The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
General Meeting and Program
Thursday, September 17, 2009
“Fall Garden Wrap Up”
Debbie Malinowski, Master Gardener, University of Illinois Extension
Do you wonder, what exactly should be done to prepare my garden for winter? You are in luck; Debbie will be sharing her Master Gardening expertise with us, covering all aspects of winter garden preparation from lawns to flowers, and trees to shrubs.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
9:45 a.m. – Business Meeting
10:15 a.m. – Program
Place: Vernon Area
Kelly Dupont – Chairwoman
I am looking forward this year to implenting our website. Rick, Lois, and the design team have been busy getting it ready. Please look for the address in the newsletter. Also, Cheryl has been very busy putting together our program plans for the year and I can't wait to see what to she has in store for us! September 17th is just around the corner, I will see you all then...
and remember there is magic in the dirt.
MUSINGS OF AN OLD GARDENER
By Elaine Petersen
Sometime at the end of August, the air suddenly changes and I know that the summer is over. Did we have any summer this year? The grass is yellow and tired. The meadows become a bushy tangle of Joe Pye Weed, tansy, and thistles. Various species of goldenrod and aster dominate the fields with their gold and purple tones.
The New England Aster, Aster Novae-angliae, is a plant of the roadsides, fields and open woodlands. Linnaeus named this aster for New England when he first described it from specimens collected in that region. It is a blue-flowered fall plant bearing up to fifty purple-to-violet blue or, rarely, white flowers. It grows up to eight feet tall. Because of its attractive flowers, this species has also become a garden plant, and many cultivated varieties exist in a range of blue, red and white. Bees, both in the garden and in the wild stands, are attracted to it for its food pollen.
The Ojibwe Indians use this species to attract game by smoking the leaves in a pipe to create an odor that attracts deer. The leaves were also used by various Indian tribes for treatment of skin irritations and to alleviate the effects of poison ivy.
The goldenrod genus name Solidago means to make whole, and was given to this genus because one species was used as an herb to heal wounds at the time of the Crusades. Many of the species of goldenrod were used as medicinal plants for a variety of ailments, especially for kidney diseases.
The goldenrods are often accused of the evils of another group of plants in the aster family, the ragweeds. Because the goldenrods, with their conspicuous show of yellow flowers, bloom at the same time as the much less obvious ragweeds, they are frequently blamed for the hay fever caused by the ragweeds. Colorful monarch butterflies rest and feed on the goldenrods and thistles during their brave journey to warm Mexico.
I love the peace of this season and the last lazy days of Indian summer before a strong October wind comes and blows all the beauty away. Enjoy each day.
NOTES FROM OUR PROGRAM CHAIR, CHERYL MITCHELL
The last few years we have been providing a mix of program topics to try to suit everyone’s tastes in gardening, from hands-on, getting dirty gardening to landscape design to beautiful gardens around the world. So please look over the yearbook and see the variety we have to offer this year, which I’m sure you will enjoy.
We are beginning the year with a topic to help us in the very necessary preparation of our garden for our Midwest winters. I know I am always wondering about the best ways to preserve my plants so I am looking forward to learning from Debbie Malinowski. Debbie is a Master Gardener with the University of Illinois Extension.
This October, we have a very special speaker that many of you may have heard of either for her garden, or as the author of a book, or as the founder of Market Day. I am very pleased that our October 15th speaker will be Trudi Temple. I have heard about her for years as having a magnificent garden at her one-acre lot in Hinsdale. I was always disappointed that I wasn’t able to tour it. I think she will be very interesting as she speaks with us about her childhood in Germany and gardening and other life experiences have helped her to “live life in full bloom.”
Trudi shared that she usually speaks at least an hour and a half. We will do our best to shorten our business meeting in October, and we will start eating on time. Hopefully you can arrange your schedule for that day so that you can hear the entire presentation.
Publicity Chair - Put your computer skills to use once a month advertising our garden club happenings. Most of the work has already been set up by Hope May who is now teaching four days a week at CLC. For more info, contact Hope at email@example.com.
Bake Shop Chair for the Benefit - (November 6th, 7-10 p.m). This is a short-term responsibility the week of the Benefit. No experience necessary. The job involves gathering items from members, pricing them and setting up the display area at the benefit. Contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horticulture Articles for our newsletter. Submit to our newsletter editor Jeanne Top at email@example.com.
· 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.
Send addition Going Green ideas and suggestions to Jeanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Sept. 11 & Sept. 12: Free the Butterflies Freya Wellin, Chalet's Perennial Buyer has been busy raising butterflies all summer. She will teach you about the life cycles and the host plants that are needed. There is still time to add some to your garden. This lecture is timed to co-ordinate with the peak migration dates of the Monarchs for this latitude and longitude.
Sept. 25 & Sept. 26: Bulbs for Beginners: Most people forget about the gorgeous spring flowering bulbs until March when the first snowdrops appear. The magic about these bulbs is that they need cold winter temperatures buried in the ground to grant them permission to bloom when the temperatures rise in the spring. Let Jennifer Brennan introduce you to the beautiful variety that is available.
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.