The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club           
March 2013

The Lincolnshire Garden Club

“Getting Dirty since 1958”

The Flower Press

                Lincolnshire, Illinois                                                                                      March 2013

General Meeting and Program

Thursday, March 21, 2013

“Flowering Native Tress

Jacob Kubisiak of SavATree, The Tree and Shrub Care Co.

Early spring is the perfect time to make plans for your plantings for the year.  Jake will discuss with us those native plants that offer color to the landscape.  These trees add color and diversity to the local forest preserve and can become a part of your landscape. Take a closer look at some of the exquisite flowers and other benefits of having native trees as a part of your property.  Join us as we engage in a great way to shrug off the cold of winter and get ready to enjoy another spring.

     9:30 am - Continental Breakfast
                10:00 am - Business Meeting
                10:30 am - Educational Program

:  Lincolnshire Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53

                  671 Woodlands Parkway
                   Vernon Hills, IL 60061

                   Click here for a map

A Message from our President, Jan Stefans

IT'S OFFICIAL...the Lincolnshire Garden Club is a 501-3-C non-for-profit "public charity."  Thanks to Linda Berryman who spearheaded the project, Mary Lou Bartlett, Barb Gilman and Meg Zimmerman her committee members and to Rick Sanders for putting all the paperwork and financials in order.   Now begins the Benefit work!  Look for upcoming announcements in the newsletters and at the general meetings for small volunteer assignments and please step up to the plate.

One of the reasons I so enjoy this club is all of you.  My friend Kay attended her first meeting last week and is ready to put in her membership application.  Newly retired, Kay has heard me spout volumes about the garden club over the years.  What I couldn't adequately express in words is the welcoming environment this organization provides.  Thank you for your warmth and friendliness.

Per our Educational Growth Chair, Joan Keyes bring some outdoors inside...force those forsythia and other flowering branches, remember there's magic in the dirt!

Plant Education with Joan Keyes

Plant Identification Challenge
I must compliment all of you as your responses to review sessions are getting faster and more confident.  Keep up the good work.  Your families will be as proud of you as I am.

Lesson #1
Chelone lyonii  'How Lips' -    Turtlehead
Euonymus alatus  - Burning Bush

Lesson #2
Gleditsia - Honey Locust Tree
Tricyrtis hirta-Toad Lily

Lesson #3
Asclepias  - Milkweed

Lesson #4 - Edible Flowers
Viola (no botanical name)
Calendula officinalis - Pot Marigold

Milkweed for Monarchs by Janice Hand

At our February meeting, speaker Rex Bastian told us about the importance of milkweed (Asclepias) as a food source for the monarch butterfly.

There was a question about which are our Illinois native varieties.  There are five:

Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

       Flowers:  Dull purplish-pink to greenish white

      Habitat:  Prairie, pastures, roadsides, and waste ground; sandy, clayey, or rocky calcareous soils of banks or flood plains


Butterfly Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

       Flowers:  Bright orange, rarely red or yellow

       Habitat:  Sandy prairies and open woodlands


Poke Milkweed*

Asclepias exaltata

Flowers:  Bicolored: petals are green or pale purple, while hoods and column are white or light pink

Habitat:  Partial or dappled sunlight, mesic conditions, and a rich loam or sandy loam with organic matter.


*NOTE: Widely distributed across Illinois, but relatively uncommon; IL lies along the western range limit of the species

Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

       Flowers:  Bright pink or, rarely, white

       Habitat:  Banks and flood plains of lakes, ponds, and waterways, marshes, swamps , and other wet areas of prairies


Whorled Milkweed

Asclepias verticillata

      Flowers:  White to greenish-white

       Habitat:  Sandy, clayey, or rocky calcareous soils of prairies, badlands, flood plains, & open woods


Hazel's Egg Brunch

Make this the night before and cook in the morning.

1 loaf French or garlic bread (works better if it is older and dryer)

1 package of cream cheese

3-4 cups assorted cubed cheese (I used cheddar and pepper jack usually)

2-3 cups chopped ham or summer sausage (can substitute peppers and/or corn as veggie option)

6 eggs

2.5 cups milk

1 tablespoon dried parsley

salt and pepper to taste

Grease casserole dish

Slice bread into 1 inch slices and spread cream cheese thickly on half the slices, make into sandwiches then cut into cut into cubes.  Dish should be approximately half full.  Add cheese and ham and/or veggies, dish should be approximately 2/3rds full.  Mix it up so some bread and cheese is on top.  Mix egg, milk and parsley together and pour carefully over bread mixture.  Try and cover every piece of bread on top.  Egg mixture should be approx 1/2 depth of dish.

Grease aluminum foil and place grease side down on mixture (to prevent the cheese from sticking), leave overnight. 

Heat oven to 375 (I put it in and then turn the oven on) and cook for approximately 45 minutes.  When the egg is set, take the top off and cook for approx 20 minutes more until top is brown an egg is firm (no jiggly bits!).

Cool slightly and serve.  We like to eat it with salsa too.

p Wanted

New Field Trip Committee Being Formed by Eve Jacobs

Over the last three years there has been a tremendous response to the field trips that I have planned.  I love that so many of you enjoy coming to these special events.  We have done a survey a while back and I am using those results plus feedback from all of you for direction in planning.  I would like to keep this going and feel the time is now to enroll members and form a small committee of 3-4 members to assist me plan, research and execute more fun-filled trips.  It would also be good for our club to have a few more people involved in this area and in the planning process.  This would not be a lot of work; one or two casual meetings each year and the rest would be communicating via e-mail.  This is not in any way a Board position.  As a committee we would review what trips merit doing, best time to do them, and procuring information on them, and then setting them up.  I know that many of you are frequent attendees and I would love to have a few of you to help and enhance this aspect of our club.  If you’re interested please e-mail me at

Upcoming Club Events

Thursday, March 7 - Board Meeting, Lincolnshire Village Hall

Thursday, March 21 -
General Membership Meeting, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Dept. Milwaukee Ave. Station

Thursday, April 4 - Board Meeting, Lincolnshire Village Hall

Thursday, April 18 -
General Membership Meeting, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Dept. Milwaukee Ave. Station