The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
November 2009

34th Annual Benefit

A Fabulous Fall Faire

Friday, November 6, 2009

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Jeanne Maine Top’ home

14532 River Oaks Drive, Lincolnshire


The invitation for the benefit is attached at the end of the newsletter.  Please note that they are due by October 27th so that Meri and Jeanne can determine the appropriate amount of food to prepare.

Driving and Parking Directions for the benefit:  In Lincolnshire, from the intersection of Half Day Road and Elm Rd/Oxford Rd (Lincolnshire Tennis Club is on northwest corner), go north on Elm about 1/2 mile.  River Oaks will be on your left and Jeanne’s house will be on the northwest corner.  River Oaks is a narrow, windy street, so please avoid parking on it.  Rather, park in the Tamarak Camp parking lot that is located on the east side of Elm Rd, about 1/2 block north of River Oaks Drive.

From the President’s Desk

Jan Stefans, President

Come one, come all to the Fabulous Fall Faire Benefit, Friday, November 6th 7-10 p.m. at Jeanne Top's house.  The evening hours should enable spouses and friends with daytime jobs to attend.   There are things for everyone to enjoy.  Come sample Meri and Jeanne's finger food.  Bid on wonderful silent auction items for which Dawn has scoured the community.  Purchase raffle tickets from our quilt group for a chance to win a spectacular fall table runner.  Satisfy your sweet tooth with purchases from our bakeshop.   Take a chance at going home with more money than you arrived with by buying tickets for our Half a Chance.  Be sure to stay until the end when our grand finale will be our live auction, led by Drew Pinter as auctioneer.  I look forward to seeing you and your friends at this great event.


By Elaine Petersen

Having just returned from our October meeting, I have been musing about our delightful speaker, Trudi Temple. What fascinating woman! What a full and interesting life! Her philosophy and gardening techniques reminded me of another well-known gardener, Ruth Stout. (Well, maybe not so well known unless you are as old as I am!)  Ruth was a staunch advocate of organic gardening before it became as popular as it is now. Years ago I chanced upon Ruth’s book and became a follower of her philosophy of gardening.   Her book, The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book, became my gardening “bible”.  Alas, now I can’t find my time- worn copy.  Did I lend it to any one of you?

Born in Kansas in 1884, Ruth was a Quaker whose family worked a farm.  She lived into her nineties, died in 1980, and developed a reputation for being brilliant, if eccentric. Her famous brother Rex was also a gardener, entrepreneur and author who penned the Nero Wolfe mysteries.  Ruth moved to New York City.  At the age of 45, she married, moved to the country and began gardening the hard way- according to the experts of her day.  But she quickly realized that their way required lots of digging and hard work.  She experimented with her own garden and realized that great flower and vegetable garden could be grown with little or no digging, little or no work, and lots of hay!  The secret to Ruth Stout’s “No Dig/No Work” method is keeping a thick mulch of any vegetable matter that rots on the garden. She didn’t bother with a separate compost pile-her garden was her compost pile. (Think Trudi Temple.) Now this may sound a bit revolting but then Ruth was revolutionary.  But think of the work you no longer have to do when you choose this effective gardening method!

No more hoeing (which can damage the soil structure and bring to the surface unwanted weed seeds that have been slumbering in the soil for decades).  No more weeding, no more composting, no more hard physical labor:  Just lots of flowers, vegetables and healthy soil. Older gardeners and those with back trouble swear by Stout.  For anyone who wants to follow Ruth’s dynamic example there is a Ruth Stout video and among her last works were How to Stay Sane and Fit Over Ninety.

Each autumn I am in desperate need of fortitude to weather the next month without succumbing to the flurry of  “fall cleanup” offers by local “ landscapers”.  So, if you are secretly hiding my copy of No Work, please return it to me before I fall away and rake my gardens clean.  Mother Nature never hired landscapers to blow the richly hued fallen leaves out of our wonderful beautiful forest preserves. 

