Please note that the two larger study rooms in Adult Services are out of service until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.
In the meantime, adults are welcome to use the study rooms in Kids & Teens until 3 p.m.


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!


clematis 200wConnect with Us

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

Or, for more information contact:  
Donna Clesen, President
847.361.1233  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2022 Meetings & Activities


Saturday Elmwood Park Garden Club Garden Walk

July 16  •  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us for our annual Garden Walk.  Tickets will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centennial Park.  $12 per person or $10 and a bag of groceries for Sr. Joanna's food pantry in Elmwood Park.


American Home Garden Design

August 11, 2022  •  6:30 p.m.  •  at Elmwood Park Public Library
Nina Koziol, Garden Writer and Educator, shows how garden design has evolved, giving you ideas on transforming your own space.  There will be a field trip to Nina's garden later in August.


Limiting Food Waste

September 8, 2022  •  6:30 p.m.  •  at Elmwood Park Public Library
Doreen Ackermann teaches about how food waste impacts the environment and humans' wellbeing.


Wellness in Gardening

October 13, 2022  •  7 p.m.  •  at Elmwood Park Public Library
Dr. Jeffrey Smith, chiropractor in Elmwood Park, has plenty to share on aligning our bodies with the work we do in our gardens.


Holiday Party

November 10, 2022  •  6:30 p.m.
Join us for our holiday party.


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