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

The Lincolnshire Garden Club

requests the pleasure of your company

at its

Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Luncheon

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Ivanhoe Club

28846 North Thorngate Drive

Ivanhoe, Illinois


Reception              11:00 am




Rsvp by May   5 th. 


From the President’s Desk

Elaine Petersen, President


“Sunrise, sunset.  Sunrise, sunset.  Swiftly flow the days.  Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers, blossoming even as we gaze.  One season following another, laden with happiness and tears”.*  Tevye sang these melancholy words as he contemplated the passing days of his life.  Who among us has not experienced the same bittersweet emotions as we hurtle through the year?  Here we are, at the end of a long winter season and on the threshold of another, perhaps more joyous season, spring.  Here we are approaching  the end of another Garden Club year.


As I reflect upon the past two years, I marvel at the innumerable, memorable events and worthy projects that we have accomplished.  We saved the Benefit, we funded so many good causes, we made new friendships, and we shared many laughs and tears with each other.  We will be marking the fiftieth Anniversary of this wonderful Garden Club with a grand party and by presenting a lovely sculpture to the Village of Lincolnshire. We truly have good reason to celebrate our being.


I was recently honored to accept the Liberty Bell Award from David Hall, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Lake County, presented to the club in recognition of five years of dedication to the residents at Depke Juvenile Center.  However, the award really goes to the ladies who volunteered their time to work this these needy young men.


Our bronze sculpture, “Friends in High Places”, by Mark Hopkins has arrived.  Barb Gilman received a call from Lydia Scott informing us that Frank Tripicchio, Director of the Public Works Department and his staff will be pouring the footings and pad and doing the installation very soon.  We anticipate that Mayor Blomberg and some of the Village Trustees and Park Board members will be present for the official unveiling and dedication at our Picnic on June 5th.  Cheryl Mitchell is securing several gardens for an early morning Garden Walk before we gather at North Park for the picnic.   


After months of planning, the Anniversary Committee has finalized all the details for a grand party at the May Luncheon.  Come share the wine! Come greet former garden club members and friends.  Reminisce as you look at collages of past pictures and photo albums assembled by Merle Lynch and Barb Gilman.  There will be raffle prizes and door prizes.  After lunch, we will see some interesting floral design work by Florist Liz Lee of Lincolnshire.  Finally, I will happily pass the gavel and the leadership of the Garden Club into the capable hands of Jan Stefans and the newly installed Executive Officers and Board. 


Thanks for the memories.  Here’s to life in a garden!  L’chaiim!  To life!




Garden Tours and Picnic in the Park


Our annual garden tour and membership picnic are coming on June 5th.  We have three gardens for you to visit this year.  All three gardeners say that their gardens are “still in progress,” a sure sign of a true gardener!  You will get a chance to see three different gardens on wooded Lincolnshire lots.  Ann Maine incorporates many native plants and has created a very natural wooded area in her backyard.  She has just begun to install a fountain in her front garden.  Cheryl Mitchell is working on a garden with paths to create a relaxing and colorful space around the gazebo in her backyard.  Jan Stefans uses “recycled treasures” to flavor her garden, which creates a fun and interesting garden experience.


We hope to see you all at the gardens between 9:30am and 11:30am, and then at North Park for a picnic in the park immediately after.  We will have a delicious lunch, and enjoy our new statue. We will have flyers with addresses and alternate rain plans available at the May luncheon (also watch your e-mail).





RECYCLED WOOLS:  Adriana and Jan are working on felting projects for the benefit.  They 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 





Mike Nowak is moving his radio program from WGN 720 AM to WCPT 820 AM on Sundays from Noon until 2:00 p.m.  (No more being bumped by the Cubs’ games).  The name of the show is also being changed, from “Let’s Talk Gardening” to “The Mike Nowak Show.”


Red or White?

By Mary Spiewak


Can you go into your yard or into our forest preserves and categorize an oak tree as either a red or white oak?   Since oak and hickory trees cover 53% of Illinois forests, it comes in handy to be able to make that distinction.  Oaks, the genus Quercus, are generally categorized into two major groups: the reds and the whites.  The red oaks are in the subgenus Erythrobalanus and the whites are in the subgenus Leucobalanus.  There are 20 native oak species in Illinois and of those, 12 are red oaks and 8 are white.  It’s not too difficult to distinguish them with a few guidelines. 


All oaks share these three characteristics:  They have a star-shaped pith, their fruit is an acorn, and they have clustered buds.



Red Oak

White Oak

Leaf lobe is usually pointy and always has one or more bristles at the lobe tips

Leaf lobes are usually rounded and never has bristles

Takes 2 years for acorns to develop (biennial)

Acorns mature in one season

Acorn needs a 90-120 day stratification period

No stratification necessary; germination occurs in the fall after the acorn drops to the ground

Acorn is bitter

Acorn is sweet

The inner surface of the acorn cup is hairy or pubescent

The inner surface of the cup is smooth

Mature bark is usually ridged and furrowed

Mature bark is usually scaly and platy (except the Bur oak which is ridged and furrowed)


Sawtooth Oak Q. acutissima

Shingle Oak Q. imbricaria

Pin Oak, Swamp Oak Q. palustris

Red Oak Q. rubra

Black Oak Q. velutina


White Oak Q. alba

Swamp White Q. bicolor

Bur Oak Q. macrocarpa

English Oak Q. robur


There are many good books to help with identification of oak species.  The features of an acorn cup and the size of the nut (the main body) are also very helpful identification features.  Choose a guidebook that has good pictures and size descriptions of the leaves and the acorns.  Don’t forget to look at the web site provided below.  The Lake County Forest Preserve site gives all kinds of timely information such as controlled burn schedules; trail flooding, wildlife rescue information, calendar of events etc…


Enjoy the Day!



1.) Lake County Forest Preserves


Calendar Corner


May 12                            District IX outing to Volo Bog State Park  (Contact Barb Gilman for details)

May 12-16                            Electronic recycling event at the Vernon Township offices, 3050 N. Main St.,

                                          Buffalo Grove


May 23                            Deadline for articles for June newsletter

June 5                                          End-of-the-Year Picnic

June 19                            Board Meeting – 9:15 a.m. – Lincolnshire Village Hall