About the Garden Clubcentennialparkplanter 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 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.


2019 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 14, 2019
Our first meeting of the year. Our speaker is Melissa Custic, an expert on trees and also an Elmwood Park resident. She will talk to us about selecting and caring for trees specifically for our area.

Thursday, April 11, 2019
The meeting will be presented in conjunction with the Elmwood Park Library. Kim Ellison from Peshce’s Garden Center and a former Horticulture Educator for the Illinois Master Gardeners will offer specific plant suggestions to give season long color and interest to our gardens.

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Judy Speer from Small Waters Education and garden club member Laura Barr will discuss the benefits of incorporating native plants into home gardens. They will also show a short film on the subject.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019
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 14, 2019
A SUNDAY this time, this is our annual garden walk where several gardens from Elmwood Park and surrounding communities will be featured. This year we are again assisting the food pantry at St. Celestine Parish. This is a great way to see some lovely gardens while helping a worthy cause. Tickets, which are sold at Centennial Park at 76th and Armitage the day of the walk, will be discounted if a non-perishable food donation is made.

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Garden club member and professional chef, Mary Gunderson, will speak on cooking with herbs fresh from our backyards. Since this is when our gardens are producing them in earnest, she will also tell us how to preserve those tasty herbs for future use.

mandavilla 400wThursday, September 19, 2019
This meeting will be dedicated to the fall clean-up tasks that need to be done as well as what plants can successfully be added to our landscapes now. A representative from Lofton Landscaping will be the presenter.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Robert Neri from Robert’s Floral Design Studio will guide us in creating a lovely Fall door hanger 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 14, 2019
Our final meeting for the year will be 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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