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


General Meeting and Program

Thursday, October 15, 2009

“Order and Creativity in the Garden”

Trudi Temple

 

Trudi was born in Germany.  She is well known for her beautiful home garden in Hinsdale, authoring the book Trudi’s Garden, and founding Market Day, the successful fundraiser utilized by schools nationwide.  Trudi speaks of her life experiences, including life in Germany, and the connection between life and the sustainability, creativity, and order of the garden.  Trudi will enlighten us with how gardening helps you to live a life in full bloom.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Time:  9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

9:45 a.m. – Business Meeting

10:00 a.m. – Program

Place:  Vernon Area Public Library

Please note: The program is scheduled to start a little earlier than usual because it is a slightly longer program than usual.

Hospitality Committee:

Lisa Lewis – Chairwoman

Linda Berryman

Barb Gilman

Adriana Reyneri


From the President’s Desk

Jan Stefans, President

What a great opening Linda Berryman prepared for our September meeting.  We can now add musical talents to our credits.  Thanks Linda for your creativity. 

Our Benefit committees are hard at work preparing for our 34th annual production.  New food fare from Meri and Jeanne, floral offerings from the MBJ Crafters, and Dawn's search throughout our community for business contributions head the list.  Please clear your calendar for Friday, November 6th from 7-10pm and invite your friends to Jeanne Top's house for a night of fun, food, and shopping.

Invitations are available through Dawn or Jan and attached as the last page of this newsletter.

My tomato plants have hit the compost bin!  Over wintering gerainiums in the basement is a great idea and money saver I am planning on implenting this year.  I hope you all are putting into practice some of Debbie's techniques for your garden clean-up.

 

MUSINGS OF AN OLD GARDENER

By Elaine Petersen

Pumpkins are woven into our history, myth and lore. The hard skinned fruits are symbols of autumn and winter in our culture.  Pilgrims, pumpkins and the first Thanksgiving in the New World are synonymous.  Each year we renew our thanks and celebrate the season of plenty with feasting tables decked with pumpkins, apples and grapes.

In American literature, the headless horseman of Washington Irving’s tale terrifies the schoolmaster Ichabod Crane by hurling a head, revealed later to be a pumpkin, at the hapless master.  Jack Pumpkinhead is one of the most beloved characters in Frank L. Baum’s classic stories from the Land of Oz, with his sensible pumpkin head firmly stuck on the wooden stake between his shoulders, his exploits are the marvel of the countryside.  Although European in origin, the tale of Cinderella and his magical pumpkin coach has been adopted by American children for generations.

But nowhere is the lore of the pumpkin more evident than in the jack-o-lanterns of Halloween, when eerie faces carved into pumpkins are candlelit from within, then set out to keep away the ghosts that, according to legend, return each October 31 on All Hallows’ Eve.  This tradition came to North America with the Irish, who immigrated to the eastern seaboard.  In Irish folklore, Jack - who made a deal with the devil and then tricked him - was denied entrance to both heaven and hell, but when the devil cast him into eternal darkness he gave him an ember to light his way.  In Ireland, All Hallows’ Eve was celebrated by carrying an ember in a hollowed-out turnip, but in America, pumpkins replaced turnips.

Pumpkins originated in the New World, where they have been cultivated for several  thousand years.  Long a staple of native American food by the time the Pilgrims arrived, they soon became a staple for the Pilgrims as well, for pumpkins were easy to grow, stored well, and provided nourishment throughout the winter.  So when selecting your pumpkins to carve into jack-o’-lanterns, or to decorate your home for the autumn holidays or to bake into your favorite Thanksgiving pie, remember the merits of this humble fruit.

 

YEARBOOK CORRECTION:

The date for the December Holiday Luncheon is December 10th.  It was incorrectly listed in the yearbook as December 17th.  Please mark your calendar and update your yearbook so that you don’t miss this festive event.

 

WANTED

Horticulture Articles for our newsletter.  Submit to our newsletter editor Jeanne Top at thetops4@comcast.net.

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 or pies, etc.

