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

General Meeting and Program

Thursday, November 17, 2011

“Claude Monet:  Evolution of a Gardener”

Presented by Tish Robinson


My only desire is an intimate fusion with nature, and the only fate I wish is to have is to have worked and lived in harmony with her laws.” 

- - Claude Monet

Tish Robinson specializes in the history and theory of French garden art as well as the French Impressionism era in France. Come and prepare to be wowed by her depth of knowledge and beautiful pictures.

She will showcase Monet’s early gardening years, featuring his family’s gardens on the Normandy coast, followed by his years in the small riverside towns of Argenteuil and Vetheuil and finally, Monet’s greatest masterpiece, his gardens at Giverny. Oooh, la, la!

Date:        Thursday, November 17, 2011

Time:       Business meeting 9:30am – 10:15am, Program 10:30am – 11:30am

Location:  Vernon Area Public Library 300 Olde Half Day, Lincolnshire, IL 60069


A Message from Our President, Linda Berryman

It’s November!  I really love the thoughts of tradition this month holds for me, and I’m sure for many of you.  Every year since my boys were very young, on November 1st the Halloween decor was stored away, and out came our featherless, papier-mache turkey for our kitchen table centerpiece.  Every night when I set the table I placed a feather at everyone’s place.  During dinner we all took turns sharing one thing we were thankful for that day.  Once we shared our grateful thought we placed the feather in one of the holes I had made in the turkey.  By the time Thanksgiving Day came our turkey’s tail was full of feathers!  Of course these days it is more difficult to sit down for a family meal, but we do our best to make sure our turkey becomes “fully feathered.”  After all, we have much to be thankful for, and I’m sure several of my feathers this year will include thoughts of the Lincolnshire Garden Club, and the wonderful people in it.  To all of you Thanks for Giving of your time and talents in making our community a better place to live in.

I would like to make a special note of thanks to some members for their recent leadership in some fun events.  Thank you to Jan Stefans and Merle Lynch for hosting a Fall Wreath workshop.    Thank you Jeanne Top for organizing the Weed and Wine events all year, as well as Meri Finocchi, for hosting a fabulous, final “No Weed but Wine” event.  Thank you to Kathleen Abdo and Meg Zimmerman for organizing your Garden Therapy bulb planting session at Riverside. Finally, thank you to Joan Keyes and Lisa Lewis for helping Sprague students make the most of their garden.  You all inspire with your special ways of giving.

Speaking of inspiration…if you’ve ever been inspired by a garden enough to take a picture, then I think you’ll truly love this month’s guest speaker.  Sharon Chamberlain has Tish Robinson coming to our November 17th meeting to present her “Claude Monet: Evolution of a Gardener” program.  Reports are Tish Robinson is wonderful, and the Wilmette Garden Club has already asked her back after her first presentation!  So come join us for two of our favorite topics- art and gardens.

Annual Benefit News from Kathleen Young-Perkins

Please hold your donation items until January 2012 when we will begin collection for our April 13th event.  Thank you!

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 Chris Udoni.  Chris and her husband, Matt, a consultant for Ernst & Young, have 3 kids.  Makala is a high school junior, Paul is in 7th grade, and Nick, a 3rd grader, rounds out the bunch.  And adding to the mix is Riley, a beautiful chocolate lab.

How long have you and your family lived in Lincolnshire?

We built this house 3 years ago.

Are you happy in Lincolnshire?

Very.  I like the schools.  People are so friendly, and there are lots of kids for my kids to play with.

What made you decide to join the Garden Club?

Jeanne Top laid the groundwork some time ago, and Beth Konieczny, who I know through the PTO, sealed the deal.

Has it been what you expected it to be?

No.  It’s more fun.  There are engaging topics.  The topics are different.  They focus on the beauty around us and can be therapeutic.

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

My biggest challenge is recognizing what is a weed and what is a plant.  The garden is still fairly new, and I’m still learning what’s in it.

