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Nov 08 2018

November 2018 Meeting – November 15th

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November is our Member Appreciation meeting.  Each year we have a Potluck meal and a special Silent Auction. 

For the dinner, the club provides the main dish, beverages and tableware.  Members bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.  At the same time, we have our annual “Garden Dollar” Silent Auction.  Throughout the year,   members earn “Garden Dollars” by participating in the club.  Dollars can be earned by attending meetings and field trips, volunteering for club events (such as the Plant Sale or at Kruse House Garden), bringing a snack to a meeting, writing a newsletter article and so on.  Those “Garden Dollars” are then the only currency used for the Silent Auction in November.  The Auction items are donated by members, newsletter advertisers, local businesses or the from the club.

We do not have a meeting in December.  Mark your calendars for the first meeting of 2019 on January 24th.  Our speaker will be Carolyn Ulrich, Editor of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine

Our club year runs from January through December so it is about time to renew.  Or it would be a great time to join us!  We keep our dues low by funding our club with our Plant Sale, so Individual membership is only $15 and a Family membership is $25.  If you pay your dues before the November meeting, you will earn 75 “Garden Dollars” to use at the Silent Auction.  Membership Form

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Mar 15 2018

March 2018 Meeting – March 22nd

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How To Wake Up Your Garden

Information from our March speaker in his own words:

My name is Wally Schmidtke. I come from a commercial agricultural background, working on strawberry farms and cherry orchards in Traverse City, Michigan every summer thru school. You may have read my contributions to the column “Ask a Master Gardener” or “Tremendous Tomato Tips” published in the Daily Herald. I’ve been the proud recipient University of Illinois Master Gardener teamwork award for raising an organic vegetable garden and hosting workshops for the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program. My nickname on the Mike Nowak Radio Show was ‘Dr. Wally’. Some of my presentations include the Chicago Botanic Gardens, local colleges (Oakton Community, William Rainey Harper and Lake County), public libraries (Des Plaines, Niles and Schaumburg), and an extensive list of garden clubs. My presentations are based on organic/natural techniques teamed with 30 years in horticulture and a lifetime of gardening experience.

My lecture and Power Point presentation “Wake up Your Gardens for Spring” on March 22nd will include:

  • Managing perennials and woody ornamentals for health and vigor for the upcoming season.
  • Preparing veggie and herb gardens with tips on the using the latest in organic fertilizers and amendments.
  • Seed starting – what you should be doing now.
  • How to get the most out of Container Gardens.
  • Tremendous Tomato Tips – Grow the best tasting and productive tomatoes this year, naturally.
  • Question and Answer Period

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