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

The Lincolnshire Garden Club

“Getting Dirty since 1958”

The Flower Press

                Lincolnshire, Illinois                                                                                                         May,  2013

General Meeting and Program

Thursday, April 16, 2013

“Salsa Container Gardening

Laura Waring, Red's Garden Center

Laura Waring from Reds Garden Center will do a presentation to help you design a beautiful container garden with all the plants you will need to make your favorite salsa all summer!  At the end of the demonstration, one lucky member will go home with the container. This will be an exciting program!

Time:     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

Members should park in the front and back parking lots of the fire station.  If there are no spaces left, park in the Children's Hospital lot due West of the fire station, thus leaving the spaces closest to the hospital for their customers to use.

A Message from our President, Jan Stefans

Welcome Spring!  I so enjoyed getting outside this past weekend to "ditz" in the yard.  Here's hoping we have many more days of "ditzing" (a very technical term for "a step above puttering").

I am in total awe of the level of professionalism of our Allocations Team.  I had the opportunity to work with them this past week and saw first hand how they value each project brought to their attention making sure it will have leadership, commitment of volunteers, and a lasting imprint.

We are starting our work on the 2013 Benefit, A Tail Gate Party.  Please volunteer when and wherever you can this summer.  The Benefit Committee is really making an effort to break down the responsibilities to a small manageable size.  Volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the summer and into fall.  Here's to a lot of fun in the sun as we work on our fundraiser.  Red Solo Cups will definitely be raised at my house,hope you will be there.

Talking Dirt with Linda Lutz

Catching up with Char Schwan, 40-year member of the Lincolnshire Garden Club

Can you imagine a two-way stop sign on Riverwoods Road at Route 22?  Well that’s how it was when Char Schwan first saw Lincolnshire in 1969. There was no residential area north of 22, no Daniel Wright School, and if you were in Middle School you went to Half Day.

What brought Char and her husband to Lincolnshire was the same thing that brought many of us here, the trees and open space.  And besides, Char’s husband divided his work time between Milwaukee and northern Chicago, so Lincolnshire was the perfect geographic location.  In 1974, Char and family (three children too) settled in on Fox Trail.

Char remembers that one of the most amazing amenities the early Garden Club offered was child care.  Meetings were held at the Community Christian Church.  The Club hired a woman, Mary (who went to grammar school with Marlon Brando) to take care of non-school age children during the meeting.  Membership was less than 40 and coffee and tea were served from a silver service in china cups. 

Early members were mostly stay-at-home moms and corporate wives who moved and traveled widely filling in the blanks as their husbands were frequently gone.  Char reports that any of these women could have run General Motors.  All wanted to see a good bottom line.  They always wanted to make more money, take on bigger projects, and leave the village a better place.

The Club was involved in flower show competitions and many speakers focused on various aspects of flower arrangements, highlighting that every room can be improved by flowers.  An early fundraiser was a holiday house walk which was a tremendous amount of work.  So the Club searched for a fundraiser they could own (times haven’t changed, have they?).  A white elephant fundraiser was held with the idea to bring an unwanted holiday item that could be “sold” to other members.  Char served as the auctioneer (while being president) and raised a couple hundred dollars which was more than the Club needed at that time. 

The Club moved on to develop their first cookbook.    Every committee tested all the recipes. So successful was the cookbook that it was sold at Marshall Field’s and the Marriott shops.  Char still treasures her cookbook. 

Club membership increased over time and eventually reached a high of 140 members.  The Garden Club was considered part of living in Lincolnshire.  At times, the Club even sponsored evening and daytime Bridge (a foursome card game for those of you not familiar with Bridge). Club projects included making tray decorations for The Great Lakes Military Hospital; decorating a holiday tree at the Chicago Botanic Garden; planting projects at different schools; and plantings at The Riverside Foundation, a project that continues today.

In spite of her 40 years of membership, Char still thinks of herself as a novice gardener.  Char feels that the Garden Club provides three essentials:  an educational experience,  the energy of the membership to make the village a little nicer, and most importantly, the friendships created that have strong roots and grow for years.

Today, Char reflects, “No one has enough time time….and lots of clubs have seen their memberships dwindle.  Activities like Weed and Wine are so clever.  It is all about the friendships you grow by listening to the same lecture, being in the same car pools and when you work with someone you really get to know one another.”  For Char, the Lincolnshire Garden Club is all about the friendships.

Char continues to be very close to many Club members who are good friends that appreciated one another’s gifts.  “These friendships would not have had a place to grow except at Garden Club.  Garden Club members span many age groups; so all your friends are not all your age."  Char believes in the real value of membership longevity.  Seeing the next generation is wonderful (Char remembers

Andrea Fossier’s and Leslie Cornell’s husbands when they were young) and seeing people disappear from the membership is sad.  “If you make the investment you really enjoy the dividends," according to Char.

As you can see, Char’s favorite part of being in the Garden Club isn’t a plant, it’s the growth of lifelong friendships.  Bring us whatever you have, the Club is very open, and view membership as an opportunity.  As Char says, “the street runs in both directions,…there is no better feeling than giving and feel good about that.”

Next time you’re at a Club meeting, seek out Char and introduce yourself, you’ll be glad you did.

2013-2014 Budget

On May 2nd, members received an email showing the budget the Garden Club Board approved for the 2013-2014 year.  Please review that email and be prepared to vote on it at the May General Meeting.

