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2019 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 14
Winter Sowing
Laura Spang, University of Illinois Extension, will demonstrate how to start seeds outside during the winter. Learn how to sow seeds in miniature greenhouses made from recycled plastic containers. Place outside in the snow and cold and Mother Nature does the rest.
February 11
Bingo and Potluck
Meeting begins at 6 p.m.
March 11
Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Garden
Bonnie Prokop and Dawn Olson, University of Illinois Extension, will speak about butterflies and hummingbirds as useful pollinators and how to design your garden to attract them.
April 8
Organic Kitchen Garden
Debbie Rae, The Gardener Wife, will share how she maintains an organic kitchen garden from year to year, her favorite methods for planting, watering, feeding and putting the garden to bed and how to deal with pests, diseases and weeds.
May 13
Dahlias
Sue Fitzgerald, South Town Dahlia Club, will discuss these amazing and beautiful flowers.
June 10
Members’ Annual Potluck Dinner, 6 p.m.
July 8
Stuffed Topiaries
Karen Thomson, will demonstrate how to plant and create different topiaries using mosses, greens and flowers.
August 12
The Garden's Frequent Fliers—Dragonflies and Damselflies
Cindy Crosby’s interactive presentation will feature the fascinating and bizarre lives of these garden flyers.
September 9
Amazing Alternatives to the Traditional Lawn
Julie Janoski will tell how to reduce our area of lawn with different forms of plantings and hardscapes.
September
Member Plant Exchange
October 14
Animal-resistant Gardening
Mel Zaloudek will address proper plant selection, physical barriers and effective repellents to keep pesky critters at bay.
November 11
Holiday Planter Arrangement
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2018 Meetings & Programs
January
February
March
March
April
May
May
June
July
July
August

September
September
October
November
Micro Climates: Pushing the Zone Envelope
Bingo and Potluck
Micro Edible Wild Plants
Field Trip to Lizzie's Garden Center
Beyond NPK… it's Sex in the Soil
New Gardening Trends
Annual Plant Sale
Members’ Annual Potluck Dinner
Sensory and Enabling Gardening
A Tuesday Field Trip to John Richter's Garden
Lyme Disease Epidemic and What Gardeners Need to Know
Our Climate Crisis
Member Plant Exchange
Art & Architecture in the Garden
Lizzie’s Garden—create a macramé plant holder
2017 Meetings & Programs
January
February
March
April
May
June
July

August
September

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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