4000 Saratoga Ave.

Downers Grove, IL

12:30 p.m. - Refreshments  

                                                                                     1:15 p.m. - Business Meeting

At each business meeting, the Horticulture Chairman presents gardening tips and shares plants with members.

The Conservation and Environmental Chairmen report on current issues.

                                                                                     1:45 p.m. - Program (see below)       



October 17, 2022

"Turn Your Garden into a B&B for Birds"

Alyse Cohen Burman

Owner of Wildbird Shack in Mount Prospect

Presentation on birdscape design, food hygiene, and squirrel prevention.

The right balance of food, feeders, water, and shelter will entice a variety of birds to your garden


January 16, 2023

"Beauty on a Budget"

Joyce Basel

Floral merchandiser for Costco in Bloomingdale

A demonstration on how to arrange a bunch of flowers once they come home with you.

Arrangements will be raffled off.

February 27, 2023

"Landscape Ideas for Small Spaces"

Cindy Tyley

Certified landscape designer, owner of Carriage House Garden Design.

Discover ideas for a balcony, an area between garages, or an unused side yard.


March 20, 2023

"Monarchs:  The History and Science Behind the Monarch Craze"

Kim White

Master naturalist and education coordinator for the DuPage Monarch Project.

Discussion on what else we can do to help the Monarchs. 

Will just planting milkweed fix the problem of their diminishing numbers?

May 15, 2023

"Creating an Eco-Friendly Yard"

Jim Kleinwachter

Conservation Foundation Program Director

Presentation on how yards can be transformed into small nature areas

with the use of native plants.  Jim will share how good design and

plant selection will produce an ornamental garden for you

and a habitat for pollinators and birds.

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September 19, 2022

"A Brief History of Trees in America"

Cindy Crosby

Cindy teaches natural history for The Morton Arboretum, Wild Ones

Native Landscape groups, Sierra Club, The Illinois Extension,

Illinois Garden Clubs and other organizations.

Presentation on the roles of our favorite trees in building our nation.

From oaks to sugar maples to the American chestnut, 

trees changed the course of American history.

May 16, 2022

"Controlling Garden Marauders"

Mark Lyons

Master Gardener, consultant and educator,

Mark is a Garden Coach with Green Thumb at Your Service,

dedicated to inspiring and coaching people on growing their own food.

Presentation gives information on how to control critters in your garden,

from aphids to squirrels to rabbits, etc.

March 21, 2022

"GMOs in Our Lives"

Richard Hentschel

Master's Degree in Horticulture focusing on

plant pathology and plant physiology.

Informative slide presentation on this somewhat controversial topic

of genetically modified organisms.

February 28, 2022

"Keeping Evergreens Green"

Brad Buker

ISA Certified Arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts

Slide presentation highlighting current issues with evergreens.

January 17, 2022

"Biomimicry:  Looking to Nature to Solve Today's Problems"

Kim White

Co-steward for DuPage County Forest Preserve,

spent 19 years with Brookfield Zoo's Education Department

What does a bur have in common with NASA ... a king fish with a high-speed train?

In this fascinating talk and slide presentation, Kim will show many examples of when

science and technology looked to nature to solve complex problems. 

She will be bringing some of her more exotic friends,

like a live hedgehog, a gecko, a fish and some other unique specimens.

October 18, 2021


"Creative Screening -- Beyond Arborvitae"

Heather Prince

Heather has been part of the green industry for over 20 years,

including experience at the Morton Arboretum,

the Chicago Botanical garden, and Wannamaker's.

Slide presentation.

September 20, 2021

"Dahlias -- Living Fireworks"

Carol and Mike Cichorski

Carol is Past President of the Elk Grove Garden Club. 

Mike is Past President of the Central States Dahlia Society.

PowerPoint presentation. 

Carol and Mike share their passion for dahlias and how to grow them.

February 17, 2020

"Talk to a Friend, Talk to a Plant"

Pat Menzenberger

DuPage County Master Gardener with 13 years' experience teaching indoor gardening at

Lyons Township High School, owner of Friendly Foliage Plant Store in LaGrange.

How to have a conversation with your indoor plants -- find out what they need to thrive,

in which room they are most comfortable, how often to have lunch together, and what other plants to invite.

​​​​​​​​January 20, 2020


"The Lyme Disease Epidemic and What Gardeners Need to Know"

Laura Christensen

Owner of Design with Nature with many years' experience in landscape design.

Laura is a recovered Lyme disease patient and presents this program

with first-hand knowledge and experience.

Learn why Lyme disease has become so widespread, how best to protect yourself,

recognize symptoms, how to get an accurate Lyme test, what type of doctor to see,

and what to expect from treatment.

October 21, 2019


"Bloomin' Bulbs"

Nancy Bell

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener

Flowering bulbs add color to your garden from early spring to late fall.

PowerPoint presentation and tips on common and not-so-common bulbs and their allies

including colors, planting, watering issues, and pointers on their use as cut flowers.

​​September 16, 2019

"Herbal Gourmet"

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh

Owner of Backyard Patch with over 20 years' experience growing herbs.

Published author on subjects relating to herbs.

Discover how adding basic herbs to your culinary palate can make cooking more interesting and delicious.

Discussion about flavor families and demonstrations on how to create herb vinegars,

compound butters, dips, spreads, and teas.

May 20, 2019

"From Glum to Gorgeous with Ground Covers"

Laura Christensen

Landscape designer and educational speaker;

degrees in landscape architecture from University of Wisconsin

and city planning from Northwestern University

PowerPoint presentation on how to use ground covers and partner plants effectively.

March 18, 2019

"Topiary Demonstration"

Karen Thomson

Owner of Thomson Topiaries; presents programs at local clubs

Demonstration on how to make frames for topiaries.

February 25, 2019  (note:  4th Monday)

"Backyard Birds and Bird Feeding"

David Brooks

Manager of Conservation Services at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg Park District

PowerPoint presentation about the who's who of birds

and how to attract them with feeding stations and food plantings.

January 21, 2019

"Founding Gardeners, Sustainability, and Recycling"

Kay McKeen

Executive Director of SCARCE

(School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education)

Presentation on aspects of sustainability and conservation

and our direct connection to nature and the environment.

Tips on how to protect our resources and where to dispose properly of unwanted materials.