Another Reason to Remove Buckthorn by Rick Sanders

Researchers at Lincoln Park Zoo and Northern Illinois University have discovered a new culprit contributing to amphibian decline and altered mammal distribution throughout the Midwest region – the invasive plant European Buckthorn. This non-native shrub, which has invaded two-thirds of the United States, has long been known to negatively impact plant community composition and forest structure, but these two innovative studies slated to publish in upcoming editions of the Journal of Herpetology and Natural Areas Journal demonstrate how this shrub negatively impacts native amphibians and affects habitat use by mammals including increased prevalence of coyotes and other carnivores.  Click Here to see the full article.

Lavender Facts by Joan Keyes

I have never been able to walk past a lavender plant without stroking the leaves and stems, inhaling deeply and becoming both invigorated or sedated by this wonderful fragrance.  We usually will see two varieties and the one we see most often is English lavender, Lavendula angustifolia, the one we like to cook with.  The most familiar cultivars are Munstead and Hidcote.  The other is lavindin, Lavendula intermedia (cultivar "Grosso") and is often grown for commercial oil production.  It is stronger than English lavender, but also suitable for cooking.

Lavender is a Mediterranean native and likes full sun and very well drained soil.  It does not like hot, humid or stagnant weather and seems to like being planted near a wall or walk, which retain heat.  However, be sure that it has very good air circulation.

Lavender leaves or buds are used in sweet or savory dishes and we are seeing it used in more and more recipes.  One of my favorite cookies is a lavender shortbread with an icing of Rose Water and powdered sugar.

Lavender Essential Oil is a must to have on hand for relaxing as well as medicinal uses.  Put a drop of oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop the itching and swelling.  Rub drops of oil on your hands and rub on neck or temples to aid in relaxing and sleeping.

Read and study more about this wonderful herb and share the different ways you have found that enrich your life and well being.

Plant Education with Joan Keyes

Plant Identification Challenge
Keep up the good work.

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

Lesson #5
Oxalis acetosella 'Purpurascens' - Wood Sorrel
Quercus alba - White Oak

Ode to Spring, by Hazel Weaver

The delicate spring flowers
remind us of fragility of life,
before the boldness of summer blooms
renders us invincible

Photo taken at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Plastic Plant Saucers Needed

Members of the Garden Club are creating centerpieces for the  Friends of Ryerson Woods’ Smith Symposium Committee on May 18th.  They are still in need of 6 inch diameter plant saucers, preferably with flat bottoms.  If you can help out, contact Joan Keyes (contact information in Yearbook)Click Here to learn more about the Smith Symposium.

Weed and Wine is Back!

We were not able to have too many Weed and Wine last summer due to the beastly hot weather.  Hopefully, we will get in more this year.  Our first event of the year be hosted by Pat Hovany (see Yearbook for address).  It is scheduled for Friday May 10th 4:00 pm-6:00 pm, followed by wine and appetizers.

For those of you new to the Club, Weed and Wine is where members help other members with work in their gardens, whether it is weeding, pruning, planting or anything else that would improve the condition of the garden.  It is amazing how much work can get done in two hours.  Afterwards, we enjoy some social time with wine and appetizers provided by host member.  It is not only a fun social event, it is a great chance for novice gardeners to learn from more experienced gardeners.

Upcoming Club Events

Thursday, May 16 - General Membership Meeting, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Dept. Milwaukee Ave. Station

Thursday, May 30 - Board Meeting, Lincolnshire Village Hall

Thursday, June 20 -
End of Year Picnic - MEMBERS ONLY.  Detail coming soon.

Upcoming Plant (and related items) Sales

Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12 - Native Plant Sale

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday

Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville

Click Here for details.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 17-19 - Garden Supply Warehouse Sale

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Consolidated Foam, Inc.

1590 Barclay Blvd, Buffalo Grove

A large assortment of planters, sprinklers, sprayers, nozzles, wands, landscape fabric, potting soil, gardening tolls and other supplies will be available for up to 80% off retail prices.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 17-19, 24-26, May 31-June 2, June 7-9 - Conserve Lake County Plant Sale

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Almond Marsh Forest Preserve, Grayslake

Click Here for details.

Upcoming Nature Lectures

Monday, May 13,  7:00 p.m. - Attracting Birds and Butterflies with Native Plants

Speaker:  Rick Sanders, Communications Director, Lake-to-Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones, birder, biologist, and gardener.

Location:  Fremont Public Library (1170 N. Midlothian Rd, Mundelein).  For directions, call 847-566-8702

There’s nothing more beautiful than the melodic sounds of a song bird drifting through the air, or the dazzling colors of a butterfly as it flits from flower to flower. These and more wonders of nature can be yours by simply planting a few native plants in your landscape.

So, join us to learn how you can use native plants to attract, feed, and provide habitat for birds and butterflies in your landscape.  Click Here to register for this program.

Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. - Rain Gardens, Butterfly Gardens and Monarch Watch

Speakers: Sandy Miller and Pam Wolfe, Lake-to-Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones

Location:  Grayslake Public Library (100 Library Ln, Grayslake).  For directions call 847-223-5313

Wild Ones and Monarch Watch have partnered to create Wild for Monarchs - an effort to educate the public on the plight of the Monarch butterfly and what each of us as citizens can do to help

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 p.m. - Native Trees and Shrubs

Speaker:  Meredith Tucker, Citizens for Conservation

Location:  Fremont Public Library (1170 N. Midlothian Rd, Mundelein).  For directions, call 847-566-8702

"Native Trees and Shrubs" highlights many of the gorgeous and habitat-friendly native woody plants that one can use to replace buckthorn, bush honeysuckle, and other alien invaders. It was created as a guide for homeowners about what native trees and shrubs to consider for their own homes, but you'll be amazed at all the wonderful trees and shrubs that are native locally and are beneficial to plant here.