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2018 Meetings/Programs

Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, January through November at 7 pm, unless otherwise indicated, at

West Aurora Plaza
1921 West Galena Blvd.

The storefront is at the east end between the Dollar Tree and the Barber Shop.

January 8
Micro Climates: Pushing the Zone Envelope
Cindy Tyley, owner of Carriage House Garden Design, will discuss factors influencing micro climates in your landscape, choosing better growing sites for your plants, and how to experiment with plants normally not considered hardy in Zone 5.
February 12
Bingo and Potluck
Meeting begins at 6 p.m.
March 12
Micro Edible Wild Plants
Patricia Armstrong, Morton Arboretum and College of DuPage, will enlighten us about the 600 plus wild edible plants, trees, shrubs, wildflowers and weeds that we can turn into tasty foods for our table.
March 19
Field Trip to Lizzie's Garden Center (arrive by 6 p.m.)
Create your own spring arrangement selecting from best available plants. $20 per person. Meet at 6 pm at Lizzie’s Garden Center, 24254 W. 111th Street, Naperville. 630-904-1066.
April 9
Beyond NPK… it's Sex in the Soil (meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Lynn Bement, the Compost Queen, will speak about the fascinating world beneath out feet. Learn about the secret life of microorganisms and that by feeding these microorganisms we can create an environment that is more disease and insect resistant, as well as drought tolerant.
May 14
New Gardening Trends
Barb Collins, author on landscaping and plantscaping, will discuss how trends in color, style and fashion affect what you grow in your garden. Learn about shiplap and the color Greenery, as well as desirable plant traits.
May 19
Annual Plant Sale
June 11
Members’ Annual Potluck Dinner, 6 p.m.
July 9
Sensory and Enabling Gardening
Janie Grillo, Midwest Groundcovers, will introduce plants and features we can add to the garden to enhance the gardening experience to stimulate the senses beyond the beauty and fragrance of flowers. She will also share tips to consider as we garden into our golden years.
July 17
A Tuesday Field Trip to John Richter's Garden (arrive by 6 p.m.)
John’s garden features a wonderful collection of grafted trees, over 550 different hostas, and his numerous daylily collection will be in bloom. Plant divisions will be available for purchase. Meet at 6 p.m. at 29W430 Forestview Drive North, Warrenville.
August 13
Lyme Disease Epidemic and What Gardeners Need to Know
Laura Christensen, landscape designer and educational speaker, is a recovered patient and parent of three adult children with a history of Lyme disease. Her wealth of knowledge and information on Lyme disease includes how we contract it, how best to protect ourselves, the symptoms, type of doctor to see and treatment.
September 10
Our Climate Crisis
Kent Taylor, Climate Reality Project, will address the science behind and the challenges inherent in our climate crisis. Observed evidence on how climate change is affecting our oceans, reefs, polar areas and economy will be discussed and what we can do to minimize the affects of global warming.
September
Member Plant Exchange
October 8

November 12
 
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2017 Meetings & Programs
January
February       March
April
May
June
July

August
September

October
November
Tips for the Lazy Gardener
Indoor Gardening
Field Trip to Lizzie’s Garden Center
Grow a Cook’s Garden
Great Gardens of Chicago Land
Annual Member Potluck Dinner
Your Home Landscape: From Glum to Gorgeous with Ground Cover
Improving Your Soil the Natural Way
What now? Refreshing the Tired Garden and Gardener
Member Plant Exchange
Amazing Birds
Crazy for Containers – For Winter
2016 Meetings & Programs
January
February
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
Shade Gardening Beyond Hosta
Bingo and Potluck Dinner
Wildflower Gardens—Nature's Jewel Box
Saving Seeds
Members’ Annual Potluck Dinner
Curb Appeal
Illinois State Insect: Monarch
Member Plant Exchange
Entertaining Spaces/Garden Rooms
2015 Meetings & Programs
January
February
March

April
May
June
July
August
September
September
October
November
Language of Flowers
Tussy Mussy Bouquet Workshop
What's New and Upcoming in Plants and Flowers from Ball Seed
Monarch Magic
Belfry Bees and Honey
Members’ Annual Potluck Dinner
Vegetative Propagation
Landscape Design
Bulbs through the Seasons
Member Plant Exchange
Scale and Pruning: what-to-do and how-to
Holiday table arrangement
2014 Meetings & Programs
January
February
March
April
May
June
July

August
September
October
November
Mike Nowak, WCPT Radio Host
Lazy Gardeners Guide to Green Landscaping
Fairy Gardens
Beaded Suncatcher Craft
Incredible Bats
Members' Annual Potluck Dinner
To Eat or Not to Eat? That is the question
—Edibles in the Landscape
Growing Vertical—Annual and Perennial Vines
Members' Annual Plant Exchange
Rooftop Gardening
Hands-on Creation of Outdoor Holiday Planter
2013 Meetings & Programs
January
February
March

April
May
June
July
August
September

October
November
All About Orchids
All About Hydrangeas
Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds
to the Garden
Backyard Birds
Where on Earth Did You Find That?
Members’ Annual Pot Luck Dinner
Field Trip: Garfield Farm & Museum
Field Trip: Blumen Gardens
Mum is Not Always the Word
Members’ Annual Plant exchange
All Things Native
Hands-on Creation of Outdoor Holiday Planter
2012 Meetings & Programs
January

February
March

April
May
June
July
August
September

October
November
What’s Hot and What’s Not—Annuals & Perennials
The Herb Garden
Doorstep Gardening—Creating the Entrance Garden
What’s the Buzz on Honeybees?
Vegetable Gardening
Members’Annual Potluck Dinner
Field Trip: Gardens of John Richter
Falcon Demonstration
Field Trip: Heritage Prairie Farm
Members’ Annual Plant Exchange
Garden Snatchers
Companion Plants, Prairie Style

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