The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
September 2008

General Meeting and Program

September 18, 2008

Hostas in the Landscape

Tom Micheletti

For those who think, “if you have seen one hosta, you have seen them all,” please come to hear Tom speak about the 800 different hostas in his collection.  We have heard rave reviews of his presentation, which highlights his passion for and knowledge of the varieties of hostas.  Tom serves on four Hosta Society Boards, and is a frequent speaker at garden clubs and the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

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

10:00 a.m. – Business Meeting

10:30 a.m. – Program

Place:  Vernon Area Public Library

Hospitality Committee:

Linda Berryman

Kelly Dupont

Linda Johnson

Sandy Kalas

Char Schwan

From the President’s Desk

Jan Stefans, President

What, summer over?  I am still pulling weeds that came out in June!

In July, our 50th Anniversary Committee accepted a thank you plaque from the Village of Lincolnshire at its monthly board meeting.  Mayor Blomberg highlighted our many contributions to the beautification of the Village.  July also saw the start of the two Eagle Scout projects we helped fund at the Depke, center:  the pond and the shed.

It is August as I write this note, and Dawn Anderson is putting the finishing touches on our Benefit, “A Spirited Tapas Evening.”   I hope you will "step up to the plate" when Dawn asks for your help to sell tickets, bake goodies, run the check out table, or be a greeter for the October 3rd Benefit.


I am excited about our September meeting Cheryl Mitchell has planned. The Hosta topic is near and dear to all of us with shady gardens.


Looking forward to a terrific 51st year---Jan



To get your mouth watering, here’s a preview of the menu for the 2008 Benefit being held at Meri Finocchi’s home the evening of October 3rd starting at 7:00 p.m.



Fresh Melon Wrapped in Prosciutto

Cajun Shrimp Tortilla Bites w/Mango-Chutney Salsa

Gorgonzola & Water Chestnut-filled Dates Wrapped in Bacon

Caprese Tartlets w/ Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Grilled Flank Steak Crostini w/Caramelized Red Bell Peppers and Arugula

Phyllo Cups with Goat Cheese, Pine Nuts & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Peppered Salmon w/Capers, Red Onion and Mustard Sauce

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed w/Curried Chicken Salad

Spanish Stuffed Mushrooms

Albondigas in Sweet/Sour Sauce

Paella Valenciana


Mini Black-Bottom Cheesecakes

Chocolate/Peanut Butter Mousse Tartlets


Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot. Sangria & Beer for Purchase

Fresh Berry Water



Bake Sale Items Needed

To all bakers, candy makers and soup aficionados, it is time to get out all those famous, tasty and beautiful recipes for the benefit.  We are also looking for dry soups, vinegars, alternatives to baked items like granola, cookies layered in a jar to be baked later, toffees or candies, items that have a longer shelf life.

Please call Kathleen Abdo @ (847) 317-9490 to sign-up to bring items for the bake sale.  Packaging materials will be provided.  Thank you for your help in making this a success!!


Tips for making the most of the Benefit
  1. Invite lots of friends.  The benefit has been moved to the evening to accommodate members and friends who work as well as to encourage spouses to attend.   This lovely event will be a great evening out for any couple.


  1. Bring stamps and your address book to the September General Meeting.  Extra Benefit invitations will be available and you can address them and drop them in the mail on your way out of the meeting.


  1. Bring pre-printed, self stick return address labels to the Benefit for use on raffle and Half-a-Chance tickets.  These will save you the time and trouble of writing your contact information on each and every ticket.


  1. Bring both cash and your checkbook.  Cash will probably be easier for purchasing alcoholic beverages and small items while your checkbook might be easier for larger items.  Please remember that we do not accept credit cards.



Kathleen Abdo and Meg Zimmerman


We would like to thank all the people who helped install the Reflection Garden at the Riverside Foundation.  The extra plant donations were appreciated also.  Our thanks go to Jan Stefans, Eve Jacobs, Marj Lundi, Adriana Reyneri, Debbie Gripper, Trish Hughes and Jonathan Abdo.




In honor of the garden club’s 50th year, the club donated this statue, “Friends in High Places,” to the Village of Lincolnshire.  The statue was installed in the gardens of North Park and dedicated at the club’s June general meeting.  Several Village representatives were present at the dedication and all offered their sincere thanks to the club for it many years of support of the Village beautification goals.  Many thanks to the 50th Anniversary committee:  Nancy Feddermann, Barb Gilman, Joan Keyes, Merle Lynch, Elaine Petersen, and Char Schwan.



Calendar Corner


September 4                 Board Meeting – 9:15 a.m. – Village Hall


September 18               General Meeting – 9:30 a.m. – Vernon Area Public Library                          


October 3                     ANNUAL BENEFIT – 7:00 p.m. – Meri Finocchi’s home


October 16                   Board Meeting – 9:15 a.m. – Village Hall


November 6                 Board Meeting – 9:15 a.m. – Village Hall


November 20               General Meeting – 9:30 a.m. – Vernon Area Public Library





 The Flower Press

Jeanne Top, Editor

14532 River Oaks Drive

Lincolnshire, IL   60069