A solitary maple on a Woodside flames in single scarlet, recalls nothing so much as the daughter of a noble house dressed for a fancy ball, with the whole family gathered round to admire her before she goes. - Henry James



Our electric power went out last night about 8:30.  After scurrying about in the dark to find some matches to light the votive candles, I discovered there wasn’t enough light to read by so there was nothing left to do but settle down and wait for sleep. As I lay comfortably in bed with my cat purring contentedly beside me, waiting for Morpheus to take me to another world, I became acutely aware of the blessed quiet.  No disturbing conversation emanated from the TV, no furnace motor or fan hummed: just absolute quiet.  That is what it must have been like when the indigenous Indians lived here on this land.  Only the occasional hoot of an owl or the snapping of a twig underfoot as a raccoon or possum prowled the forest floor in search of food broke the silence.  Our early settlers experienced this calming peace every night.  Yes, I know they labored hard and had worries and endured illness as all mankind does.   But they also enjoyed a healthy quiet that we today cannot find in our daily lives unless the power goes out. 



Horticulture Articles for our newsletter.  Submit to our newsletter editor Jeanne Top at

Bake Sale Items for the November 6th Benefit.  Bolster our benefit profits by contributing to the benefit bake sale.  Please keep the following in mind when selecting and packaging your donation:

·      Make small portions, i.e. six brownies/cookies, small cakes, etc.

·      Jar offerings such as mixes for soups, cookies or spices make really nice hostess gifts. 

·      Place items on clear plates or in clear plastic bags (Jan can supply these if needed.)

·      Label items, pointing out any ingredients that might cause an allergic reaction.


·      Electronic Recycling:  Tuesdays and Fridays 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Highland Park municipal building, 1180 Half Day Road

·      Disposal of old major appliances:  Environmental Field Services, 800-480-4337.  This service will collect appliances for a fee that is much lower than the fee Waste Management charges.

·      Recycle old sneakers:  Boxes for sneakers are located at the Vernon Hills Public works building (490 Greenleaf) or the Vernon Hills Park District (635 Aspen Rd.)

·      Household Chemical Waste:  Year-round collections are taken by appointment at SWALCO’s permanent facility located at 1311 N. Estes St., Gurnee.  Mobile events are held periodically from April through November.  Dates are posted on their website

Upcoming Lecture at Ryerson

Wednesday, October 21 7:30–9pm                   

The Future of Plants in a Rapidly Changing World:  An evening with Sir Peter Crane

Distinguished evolutionary biologist Sir Peter Crane will visit Ryerson Woods to share his perspective on threats to the world’s plants, concern over the erosion of genetic diversity and exciting conservation strategies.  This fall Crane takes the helm of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as its dean.  He served as the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London from 1999-2006 and was knighted for services to horticulture and conservation.  Crane's own research integrates studies of living and fossil plants to understand large-scale patterns and processes of plant evolution. He is engaged in a variety of initiatives focused on the conservation of plant diversity.  Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

PLACE:       Welcome Center, Ryerson Woods

21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield

ADMISSION:   $10 ($8 Friends of Ryerson Woods members)

REGISTER: or, for member discount, call 847-968-3321





Lincolnshire Garden Club’s Holiday Luncheon


When:  Thursday, December 10th, 2009


Where:  Hazel Weaver’s house

52 Wiltshire Drive








The Lincolnshire Garden Club invites you to the

34th Annual Benefit: A Fabulous Fall Faire


Friday, November 6, 2009

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

At the home of Jeanne Top

14532 River Oaks Drive

Lincolnshire, IL 60069


Bake Shop * Botanic Notes * Half-a-Chance

Silent Auction * Live Auction * Raffle

Delectable finger foods & Drinks & Fun!


Purchases by check or cash only.

This event benefits club sponsored community projects.


Please send in your reservation by October 27, 2009 to:

Dawn Anderson

108 Fallstone Drive

Lake Forest, IL 60045




 I (we) will attend the Fabulous Fall Faire!


 Name:  ________________________________________________________________


 My Guests:  ___________________________________________________________


$25.00 per person enclosed.

Please make checks payable to The Lincolnshire Garden Club ~ Thank you!

Questions?  Please contact Dawn at 847-735-1562.