About the Garden Club   (see events below)centennialparkplanter 400w

The Elmwood Park Garden Club is a group of people from Elmwood Park and the surrounding area who share an interest in and a love of gardening. Our purpose is to learn about plants and nature while enjoying each other’s company.  We have been together as a club for over 15 years.

During meetings we explore ways to design and care for any size garden from an entire property to just a potted plant guided by professional speakers, films, and by sharing our knowledge with each other. Our meetings sometimes consist of hands on activities.

kokedama 400wOne of our very successful hands-on activities was to make a Kokedama. That is a Japanese technique for planting and sustaining one plant within a live moss ball which is just another plant (picture included). We have made dish gardens, created both live and artificial arrangements, and have taken field trips to places like nurseries and the Botanic Garden. Another popular meeting is held in the spring when we have a plant exchange. Members bring extra plants from their gardens to trade for plants that other members bring. Everyone goes home with some new treasures. We also occasionally have joint meetings and activities with our neighbors in the Montclare Galewood Garden Club.

sideyard 400wEach year we sponsor a Garden Walk in July featuring gardens from Elmwood Park and nearby areas. We showcase both members’ and non-members’ gardens. The walk brings people from all over together to enjoy what we and our neighbors have created. The proceeds from this year’s walk will help to benefit the food pantry at St. Celestine Parish. Another public activity we participate in is to plant and care for one of the raised planters in Centennial Park each year. This is a nice way to let members experiment with their creativity while we help to beautify our community.

We welcome anyone who would like to learn and laugh with us whether or not you are an Elmwood Park Resident. Our dues for the year are only $25.00 and include all meetings as well as discounts for some activities and an end of the year party. Come to a meeting and see what we are about. We hope that you will join us!

 

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The Garden Club does not have a website, but keep up with us on our Facebook page.

Or, for more information contact:  Ruth Skinner, President at 708.452.8530.

 

2020 Meetings & Activities

Meetings are monthly from March through November, and are typically the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Elmwood Park Library, unless otherwise specified. (See below or view this PDF)

wheelbarrow 400wThursday, March 12, 2020
Our first meeting of the year is on Thursday March 12, 2020. This meeting is a joint meeting with the Library and will feature a very special speaker. Mr. Greg Stack, now retired, was the University of Illinois Extension Advisor for Horticulture in Will County for many years. He is also responsible for starting the master gardener program in Will County in 1973 with 23 people. Since then the program has expanded to include every county of the state and has prepared thousands of master gardeners. He has worked with teachers, individual gardeners, and businesses; he has authored publications for web sites and produced many You Tube videos. His topic is “Hydrangeas Are Hot!”

Thursday, April 16, 2020 (the third Thursday due to Easter)
The meeting will be a field trip to the Good Earth Greenhouse in River Forest. There each person will create a small planter under the direction of their staff. The price for the  creation will be based on the plants that the individual chooses. Advance reservations are required for this activity.

Thursday, May 14, 2020
During this meeting there will be a talk about “The Benefits of Forest Bathing” – not quite what you might think. Jane Grillo, a certified Nature/Forest Therapy Guide, will address this topic which should prove to be very interesting.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
Our annual plant exchange. It is usually held in one of our member’s yards; the location will be announced. Everyone brings extra plants from their yard to exchange for plants from other’s yards. When perennials need to be divided or if you just bought too many annuals, this is an excellent way to share your extras while finding a new treasure for your own garden.

Sunday, July 11, 2020
A Saturday once again, is the date for our annual garden walk where several gardens from Elmwood Park and surrounding communities will be featured from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. This year we are again assisting the food pantry at St. Celestine Parish. What a great way to see some lovely gardens while helping a worthy cause. Tickets, which are sold at Centennial Park at 76th and Armitage from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the day of the walk, will be discounted if a non-perishable food donation is made. Watch for the posters that will be in windows all over town!

Thursday, August 13, 2020
The topic for this meeting is “A Gardener’s Guide to Pruning Shrubs And Ornamental Trees,” presented by David Kusnierz, who is a certified arborist with SaveATree. He will explain when and how to prune the various plants correctly. This is a timely and useful topic that all should enjoy.

mandavilla 400wThursday, September 10, 2020
This meeting will have a presentation by one of our members, Mr. Bob Pieler. His back yard which includes a pond and many beautiful and unique plants has been certified as a Designated Wildlife Sanctuary and he will tell us all how to obtain the same prestigious designation for our own property.

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Illinois Master Gardener Mike Cavalini will speak to us about Cacti and Succulents. Mr. Cavalini is an expert on the topic and has shared his knowledge with groups all over the county. If you want to add one of these interesting plants to your indoor plant collection come and let him tell you how to choose the right plant and how to care for it once you bring it home.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Our final meeting for the year. We will have a potluck dinner to celebrate another wonderful year of gardening. We will also have a garden themed gift exchange for those who care to participate. This is a great way to enjoy each other’s company one last time before winter sets in. Reservations will also be necessary for this members only event.

  

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