MEETINGS and PROGRAMS
FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
432 - 59th St. (at Fairview)
Downers Grove, IL
12:30 p.m. - Business Meeting
At each business meeting, the Horticulture Chairman presents gardening tips and shares plants with members.
The Conservation Chairman reports on current environmental issues.
1:30 p.m. - Refreshments
2:00 p.m. - Program (see below)
May 18, 2020
"Creativity in the Garden"
An avid gardener, Carol is Past President of Elk Grove Garden Club,
speaks regularly at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, and writes a gardening blog.
PowerPoint presentation on ways to show individuality and creativity in your garden,
be courageous in your garden decisions, and think outside the big box store.
March 16, 2020
"Bio-mimicry: Looking to Nature to Solve Today's Problems"
Co-steward for DuPage County Forest Preserve,
spent 19 years with Brookfield Zoo's Education Department
PowerPoint presentation with examples of when science and technology look to nature
to solve complex problems. Live frog, gecko, and lizard will accompany her.
February 17, 2020
"Talk to a Friend, Talk to a Plant"
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"
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
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
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"
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
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"
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"
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.