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

The Club has given me ideas about what areas I want to focus on and to what works in this area.  It has given me the courage to try different things.

Of what help could the Garden Club be to you?

I like what it offers right now.  I really like this year’s programming – I missed a lot last year having only joined half way through.

Who is your biggest gardening inspiration?

Just talking to lots of different people.

What is your favorite plant?

Don’t have one just yet.

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

Too soon for me – I’m still in the killing everything stage.

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.

Musings on Autumn by Hazel Weaver

My garden is a messy autumn.

Not the summer mess of lush blooms and heavy nodding seed, but the windblown autumn messy of straggly heads that stay against the denial of winter. 

Grasses like a teenager that refuses to cut his hair.

Lamia that clings to the ground in defiance of the maple leaves ruffling its shiny green.

Last glories of purple hosta flowers that remind us they are going down but not out.

My garden is a messy autumn and needs to be cleaned and trimmed and tidied away before the real cold comes,

but I'm in denial, the weeds are down,

and besides, those grasses will be the only interesting shapes through the snow in the long winter to come.


Riverside Thanks from Kathleen Abdo and Meg Zimmermann

Meg and I would like to thank Linda Berryman, Kathy Boss, Janice Hand, Pat Hovany, and Rick Sanders, who helped us with Garden Therapy, on Sunday.  It was a brisk day with storm clouds gathering.  Fortunately, the rain stayed away long enough to plant several hundred bulbs, including a mix of daffodils and alliums.

Our volunteers had to dig through a profusion of rocks, dead roots, and unsavory soil. We were then joined by several of the clients from the Riverside Foundation, who helped plant the bulbs, cover them with soil, and tamp down the earth.  Everyone had a great time, and the clients will continue their enjoyment next spring when these beauties burst forth with sizzling colors, and continue through the early summer.   Thanks again.


Annual Benefit Committee Members - please see flyer at end of newsletter.

Allocations Committee Members

If you would like to serve on the Allocations Committee for 2012, please contact Janice Hand. Committee members are responsible for generating proposals for funding from the Garden Club, ensuring that the proposals meet our mission, and then selecting recipients and determining the amount given to each.

The schedule for this year’s Allocations Committee work is:

Dec. 2011     Generate proposals

Jan. 2012      Proposals are due

Feb. 2012     Develop recommendations on recipients and amounts

Mar. 2012     Club membership approval/vote (note: Apr. meeting is a tour, so no action that mo.)

May 2012      Distribute the awards

Anyone in the LGC is eligible to be on the Committee – self-nominations are all that’s required!


Calling All Cooks, by Dimitra Alexakos

As you may recall, I mentioned at the last meeting that the Garden Club is putting together a cookbook.  This is a very exciting project and a natural progression for all of us who plant a vegetable garden and enjoy the fruits of our labor with delicious meals.  With the holiday season upon us, I am sure many of you will be making tried and true recipes that are family favorites.

Our vision for this book is a compilation of the usual categories.  One category we are very excited about is a chapter on Farmers Markets - our vision for this chapter is how to incorporate our love of all things garden, we would like to include a section spotlighting your favorite farmer’s market. So if you have a favorite local market, please include a little background about why you love it along with the recipes you created using your fresh produce.

On the main page of the Lincolnshire Garden Club website, there is a yellow button that you can access the recipe submission sheet. We are happy to receive your recipes via email at, you can photocopy a recipe(s) and post them to me (my address details are in the Yearbook) or you can drop them into my mailbox. We request that all recipes have a Recipe Submission Page attached to them, that will help with our sorting process, if you are using a recipe from a published author please acknowledge them - this is for copyright reasons.

The Cookbook Committee consists of Kelly Dupont, Karen Kravits and Lyn Driscoll .  There is no limit to the number of recipes submitted by Members. We will be collecting recipe submissions until January 2012.   Please feel free to contact me at anytime with any questions, looking forward to all your wonderful recipes .