The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club           
November 2012

The Lincolnshire Garden Club

“Getting Dirty since 1958”

The Flower Press

                Lincolnshire, Illinois                                                                                           November 2012

General Meeting and Program

Thursday, November 1, 2012

“Holiday Sweets Cooking Demonstration

with nationally acclaimed pastry chef Gale Gand,

NOTE:  This is a "Members Only" event

As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, join us for an inspirational cooking demonstration by renowned pastry chef, Gale Gand.  In addition to professional techniques for successful treats, enjoy an entertaining and personable presentation followed by tastes of several of Gale's recipes.  Gale will also be selling signed copies of some of her best cookbooks.

For those of you who do not know of Gale, she is a Chicago-based pastry chef, cookbook author, television personality, and winner of the 2001 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef.  Gale was the host of the Food Network show Sweet DreamsClick Here for more information.

     Thursday, November 1, 2012

Time:     9:30 am - 11:30 am
Where:  Meri Finocchi's home (consult Yearbook for address)

A Message from our President, Jan Stefans

Flowers are universal.  While in Switzerland, a country very tight on space, I noticed small gardens, overflowing window boxes and planters surrounding front doors everywhere.  Out in the countryside the "chalet" farm houses had geraniums hanging from every window and a vegetable garden close to the house.  The Saturday Market was real eye candy.  The flower vendors were in abundance putting together personalized bouquets for their customers, dipping into buckets of one variety and then moving on to the next pulling out what flower did not work well and putting in another to finish the bouquet.  Everywhere I caught a spot of color...

And what color we had at Karen's house for our first Mini Market...a great day, venue, and turn out!  A big thanks to Karen Kravits for opening up her home to us.  With Linda Lutz and Joan Keyes at the helm, how could we miss!  Thank you to Merle Lynch, our cashier and to all the bakers for their food contributions.

Looking ahead, we have two tremendous programs...Gale Gand this coming Thursday.   It will be a great day with a cooking demonstration (and tasting) of some of her yummy treats and the chance to buy an autographed her cookbook,.  In December we are fortunate to be able to tour the "behind the scenes" Holiday display at the Botanic Gardens (see details later in this newsletter).   Remember for this program you are able to invite guests.  The Garden Club is up and running!  Happy Fall,  Jan

Talking Dirt with Linda Lutz

“Talking Dirt” is a spotlight on members in our Club.  This month we talk with Wendy Miller.  

Wendy celebrated her 1st year anniversary in Lincolnshire at the end of October and is starting to dig her roots here. Coming from California Wendy is ready to learn about gardening in the Midwest, planning for shorter growing season, and understanding our heavy soils. Upon arrival she checked our zone and has been researching great plants for her garden as well as understanding the micro-habitats of her yard.

Wendy spent the summer digging out a buckthorn edge in her garden (we should give her a conservation award for that!). She’s now looking for help deciding on the perfect replacement shrubs for her dappled shade yard. When she planted a Sugar Maple for her husband, Chris, she was quite surprised at the hard, dry soil exposed in the tree planting.

Wendy has gardened everywhere she has lived including Boston, Seattle and California. Wendy is eager to learn northern Illinois’s climate, and especially gardener’s tips on how to protect plants so they survive our winters. Her summer gardening schedule included gardening early (6 AM) to avoid the heat and humidity. Wendy counts among her favorite plants the spring ephemerals. She’s enticed by their subtlety. Part of their lure includes knowing what to look for in their fleeting blooming season which grants each wildflower a specialty of their own.

In her short time in Lincolnshire, Wendy has volunteered to assist the Daniel Wright Band (son Andrew is a band member) and agreed to chair the Book Fair. Eleven year old Andrew is involved in soccer as well as scouting. Wendy is not new to volunteering. In California she volunteered for a Park Service Interpretive Center leading field trips for elementary students focusing on Native American history and biological habitats.

Wendy’s professional background is in health care. She loves to explore and has already visited many of the local Forest Preserves especially Daniel Wright Woods which is a regular outing for the family’s dog. Wendy enjoys photography and is currently increasing her knowledge and identification of butterflies through her photographs.

Wendy’s gardening advice: Don’t onesie….that is don’t just plant a single specimen. Wait until you can plant several. Then, of course, if you’re not sure the plant will grow; you can test out a single plant and evaluate its progress.

Please take a moment to welcome Wendy at our next LGC meeting!

Plant Education with Joan Keyes

Your Latin are the four botanical names we've introduced thus far.  We will not introduce the last six until our Jan. Feb and March meetings, so you have lots of time to study these.  A good study tip.  Write these on index cards, put them on your front seat of the car and review them every time you're at a red light.  Come on --you can do it!!
  • Chelone lyonii "Hot Lips" Turtlehead (a perennial)
  • Euonymus alatus Burning Bush ( a shrub)
  • Tricyrtis hirta Toad lily (a perennial)
  • Gleditsia Honey locust (a tree)
One last tip--say each of these names 7 times and they become embedding in you brain. Let you kids or husbands see you doing your homework and it will set a good example!

Impatiens Under Attack by Jennifer Brennan

For those of you who attended the October meeting at the Chalet, our speaker Jennifer Brennan mentioned a disease is killing impatiens with a downey mildew.  Here is a reprint of the article she wrote about it for the September issue of The Wilmette Beacon.  (The Newsletter Editor does not know how to make the article small enough to fit on the page but large enough to read.  Use your computer mouse to roll across the article and see the far right columns.  

