2018 garden walkUpcoming July 14:  Garden Walk

Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

Each year the Elmwood Park Garden Club sponsors a Garden Walk featuring gardens from Elmwood Park and nearby areas. We showcase both members’ and non-members’ gardens. It is a lovely way to bring people together to enjoy what we and our neighbors have created.

Tickets:  $12.00 per adult, and include a map of the featured gardens. Tickets will be on sale from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Centennial Park  on the corner of 76th & Armitage Avenues.

Some of the proceeds from this year’s walk will benefit the food pantry at St. Celestine Parish, so with a non-perishable food donation the ticket price will be only $10.00. We hope that you will join us to help support this worthy cause and to have a wonderful day enjoying nature!


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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 10 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. Come to a meeting to see what we are about!


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:  Ruth Skinner, President at 708.452.8530.


2018 Meetings & Activities

Meetings are monthly from March through November, and are typically the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Elmwood Park Library, unless otherwise specified. (See below or view this PDF)

wheelbarrow 400wThursday, March 8, 2018
We will be showing a video entitled “Super Sempervivums”. Sempervivums are perennial succulents that can be tucked into areas of our gardens to add interest and color. They will survive our winter climate and come back and multiply year after year.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
The meeting will be presented in conjunction with the Elmwood Park Library. An Illinois Master Gardener will teach us how to effectively do composting specifically for an urban environment. Why just throw out yard waste when, with a little effort, it can be used to enrich the soil.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Florist Peggy Denning will be on hand to offer her expertise on how to design attractive containers for porches and patios. She will provide suggestions about what plants to choose, how to combine them and then how to care for them to be able to enjoy season long beauty.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
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.

Saturday, July 14, 2018
A Saturday date for our annual garden walk where several gardens from Elmwood Park and surrounding communities will be featured. This year we are assisting the food pantry at St. Celestine Parish. The ticket price will be $10 with a donation of some non-perishable food stuffs or $12 without a food donation; the extra $2 will then go to the food pantry. This is a great way to see some lovely gardens while helping a worthy cause. Tickets are sold at Centennial Park at 76th and Armitage the day of the walk.

Friday, August 24, 2018
On this Friday date we will go to the Oak Park Conservatory at 615 Garfield Street in Oak Park for their Uncorked event. The ticket price includes two drinks and an appetizer, live entertainment, and docent led tours of the wonderful conservatory. The conservatory is a lovely place to visit at any time, but this event is really a good time!

mandavilla 400wThursday, September 13, 2018
This meeting will be dedicated to learning about raised bed gardening. We will have an Illinois Master Gardener explain how to construct or purchase the raised beds as well as how to plant and care for them. This type of gardening is easy on the backs and knees of gardeners while being practical and attractive.

Thursday, October 11, 2018
We will go to Robert’s Floral Design Studio at 3015 N. Harlem in Chicago where we will have a session with designer Robert Neri. He will help us create a lovely Fall arrangement to take home. Registration will be required for this event and the price to participate will be determined based on participation and the materials needed.

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Our final meeting for the year, when 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.


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