The Lincolnshire Garden Club
“Getting Dirty since 1958”
The Flower PressLincolnshire, Illinois March 2013
General Meeting and Program
Thursday, March 21, 2013
“Flowering Native Tress”
Time: 9:30 am - Continental Breakfast
10:00 am - Business Meeting
10:30 am - Educational Program
Where: Lincolnshire Riverwoods Fire Protection District Station 53
671 Woodlands Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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A Message from our President, Jan Stefans
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 Identification Challenge
Plant Education with Joan Keyes
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.
Chelone lyonii 'How Lips' - Turtlehead
Euonymus alatus - Burning Bush
Gleditsia - Honey Locust Tree
Tricyrtis hirta-Toad Lily
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:
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
Flowers: Bright orange, rarely red or yellow
Habitat: Sandy prairies and open woodlands
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
Flowers: Bright pink or, rarely, white
Habitat: Banks and flood plains of lakes, ponds, and waterways, marshes, swamps , and other wet areas of prairies
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)
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.
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 email@example.com.
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