The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
May 2011

Message from our President, Jan Stefans

Welcome Linda Berryman to the helm of the Lincolnshire Garden Club.  Our club is in such good hands!   It is hard to believe that three years have gone by so quickly.  I would like to thank all of the Board Members who have served during my terms of office.  It has been a real team effort.  We are so fortunate to have such dedicated and talented members step up to the plate year after year.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all at our Depke Garden Walk and Picnic Luncheon at Shelter A in Half Day Forest Preserve, June 16th at 11am.  As my last official act I will open the meeting before passing the gavel over to Linda.

                                                                                                                    's time to get those hands dirty.

35th Annual Benefit – A Spring Fling

Wow, What a night!  Our 35th Spring Fling Benefit was a wonderful evening.  Go to the Club’s website for a detailed description of the evening and to view pictures from the great event.

Many thanks to the party planners:  Dawn Anderson, our coordinator,

Bartender Frank and Jeanne Top, the Hosts with the most, Chef Meri Finocchi, and Bake Sale Chair Katheen Abdo, who all made the night a success. 

Thanks also to our many helpers throughout the evening:

Ktichen:  Carolyn Finocchi, Kelly Dupont, Marilyn Knilans, Lisa Lewis and Hazel Weaver

        Raffle Ticket Sellers:  Evie, Belzer, Linda Berryman, Lois Hicks, Eve Jacobs, Judy Jenner, and Linda Ilk.

         Check-out Staff:  Janice Hand and Kathleen Young-Perkins

         Wine Bag Meister:  Rick Sanders

         Signage:  Barb Gilman

         Auctioneer:  Ann Maine

Greeters and server girls:  Brook Bartlett, Amy Goodell, Sarah Terwilliger    and Emily Top

Clean-up Crew:  Chris and Dawn Anderson and John and Linda Berryman.

We could not have done it without all of their help.  And to you our guests and shoppers it is our hope that you had a great time and will attend our 36th Annual Benefit next year.

Message from our Bake Sale Chair, Kathleen Abdo

Thank you for all of your tasty treats.  The Bake Sale went well; we had a great variety of baked goods.  Special thanks to Barb Gilman and Kelly Dupont for helping to package everything.  It looked great!

I have been asking for everyone’s recipe, either to share in future newsletters or to be published in a Garden Club Cookbook.  Please send the recipes to:


Weed and Wine

The idea for Weed and Wine grew (pun intended) out of a Board meeting discussion about how much work it takes to get a garden in shape to host a garden walk.  A Board member commented that with all the able gardeners in the Club, a group could make a huge contribution to in a very short time.  The discussion took off from there.  Not only would the host member have a lot of jobs tackled in the garden, but less experienced members could learn from the more seasoned pros and if the projects included thinning overgrown areas, people might have the opportunity to take home some divisions to add to their own garden.  Finally, since people usually are thirsty after working hard, the “Wine” part of the event was added.

The inaugural Weed and Wine took place on Friday, May 13th at Elaine Peterson’s.  Ten members of the Club pruned, raked, weeded and edged Elaine’s front yard for two hours and then Elaine served everyone wine and appetizers.  See the Home page of the website for pictures of the event.  Be sure to notice the new sign the Club had made.  We have already gotten feedback from a neighbor of Elaine’s who was impressed with the work and said the sign was great advertising.

Mark your calendars for our next Weed and Wine event, Friday, May 27th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.   We will be working in Joan Keyes’ yard at 37 Berkshire. Joan says she has plants to share, so be sure to bring empty containers in addition to your pruners, trowels and any other gardening tools you might want to bring.  If you have any questions, email Jeanne Top ( 

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 Lynn Driscoll.  Lynn and her husband, Brian, live in Lincolnshire with their two girls, a 3rd grader named Lauren and a kindergartner named Kaitlin.  Lynn is a former art teacher, while Brian currently teaches at Shabonee, an elementary school in Northbrook.

How long have you and your family lived in Lincolnshire?

We have lived in Lincolnshire since 2003, moving to our current home 5 years ago.

Are you happy in Lincolnshire?

Yes – I grew up in Lincolnshire.  And, while not still in the home in which I grew up, my parents still live in Lincolnshire.  My husband and I lived in Chicago for a while, but moved to Lincolnshire when we wanted to start a family.

What made you decide to join the Garden Club?

Kelly Dupont approached me a couple of years ago, but I didn’t have the time.  Now I was more available to do so.

Has it been what you expected it to be?

Yes, it’s nice.  It is a big, diverse group doing lots of neat things.

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

Keeping the beds weed free – especially the wild grass.  Whenever I’m out waiting for my daughter’s bus, I’m pulling the wild grass.

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

After attending the lecture on vines, I got interested in trying to grow some.

Of what help could the Garden Club be to you?

The Garden Club is a good resource.  I am interested in plant sharing.

Who is your biggest gardening inspiration?

I enjoy gardening magazines for ideas and books for containers.  I read lots of different publications.

What is your favorite plant?


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

If I see something I like, I try it.  I recommend experimenting.

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.


Suggestions for Problem Areas by Janice Hand

We all have at least one spot in our landscape that again and again proves to be a problem.  Plants die. They don’t thrive.  They disappear from one year to the next. The June 2011 issue of Garden Gate offers excellent suggestions for problem spot plantings.

