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2017 Meetings/Programs

Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, January through November at 7 pm at the Copley Theatre, directly across from the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Parking is available on Stolp and Galena, as well as in city lots and the Hollywood Casino (free for Casino members).

Meetings at the Copley Theatre will be held on the following Mondays at 7 p.m.:

  • January 9
  • February 13
  • April 10
  • May 8
January 9
Tips for the Lazy Gardener
Cindy Tyley, owner of Carriage House Garden Design, will present tips for both indoor and outdoor gardening for all seasons with ways to save time, energy and money.
February 13
Indoor Gardening
Mel Zaloudek, Landscape Consultant, Horticulture faculty member Triton
College, will cheer up your home environment with happy and healthy houseplants. His overview will include tips on care, as well as pest and disease control. Bring your questions.
March 13
Field trip to Lizzie’s Garden Center
Meeting begins at 6 pm
Enjoy a greenhouse tour, presentation on containers and an opportunity to create your own container to take home. Refreshments served. Lizzie’s Garden Center islocated at 24254 W. 111th Street, Naperville.
April 10
Grow a Cook’s Garden
Nina Koziol, writer for Chicagoland Gardening magazine and the Chicago Tribune will present how to get the most our of the edible garden covering soil, location, heirloom vegetable and three-season planting of vegetables.
May 8
Great Gardens of Chicagoland
Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine will take us on a visual tour of great gardens in the Chicago area.
Details of our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 20, will be finalized.
June
Members’ Annual Potluck Dinner
July 11
Your Home Landscape: From Glum to Gorgeous with Ground Cover
Laura Christensen, Chicago-area Landscape Designer, will talk about a wide range of great groundcovers, their features, where and how to use and with which partner plants they will look their best. Groundcovers can have a major visual impact in your yard.
August 14
Improving Your Soil the Natural Way
Ken Benson, landscape architect, will explore techniques used by his grandparents for the preparation of flower beds and vegetable gardens. Basic soil ingredients, solutions, and amendments will be covered.
September 11
What Now? Refreshing the Tired Garden and Gardener
Beth Botts, thegardenbeat.com, has written articles about organic gardening and country gardens and will present how-to tips on giving an established garden a new look and feel with the bonus of taking less work to maintain.
September
Member Plant Exchange
October 9
Amazing Birds
Hear amazing facts, stories and behaviors about birds. Bob Andrini, nature program educator and teacher of bird classes at College of DuPage, will give you a look at birds as you have never seen them before.
November 13
Crazy for Containers–For Winter
Laura Christensen, Chicago area Landscape Designer, returns to teach about creating long-lasting winter arrangements to brighten your entry area or add color to your patio or deck. Presentation will include photos of Laura’s container designs with a hands-on-demonstration of a winter arrangement that will be raffled off to Club members
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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