Apr 27 2018

Plant Sale May 19th: 8am-2pm

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It’s that time of year again! The West Chicago Garden Club Plant Sale will once again be at the center of the Blooming Fest festival here in West Chicago.  Our sale helps to fund our club and our annual donation to the Tuberous Sclerosis Foundation.

We are located on Galena Street right by Main Street. Click here for a Google Map. Main Street is closed for the festival (between Chicago Street & Washington Street), but there will be directions to city parking lots that are nearby.


We would like to thank the wonderful local companies who helped sponsor our tent for the sale: Ball Horticultural, NorthStar Credit Union, Jell-Sert, and Bond-Dickson.  The cost for the tent vastly increased this year and we are very grateful for the help these companies provided.  About 2/3 of the tent cost has been covered so far!

Apr 19 2018

April 2018 Meeting – April 26

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The Latest and Greatest: The Lure of New Plant Varieties

Meeting Location: Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street, West Chicago

Meeting Time: 6:45PM Refreshments,  7:00PM Business Meeting,  7:15PM Program

Speaker: Jim Nau, Ball Horticultural Company

Every year the world’s breeders introduce a wide range of new plant introductions and this year is no exception. This presentation will cover a number of the latest including; annuals, perennials, vegetables, plus a few surprises. Information will include heights and sun/shade tolerance.

This program will be presented by Jim Nau, Corporate Archivist and Cultural Advisor for Ball Horticultural Company.

For 34 years, Jim Nau managed the greenhouses and gardens of the Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Illinois. He is celebrating his 36th year during 2018. His current role is Curator of the Ball Horticultural Archives and Cultural Advisor to the Ball Horticultural Company.

Jim graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in horticulture and business. He is a Past President and judge for All America Selections as well the Past President of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG). Jim is the recipient of the Perennial Plant Association’s Garden Media Award winner and has been a keynote speaker for Cultivate as well as several other Greenhouse Conferences. In addition, Jim received the Medallion of Honor award from All America Selections for Outstanding Achievement in Horticulture.

Growing and gardening are a passion with Jim. Cooking is also a passion. Besides his own cooking, he is a chili judge in the western suburbs of Chicago, tasting 16-20 chili’s at a time and evaluating cooks all over the Midwest.


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