-Perkins (847-821-9889) regarding your gift as early as possible this month.  The benefit committee needs to know what items to expect so that they can plan accordingly.  Benefit categories, listed below, may provide some ideas for those of you who are still deciding on what to donate:

  • Landscape services and design

  • Outdoor space enhancers (things beyond the garden – e.g., patio, deck-related)

  • Health, beauty, fitness-related

  • Garden get-a-ways (tours or trips)

  • Gardening supplies

  • Plants (house, perennials)/other planting materials

  • Floral/centerpieces

  • Food/drink

  • Gardening books of special interest

Purchase Your Benefit Tickets Before March 30th!

Get your tickets while they are still available for this not-to-be-missed event!  Take advantage of our special deal for members - four tickets for only $120.  The benefit ticket order form can be found on our website or contact Rick Sanders ( for details.

Allocations Committee’s Recommendations for 2012

This year, the Lincolnshire Garden Club received 13 proposals asking for a total of $31,031 in grants. The Allocations Committee* applied six criteria in deciding which proposals to accept and in what amount. The criteria were established to focus proposals and provide a method to fairly evaluate them.

The six criteria were:

  1. How many people will benefit from the project, directly and indirectly?
  2. Where do those people live/work? (What proportion are Lincolnshire  residents?)
  3. Can the project be split and done in stages if we are unable to fund the entire request?
  4. What resources will the organization use for this project? (Beyond LGC funding.)
  5. How will costs be managed to ensure the most impact?
  6. How/will the Garden Club’s award be publicly recognized/acknowledged?

Nine Awardees


Chicago Botanic Garden


National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank


Eagle Scout/Troop 78

$   500

Renovation of Brushwood garden


Daniel Wright Jr. High

$   250

Native trees on school grounds (3 trees)


Friends of Ryerson Woods


Plant material for renovation of Brushwood garden


Habitat for Humanity, Lake Co.

$   500

Gardening Together Program


Lake Co. Forest Preserves

$   500

Planting bed renovation, Welcome Center


Liberty Prairie Conservancy


Exhibit booth for Conservation@Home


U of I Extension MG Program

$ 1,000

Sustainable Education Edible Display Garden


Vernon Area Library

$ 1,750

Building’s S and SE corner planting renovation


$ 7,500

On March 1, the LGC Board approved the Committee’s recommendations for members’ approval, which means Garden Club members will be asked to approve the recommendations at the March meeting.  Awards will be given to recipients in May.

If approved, the new “grand total” amount that the Lincolnshire Garden Club has given to our community, from 1974 to 2012, will be just shy of $223,000!

*The 2012 Allocations Committee is Mary Lou Bartlett, Connie Conklin, Joan Keyes, Elaine Peterson, Kathleen Young-Perkins, Meg Zimmerman, and Janice Hand-Chair.

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 Barb Tolbert.  Barb settled down in Vernon Hills after years of traveling all over the country as an account manager for Takeda.  She and her husband, John, a project manager for IDEX Holdings Inc., have 3 children:  Jack, 15, is a sophomore at Stevenson, and 10 year old twins, Kyle and Courtney, are 4th graders at Half Day.  They love the outdoors, (they are currently feeling quite cheated by this year’s winter) and have a second home in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

How long have you and your family lived in Vernon Hills?

We moved here 20 years ago from Virginia due to a job transfer.

What do you like about Vernon Hills?

When we moved here, it was a new neighborhood.  The entire area has really developed over the years, and I love the proximity to shops and restaurants and everything you could want.  And the area is very kid-friendly.  Our kids have so many friends in the area.

What made you decide to join the Garden Club?

Linda Berryman invited me to the benefit last year, and I found so many people I already knew.  And, I love gardening.  I have a vegetable garden here and a shade garden at my home in Green Lake.

Has it been what you expected it to be?

Yes.  The theory of it is awesome, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.  I love getting gardening advice.

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

Here my vegetable garden is tiered, so it’s difficult keeping the plants healthy especially mid to late summer.  I need more time to tend to it.  And in Green Lake, my biggest challenge is the deer especially since we are not there every day to keep an eye on things.

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

Yes.  I am a lot more excited about the possibilities for my garden.  And, I’m looking forward to getting more educated.

Of what help could the Garden Club be to you?