Jennifer provided the the list below of spring/summer plants that could be used as substitutes for Impatiens:

Shade Exposure

  • Lobelia
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Begonia
  • Nicotiana
  • Salvia
  • Torenia

Part Shade

  • Euphorbia
  • Geranium
  • Ipomoea
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Begonia
  • Nicotiana
  • Salvia
  • Torenia
  • Annual Flowering Vinca

Upcoming December Meeting

"Behind the Scenes of the Wonderland Express"
Holiday Celebration at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Take a break from the holiday prep and enjoy a private tour of a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you to the Garden's wonderland.  Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds through more than 80 miniature Chicago-area landmarks, including Navy Pier, Soldier Field, Chicago Stadium, the Chinatown Arch, the Art Institute, the South Shore Cultural Center, the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, and much more!  The tour will conclude with our annual holiday luncheon.

The more the merrier, so please bring your friends.  This is a not-to-miss event.  The cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers.  Please RSVP to Lynn Driscoll by November 30th.  There will also be a $20 charge for parking for those who do not have a membership at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Save money and carpool with a Garden Club member who is also a Botanic Garden member.  Below is a list of such members:

Joan Keyes
Linda Lutz
Pat Hovany (depending on work schedule)
Ellen Strauss
Evelyn Belzer
Lynn Driscoll
Dorothea Lehtinen
Marilyn Knilans
Kathy Swager
Shirley Hays
Hazel Weaver
Eve Jacobs
Linda Ilk
Jane Bisk
Mary Lou Bartlett
Wendy Miller
Denise Pinter
Connie Conklin

Wanted - Assistant Webmaster

Our Webmaster, Rick Sanders, will be moving to Montana next year and we need his replacement.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the Internet, technology, and computers while working directly with someone that knows “how to do it” and will teach you.

It’s also a way to have fun and learn a new skill …
that could turn into a work-at-home small business?

Interested or want to talk about it, just contact Rick.

Work with Rick for 2-4 hours monthly to:

·      Post the next meeting notice and last meeting recap

·      Post  the President’s message, Depke updates, and LGC event write-ups

·      Learn about the Google software we use for the Club web site and email
(Google Sites, Docs, Calendar, and Email)

·      Learn about Google’s Picasa photo editing and how to post pictures

Skills Needed:

·      Have a computer and Internet connection at home

·      NOT afraid of a computer

·      Desire to learn more about computers and web sites

·      Able to use an word processing program

·      Able to use an email program

·      Willing to keep trying until it works

Upcoming Club Events

Thursday, November 15, 2012   Board Meeting, Lincolnshire Village Hall

Thursday, December 6, 2012     Board Meeting, Lincolnshire Village Hall

Thursday, December 13, 2012    Holiday Party, Chicago Botanic Gardens

Thursday, January 10, 2013        Board Meeting, Lincolnshire Village Hall

Thursday, January 24, 2012        General Membership Meeting, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Dept. Milwaukee Ave. Station,

Conserve Lake County (formerly Liberty Prairie Conservancy) Events

The Hidden World of Wolves and Coyotes

Thursday, November 8th  7:00 pm
Greenbelt Cultural Center
1214 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago
$15 ($10 for members of Wild Ones, Friends of Ryerson Woods, Conserve Lake County, and Lake Forest Open Lands)
Click HERE to register

Did you know that coyotes live in almost every green space of any size in the Chicago metropolitan area? Did you know that their cousins, the wolves, are also thriving just a few hours north of here? Explore the hidden world of these fascinating predators and what their presence in our region means for humans.

Conserve Lake County has lined up two of the county's most noted experts: Adrian Wydeven who studies wolves for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Stan Gehrt of Ohio State University, the leading researcher of urban coyotes in the Chicago region.

Support our Sponsors

Whenever possible, if you could support these sponsors in your day-to-day purchases, and even say "I'm shopping with you because you supported the Lincolnshire Garden Club," it would go a long way to encouraging these businesses to be generous to us again in the future. Thank you for your consideration.   Below are our Business Sponsors  (Address and contact information for our Business Sponsors can be found by clicking on the Donors in the menu bar on our website Home page.):

White Flower Farm

Bluestone Perennials

Brent and Becky's Bulbs

Select Seeds

Sam Services

Zone 4 Magazine

Chalet Nursery

Hawthorn Gardens

American Horticultural Society

Country Gardens Magazine

Gardener's Supply Company

DiRienzo Garden Designs

The Mulch Center

Chicago Botanic Garden

John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds

The Van Engelen Flower Bulb Company

Le Beaute Hair Studio & Day Spa


Michael Donavan Handcrafted Glassware

Fine Gardening

Johnny's Selected Seeds

The Care of Trees

Autumn Tree

Davey Tree Expert Company

Prairie Crossing Learning Farm

Duzey Family Chiropractic

Philly G's Restaurant

The Spice House

Didier Farms

Liz Lee Flowers

Highland Park Hospital Health and Fitness Center


Julie Walsh

Garden Gate Magazine

Go Roma, Lincolnshire

Ravinia Festival

Chicagoland Gardening Magazine

N. Henry & Son, Inc.      

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