  • For filling in a sunny, hot path – Red Creeping Thyme (Thymus coccineus). This plant thrives in reflected heat and will easily tolerate being stepped on. Other heat-lover suggestions: Blue Star Creeper (Pratia pedunculata), Prostrate Speedwell (Veronica prostrate), and Silver Carpet (Dymondia margaretae).
  • To quickly cover a large area – Snow- in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum).  Because it’s expensive to buy a large quantity of plants to fill in a large empty space, one solution is a fast-spreading ground cover.  Snow-in-Summer likes well drained soils (it tends to rot in soil with poor drainage).  Other large-area filler suggestions: Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans), Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis), and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
  •  For underneath trees – Lilyturf (Liriope spicata). Planting under trees can be risky, as tree roots grow in the upper 18” of soil and can dry up plants.  Lilyturf is happy to compete with tree roots, but be warned that it can also be aggressive when planted in ideal situations. Other tree plant suggestions:  Sweet Violet (Voila adorata), Red Barrenwort (Epimedium xrubum) and Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum).

Anyone have other suggestions based on tough areas in your own landscape?


2011-2012 Budget

At the April 28th Board Meeting, the Board approved the following budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year that begins on July 1st:


Lincolnshire Garden Club

Board Approved Budget




      Annual Benefit




      Membership Dues


      Other Income



           Other Income


                      TOTAL INCOME:



     Grants / Allocations


     Program Expenses

          Member Benefits


          Professional Fees


          Information Technology




          Office Expenses









          Other Expenses


                         TOTAL EXPENSES:


                                  NET PROFIT / LOSS:


Membership News

We hope you all will join us for our June garden walk and picnic.  Please don't forget to bring you pocketbook and/or checkbook to pay your membership dues for next year.  We will have membership applications ready to be filled out.  You can also take one to your friend or neighbor you have been meaning to ask to join The Lincolnshire Garden Club.  If you want to have the form filled out a head of time, you can print it off the website.

Garden Therapy

Garden Therapy will be planting annuals in planters at the Riverside Foundation with residents on Sunday, 5 June 2011 at 1:30 pm (rain date Sunday, 12 June 2011).  Come join us plant annuals with the residents.  It takes about an hour to put all of the planters together.  Bring a hand trowel and help us set up colorful easy-to-care-for planters.  This is a Barrier-Free Event.  To let us know your coming, please call Kathleen Abdo (847)317-9490 or Meg Zimmermann (847)267-0237.

Mulch Notes by Janice Hand

One part (or after effect) of spring garden clean up, planning, and planting is mulching. Here are some notes about mulch choices and mulch maintenance.

Mulch Choices

Most experienced gardeners have experimented with many types of mulch and have come to prefer one (or two) over all other mulches.  Of course, the purpose of mulch forms the most important criteria for choosing a mulch. Some are for suppressing weeds, so they need to be dense. Other mulches are for water retention, yet others promote drainage. 

Another criteria for mulch selection is cost, frankly. We all want to get the best mulch for the best price.  But beware: many experts recommend avoiding cheap mulches (e.g., those made of ground pallets) because they not only deteriorate quickly, but they are unattractive.  Experts and environmentalists ask that gardeners avoid peat moss and cypress mulches (as their harvest promotes species destruction).

What’s the best mulch choice, then?

Shredded cedar is good for high-visibility beds and since the pieces hold together well, this is a good mulch for windy spots and slopes. Typically, this mulch is used for weed suppression and will last for about 2 years.

    Pine bark nuggets have an additional benefit in that the pine oils may suppress fungus splashing for the soil to the     plants. This type of mulch lasts for 1 year (if using small sized) or 3-4 years for large bark nuggets.

Pine needles cover large areas and don’t mat. This type of mulch is good for a woodland look.

Crushed granite, or “turkey grit,” looks good and will stay in place and promotes good drainage (but won’t hold moisture).

Composted leaf mold can be really cheap if you make your own each fall. This mulch is an especially good soil enhancer (unless oak leaves predominate), and will need to be replaced each year.

Shredded paper is good, too, as long as it is printed with soy-based ink. This mulch is especially good for vegetable gardens and other beds that are out of the way.

Other people swear by cocoa hulls (which smell deliciously of chocolate for several days after they are applied), and others prefer cotton hulls. One of the most region-specific mulches I’ve seen is the pecan shell mulch used at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden.


Mulch should be applied 2 to 3 inches deep, avoiding plant crowns.  Proper mulching requires keeping mulch about 2 inches away from plants’ crowns.  To easily apply, you can dump your mulch in small piles and then use a stiff straw broom to sweep the piles evenly over the garden bed. This method prevents your having to bend. Plus, the broom is gentle around newly-growing plants.

Mulch Maintenance

Since mulch isn’t meant to last forever, it will eventually look matted and dirty or even just disappear. One way to renovate a mulched bed is to use a springy rake to fluff your existing mulch.  It’s highly likely that a good “fluffing” will save you from ordering another load of mulch this year!

To renovate crushed granite mulch, you will need to pull out handfuls and simply replace it when it’s too dirty or weed-infected to look good.