Our monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at the Alcott Center, unless otherwise noted.

To find our more about our club or visiting our next meeting and how to join, please email us at buffalogrovegc@gmail.com

Alcott Center
530 Bernard Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 7:00 P.M.

That Ain't No Way to Treat a Tree

Over a long career, Mike has shared his expertise about gardening, the environment and green living: on the radio, on TV, in Chicagoland Gardening Magazine, in a book, and in a podcast on his website, www.mikenowak.net. Mike is a Master Gardener and Openlands TreeKeeper. In this program, he "looks at the funnier side of misinformation, misunderstanding and miscommunication…about the magnificent plants we call trees".

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses:Lyn Ferguson, Stephanie Gullen, Mary Ellen Moley

Horticulture Talk
Daffodils 1,2,3… by Kathy Monroe

Flower Guild: Bernie's Book Bank, Lake Bluff
Bring gently used books (birth – Grade 6) to be given to children in need in the Chicagoland area.

Workshop: Members will make bed tray floral arrangements for area nursing homes. - New Project

September, 2018 Reminders

  • Fly the American flag proudly on Sept. 11, 2018.
  • Yearbook Award Application due October 1st.
  • New Project - Member workshop to make bed tray floral arrangements for area nursing homes.
  • It's time to plant bulbs. Choose bulbs that are firm with no soft spots. Larger bulbs will produce larger blooms. Remember… a lot of one kind of bulb is much more effective than a few of many kinds.
  • Bring "summered” houseplants indoors before temperatures drop below 50 degrees. Rinse the leaves and check for signs of insects or disease.
  • Take cuttings of geraniums, begonias, impatiens and coleus. Grow as houseplants until spring.
  • Fertilize your lawn. If you fertilize just once a year, fall is the best time to do it. Select fertilizers that contain slow release or controlled-release nitrogen.
  • Apply broadleaf weed control on lawns for dandelions, clover and ground ivy.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 6:30 P.M.

Fall Potluck Dinner

Please bring a favorite appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert, and – a "WHITE ELEPHANT” gift (wrapped or bagged)

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses: Everyone

Horticulture Talk

Flower Guild: Wreaths Across America
Donations will be accepted for wreaths to be placed on Veterans' graves at a participating location within Illinois.

Workshop: Members will make bed tray floral arrangements for area nursing homes. - New Project

October, 2018 Reminders

Fall Clean Up: All members needed!
Civic garden beds: October 20, 9:00 AM. Rain date: October 22 (Dates may change)

  • Continue planting spring flowering bulbs (up until the ground is frozen). Root growth occurs until soil temperatures drop below 40 degrees.
  • Needles dropping from pines, yews, junipers and arborvitae are a natural fall occurrence. Evergreens drop their older needles to allow for new growth.
  • Prune and deadhead perennials as needed. Discard any diseased leaves.
  • Leave the seed heads on coneflowers and black-eyed Susans for winter interest and for the birds to eat.
  • Leave grasses for winter interest.
  • Clean and sterilize containers before storing for winter.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:00 P.M.

Floral Arrangements

By Glen Egeland

One of our favorites, Glen Egeland, returns to us from the Barrington Flower Shop in Barrington. He will create five or six arrangements – some for the fall season and some perfect for the winter holidays. All will be raffled off at the end of the meeting.

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses: Rebecca Steinmeier, Anne Bevers, Karen Cullen

Horticulture Talk
Monarchs and Milkweed, by Joanne Dicker

Flower Guild: The Night Ministry, Chicago
Collect travel-size hygiene items, socks, gloves and money donations for individuals and families suffering from poverty and homelessness.

November, 2018 Reminders

All Award applications due for projects held on or before 10-20-18.

  • Continue raking leaves, mulching and preparing your beds for winter.
  • Clean and fill bird feeders. Maintain water supply for birds during the winter. Small heating coils can be used to prevent freezing.
  • Clean, oil and store hand tools in a dry location. Put the lawn mower away; let it run out of gas first.
  • Disconnect outside water sources, drain hoses and store indoors.
  • Bring in garden statuary and decorations to reduce weathering.
  • Empty, clean, and store ceramic, cement or terra cotta containers.
  • Soilless mix from containers can be stored in a pile outside and combined with equal parts of fresh mix for next year's containers.
  • Add 2 to 4 inches of shredded leaves or compost to beds once the ground has frozen completely.
  • Apply anti-desiccant (Wilt Pruf or Vapor Gard) to broadleaf evergreens starting in late fall, following label instructions.
  • Pot up amaryllis in mid-November for holiday bloom.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:30 P.M.

Annual Holiday Dinner Party - Location TBD

Hostesses: None

Horticulture Talk

Flower Guild: Vernon Township Food Pantry and Toys for Tots
Collect non-perishable food items for the food pantry and/or a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

"All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so."
---Eleanor Roosevelt

December, 2018 Reminders

  • State Horticulture Award #42 application due.
  • Club Achievement Award #41 application due.
  • All Award applications due by January 1, 2019 for all events held after October 20, 2018
  • Donations to GCI due.
  • Keep your poinsettia plants away from cold, drafty doorways or windows. Provide ample light and do not let the pot dry completely. Poke holes in decorative foil to allow drainage of pot. Empty saucer.
  • Plant some bulbs to force for indoor winter bloom.
  • Trim evergreen branches to make holiday wreaths and swags.