·      Jar offerings such as mixes for soups, cookies or spices make really nice hostess gifts.  Consider spiffing up the container top with a bow or cloth top.

·      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 a allergic reaction.

 

GOING GREEN

·      Electronic Recycling:  Tuesdays and Fridays 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The City of 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.

·      Save water by reusing your dehumidifier water to water your potted plants.

·      Recycle old sneakers:  Sneakers 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  www.lakecountyil.gov/swalco

Send addition Going Green ideas and suggestions to Jeanne at thetops4@omcast.net


TREASURER’S REPORT

Below is our current year fiscal budget that was approved at last April's general meeting.  Also included in this newsletter are the new reimbursement request and deposit forms.  As a reminder, all reimbursement and deposit requests must be accompanied by the appropriate completed form (no exception).  Thanks and I look forward to working with all of you this year!

 

LINCOLNSHIRE GARDEN CLUB

FINAL MEMBERSHIP-APPROVED BUDGET

2009-2010

REVENUES:

 

 

Annual benefit / auction

$ 7,500

Dividend income

360

Half-a-Chance

275

Membership Dues

1,575

TOTAL REVENUES

$9,710

 

 

EXPENSES:

 

 

Newsletter

$     200

Yearbook

100

Treasurer

50

Corresponding Secretary

200

Historian

50

Insurance

400

Publicity

80

President

100

GCI / District IX

0

Community Beautification

200

Rivershire Garden Therapy

500

Depke

500

Grants / Allocations

3,500

Long-term Project Reserves

1,125

All other expenses

275

TOTAL NON-PROGRAM EXPENSES

$7,280

 

 

PROGRAM EXPENSES:

 

 

General Meetings

$1,000

Hospitality & Flowers

525

Spring Luncheon

600

Prior Yr Spring Lunch

0

TOTAL PROGRAM EXPENSES

$2,125

 

 

NET PROFIT / (LOSS)

$305

 

Lincolnshire Garden Club

REIMBURSEMENT REQUEST FORM

Please complete this form and attach original receipts.  Keep a copy of the form and receipts for your own records.

Completed forms should be sent to:

Kathleen Young-Perkins

14795 River Oaks Drive

Lincolnshire, IL  60069

847-821-9889

Date:         __________________                  Check #: ____________________

Activity / Budget Category: __________________________________

Payee: __________________________________________________

Address if Mailing Check: ____________________________________

Phone No.:_______________________________________________

Expenditure Explanation     Amount

1.      ____________________________________                  $________

2.      ____________________________________                  $________

3.      ____________________________________                  $________

4.      ____________________________________                  $________

5.      ____________________________________                  $________

Total Requested Payment   $________

 

 

Lincolnshire Garden Club

DEPOSIT FORM

Please complete this form and keep a copy for your own records.

Completed forms should be sent to:

Kathleen Young-Perkins

14795 River Oaks Drive

Lincolnshire, IL  60069

847-821-9889

Date:         __________________        

Activity / Budget Category: __________________________________

Requestor: _______________________________________________

Phone No.:_______________________________________________

Deposit Item Explanation    Amount

1.      ____________________________________                  $________

2.      ____________________________________                  $________

3.      ____________________________________                  $________

4.      ____________________________________                  $________

5.      ____________________________________                  $________

Total Deposit     $________

 

FREE LECTURES

Free Lectures are held on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. at Chalet's Education Center   3132 Lake Avenue., Wilmette, Illinois.

Oct. 9 & Oct. 10:  Inviting Birds into your Garden  Fall is the perfect time to set up bird feeders.  It allows the winter dweller to get familiar with them before the bad weather, and gives the migratory birds much needed nutrition for their travels.  Let Jennifer Brennan, Horticulture Information Specialist, tell you about plants that provide shelter, berries and other food sources; and  how to keep a consistent source of water for our feathered friends.

 

SAVE THE DATE

 

Lincolnshire Garden Club’s Annual Benefit

 

When:  Friday November 6th, 2009

7:00 p.m.

 

Where:  Jeanne Maine Top’s house

14532 River Oaks Drive

Lincolnshire

 

 

 
 

 


 

 

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.

 

 

 


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