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

The Lincolnshire Garden Club

“Getting Dirty since 1958”

The Flower Press

                Lincolnshire, Illinois                                                                                           October 2012

General Meeting and Program

Thursday, October 18, 2012

“Fall Garden Prep with Professional Secrects”

Presented by Jennifer Brennan of the Chalet Nursery and Garden Center

Special Location:  Chalet Nursery, Wilmette, IL

For 20 years, Jennifer Brennan has been the Chalet’s horticulture information specialist.  She’s been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and numerous Chicagoland TV and radio stations. And for the last 14 years she has been the Horticulture correspondent for the local ABC-TV affiliate.  Jennifer will explain and demonstrate how to properly prepare our garden beds for the fall including the secrets employed by professionals.

    Date:     Thursday, October 18, 2012
    Time:     Continental Breakfast 9:30 am
                      Business Meeting 9:45 am
                      Program 10:30 am - 11:30am

    Where:   Chalet Nursery and Garden Center
                       3132 Lake Avenue
           Wilmette, IL  60091
                      Exit the Edens (Rt. 41) at Lake Ave.
                      Nursery is at intersection of Skokie Rd and Lake Ave.
                      Click here for a

A Message from our President, Jan Stefans

What a great start to our Garden Club year with September's meeting.  Ryerson was the perfect setting and Kim's "fall talk" geared us up for autumn planting.  I have never seen a room cleared out so fast of all those mums, ornamental peppers, and flowering kale!  

Karen Kravits will preside over our October meeting at The Chalet Nursery in Wilmette.  If you have never been to the Chalet you are in for a treat...lots of eye candy.

I hope you will support our Mini Market Fundraiser.  The Club will have a table at a crafts and home goods sale being held at Karen Kravits' home on Friday, October 26th from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm.  Please come and bring your friends.  Be sure to bring cash or your checkbook as payment is due directly to each vendor.  Linda Lutz and Joan Keyes need your help creating items for our table.  Get your creative juices flowing at our workshops Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14th from 2-4pm at Linda's house. 

Hope to see you all at the November meeting featuring Gale Gand at Meri Finocchi's house.  Remember this is a Member's Only event, so if you haven't turned in your Membership Form, make sure to bring it to the October meeting.

Remember it is time to get those hands dirty...your gardens need to be put to bed.

Talking Dirt with Karen Kravits

“Talking Dirt” is a spotlight on members in our Club.  This month we talk with Becky Taylor.  Becky lives with her two cats, Barnum and Bailey, in a beautiful townhouse in Buffalo Grove.  Becky has two children.  Her daughter, Jenny, lives with her family in Lincolnshire, and her son, Eric, lives with his family in Irving Park.  Becky works part-time at Long Grove Soap and Candle and is blessed with four grandchildren ranging in age from 6 months to 7 years.

How long have you and your family lived in Buffalo Grove?

We moved here from Kildeer 9 years ago in order to downsize.  We wanted to stay in the area and were looking for a spacious yard.

What do you like about Buffalo Grove?

We did not move far, so the area is familiar and close by to everything.  I love the yard and the privacy.


What made you decide to join the Garden Club?

My daughter, Jenny, knew I loved to garden and encouraged me to join.

Has it been what you expected it to be?

Yes, I really enjoy it.

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

As the trees mature, I have more and more shade.

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

Not so much.  I was already experienced.

Of what help could the Garden Club be to you?

I can’t think of a thing.  There is an abundance of information for every taste.  It would be difficult to find anything that is not already being addressed.  I am very pleased.

Who is your biggest gardening inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is my girlfriend, Jane, from New Berlin, WI.  We built homes around the same time in the 80’s, and she was always working on her garden.

What is your favorite plant?

I love hydrangeas.  I also like lilies and irises.

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

Keep pruning.  Everything generates more nicely.  I am more dedicated to doing it.

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.

Plant Education with Joan Keyes

We have a new project that was begun at the September meeting. We will be learning the botanical names for two plants at each meeting and hope to know ten by the end of our year.  Once you learn these names, you will become aware of the importance of knowing botanical names and not just the common names.  It's fun and there will be constant review and they will also be listed in the newsletter each month.  So here are the two that were introduced at the September meeting.

  • Chelone lyonii "Hot Lips."  The common name is Turtlehead and it is a perennial.  It is a great plant to have in the garden as it has wonderful dark green glossy leaves and pink flowers that appear in late summer.  Although it likes to be kept moist, I have found that it will tolerate some dryness.  Many members have this plant and perhaps they will share.
  • Euonymus alatus.  This shrub's common name is burning bush or winged euonymus.  Although we love this shrub for it's lovely fall color, we have discovered that it is invasive and it is no longer recommended for planting.  I have two in my front garden and plan to prune after the little white flowers bloom, thus preventing the red berries from forming.  Watch for new articles on this plant.

Garden Therapy by Kathleen Abdo

As the temperatures cool down and the leaves begin to show their colors, it's great to see the colors continuing to bloom in the planters at the Riverside Foundation.  Thanks to those that helped plant the planters in the Spring, the planters and garden are going strong.

During the extreme heat of the summer Meg Zimmermann, Trish Hughes and I installed two raised beds to be used for vegetable gardens for the clients at the Riverside Foundation.  The Riverside Foundation filled the raised beds with soil, and Didier Farms donated all of the vegetables, including several tomato plants, pepper plants, herbs, squash to name a few types of vegetables grown.  This garden was a great group effort with everyone contributing to help the clients grow their own vegetables.  This project is a new educational program that was started this summer by the staff to give the clients the responsibility for tending a garden and learning about healthy eating.  The garden was a great success, as it  produced lots of tomatoes and other vegetables for the clients to enjoy.

Now as fall arrives, it is time to plant spring blooming bulbs, at the Riverside Foundation with the residents.  Please join Meg and I on Sunday, 14 October 2012 at 1:30 pm, to plant bulbs with the clients.  Bring a shovel, garden gloves, this activity takes about an hour.  Rain date will be Sunday, 21 October 2012, 1:30 pm, neither date should be a conflict with football!!  Come and be part of the fun!  Thank you for helping make this activity a success, call or email us (Kathleen Abdo and Meg Zimmermann) to sign i.

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, October 18, 2012       General Meeting and Program, Chalet Nursery, Wilmette, IL

Friday, October 26, 2012, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm    Karen Kravits' home

Thursday, November 1, 2012     MEMBERS ONLY Meeting and Program, Meri Finocchi's home (note: special day)

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

Conserve Lake County (formerly Liberty Prairie Conservancy) Events
Conservaton@Home Party

Saturday, October 20 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Almond Marsh Forest Preserve
32492 N. Almond Rd, Grayslake

Pull on your favorite pair of jeans and get ready to share the fun at our first Conservation@Home party!  Connect with others, commiserate on challenges and share your joys and most sage advice.

Please come whether or not your property is certified, and even if you're still on our waiting list for your visit!

Bring a dish to pass if you like.  If you have an overabundance of native plants or seeds in need of good homes, by all means, bring them along too,

We'll party outside if it's nice, inside if it's not.  Please RSVP to or by calling 847-548-5989 x33 by October 14th.

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.