I’m looking forward to getting advice about the kind of garden I want to have.

Who is your biggest gardening inspiration?

My father-in-law, Stan, has a vegetable garden in Michigan.  When he and his wife are in the garden, you can see the positive impact it has on them.

What is your favorite plant?

I have several – hydrangeas, roses, daffodils and tulips.

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

Keep trying until it works.  When it works, step back and enjoy.

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.

New Buttons on our Web Site

by Webmaster Rick Sanders

We now have a series of special function buttons on the home page of our web site to make it easier to access important Club information.

  • Benefit:  Everything you want to know about our Annual Benefit (description, invitation, ticket order, donations, forms, business supporters, etc.)

  • Our Donors:  Please patronize these businesses who are donating to our Benefit (logo, name, web site, phone, address)

  • Newsletters: All our recent Newsletters (you can always use the Search box to look for specific articles or information)

  • Cookbook:  Download the document you can use to make your submission.

  • Shopping:  Link to the LGC Store at  Shop early and often!

  • Forms:  All the most popular Club forms in easy-fillable PDF or Word formats.

If you have any web site questions or suggestions, contact Rick or send an email to

Lake County Forest Preserves’ Species Database

The Lake County Forest Preserves District has a great web site ( where people can go to identify over 400 plant and animal species, native and non-native, found in Lake County, Illinois.  Below is a picture of what the web site looks like.

Zone Change:  What does it Mean for Gardeners?

By Beth Botts, reprinted article from the Chicago Tribune

The gardener who often has wished her climate were just a little bit warmer may be getting her wish. Or not.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map, the first major revision since 1990. This map, which divides the U.S. into 13 zones based on how cold their winters can be expected to get, is a tool used by gardeners and farmers to estimate which perennial plants and shrubs and trees are likely to survive where.

The new map shifts about half of the continental U.S. a half-zone higher, toward the warmer end of the scale.  Chicago is now in Zone 6a, up from 5b.  But only the city proper; most Cook County suburbs, like the majority of the northern half of the state, are in 5b, up from 5a.  The northwest corner of Illinois, like southwestern Wisconsin, in now in Zone 5a, up from 4b.

That doesn't necessarily mean those places have actually gotten warmer in any way that would affect a plant. The USDA says this map was created by methods so different from the last version that it's not possible to tell to what extent the shift reflects a change in climate or simply better measurement and understanding of existing conditions.

The long-awaited new version is "the most sophisticated Plant Hardiness Zone Map yet for the United States," said Catherine Woteki, USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics, in a press release. It is based on 30 years of weather measurements instead of 13, collected from almost 8,000 weather stations, and incorporates technical advances in computers, software and global positioning systems.  Other conditions beyond minimum winter temperatures are now factored in, such as elevation, the closeness of large bodies of water and the urban heat island effect.

Though it will be reproduced widely in garden books and magazines, the new map is interactive and designed to be used on the web.  A gardener can input a ZIP code to see exactly where his garden falls and, with a broadband connection, can click down to intricate detail--to see, for example , that Oak Park now is a Zone 6a but LaGrange is 5b.

The zone information in nursery catalogs and garden books should still apply: If a plant has proved to be hardy in the old zone 5, it should be hardy in places that are labeled zone 5 on the new map.  But no gardener should take the map as a guarantee. USDA officials are careful to point out that the map is based on averages, which incorporate colder extremes as well as warmer ones, so gardeners still need to be prepared for weather surprises.  It's also still important to learn the peculiarities of your own site, which may include spots that provide different conditions for plants because they are sunnier or shadier, windier or more sheltered, higher or lower.

Many people have seized on the shift of zones in the new map as obvious evidence of climate change. But USDA spokeswoman Kim Kaplan said the map "is simply not a good instrument" for making that assumption because it's not an apples-to-apples comparison with the old map.

In any case, the plant hardiness map is not about climate, the large, long-term trends that show up only when data from many years are analyzed to shake out the noise of short-term weather variations. Plants, like people, live in short-term, variable weather; this map is an estimating tool based on average weather.

Risk-averse gardeners always can avoid worry by choosing plants known to be hardy a zone or more colder. Risk-loving gardeners will take the new hardiness zones as a dare and keep trying to overwinter plants that are supposed to be too tender, just as they always have.