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"

Carol Cichorski

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"

Kim White

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"

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.











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