"If you've never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden."
---Robert Brault

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 7:00 P.M.

Insects in Your Back Yard

By Joan Sayre

Joan is a macro-photographer, who, along with her husband Jim, has traveled extensively and has for years been documenting – in close-up – the world of nature. Her amazing photographs will show you our smallest garden critters like you've never seen them before.

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses: Barbara Gilblair, Marysia Kamuda, Krys Luby

Horticulture Talk
What To Do With All Those Poinsettias! by Jan Prahl

Flower Guild: Lake County Haven Donation to their new shelter.
List to follow.

January, 2019 Reminders

All Award applications due by January 1st for club events held after 10/20/18.

  • Protect plants from animals. Create barriers with deer netting, snow fencing and hardware cloth.
  • Snow provides excellent insulation for plants. Distribute it on perennials.
  • Remove heavy snow from evergreens by gently sweeping with a broom and lifting from underneath. Prune branches damaged by snow and ice.
  • Check all indoor plants for signs of insects and wash them with insecticidal soap.
  • Houseplants require less water and less - if any - fertilizer in this semi-dormant winter period.
  • Scan the new garden catalogs and plan, plan, plan!

50 Years of Memories
Past club meeting places include St. Mary's school (science lab), Raupp Memorial Building (now the museum), Hope Lutheran Church, a bowling alley, Indian Trails Library, Crossings Clubhouse and member's homes.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:00 P.M.

Laxy Gardener's Guide to Green Landscaping

By David Brooks

David, a professional naturalist from Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg, will present ways we can help protect the environment while also saving time, money and effort on yard maintenance, pest control and plant replacement.

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses: Nicole Perron, Connie Moxley, Sandy Smith

Horticulture Talk
Attracting Hummingbirds, by Barbara Gilblair

Flower Guild: Wings
Collect items and donations for residents of safe houses.

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."
---Abraham Lincoln

February, 2019 Reminders

Membership fees of $25 are due by the April meeting.

  • Pinch off Christmas cactus flowers after blooming.
  • Sharpen and clean your garden tools as needed.
  • During winter thaws, water evergreens, broad-leafed evergreens and conifers.
  • Houseplants may be suffering stress from low light and humidity, overwatering or warm rooms. Move them to improve their situations.

50 Years of Memories
Past civic projects included: planting at St. Mary's School, Hope Lutheran Church, Willow Stream Pool, Emmerich Park, and Knopf Cemetery. Club also maintained a monthly houseplant and a mini-garden information center at the Indian Trails Library.

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."
---Gertrude Jekyll

(First) Tuesday, March 5, 2019 7:00 P.M.


By Linda Mackey

Learn from a U of I Extension Master Gardener the virtues of ornamental grasses as a feature in the home garden. Linda will share how to select them, grow them, and use them in your garden. You will be inspired to incorporate grasses in your existing beds or even develop a mass planting showcasing a collection of your favorites! (April and May are perfect months for planting).

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses: Pauline Vance, Jan Katzman, Jenny Brandon

Way and Means Project: Distribution of Plant Sale Order Forms

Horticulture Talk
Container Gardens, by Robin Geller

Flower Guild: Holy Family Food Pantry, Waukegan
Collect travel-size hand sanitizer, shampoo, chap stick, toothpaste/toothbrushes and small toys for Easter baskets for homeless children.

March, 2019 Reminders

Membership fees of $25 are due by the April meeting.

District IX Annual Meeting
Hosted by Buffalo Grove Garden Club & Garden Guild of Highland Park
March 12 at the Cotillion in Palatine
Theme is “Step Into Spring”

  • Start seeds indoors for late May planting.
  • Fertilize houseplants as they begin new growth.
  • Begin garden cleanup, weather permitting.
  • It's time to prune clematis when the buds begin to swell. Prune autumn flowering clematis vines to 12”.
  • Prune deciduous trees and shrubs that bloom in the summer (not shrubs that bloom before June 15th).

50 Years of Memories
The club had workshops throughout the years to make ornaments for a holiday tree at the Botanic Garden, bed-tray arrangements and bibs from towels for nursing homes and Easter candy baskets for Maryville.

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."
---Gertrude Jekyll

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 6:30 P.M.

50th Installation Dinner

New officers will be installed.

Wild Buffalo, Buffalo Grove Golf Course
48 Raupp Blvd.
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses: None

Way and Means Project: Plant Sale Order Forms Due

Horticulture Talk

Flower Guild: Feed My Starving Children
Date TBA to assemble food for third-world countries and to make a monetary donation. New Project.

April, 2019 Reminders

$25 Membership fees are now due.

  • Continue yard cleanup and enjoy those beautiful spring bulbs. Clean pots and ready beds for planting.
  • Prune large-flowered clematis that bloom in mid-June into July. Cut to the highest swelling bud.
  • Uncover roses. Remove mulch and mounded soil.
  • Mow or trim groundcovers to remove winter-browned foliage. Fertilize and water to promote new growth.
  • Remove spent flowers from spring bulbs but allow foliage to wither and turn brown before removing.
  • Begin to plant perennials, hardy ornamental grasses and roses.

50 Years of Memories
Past Ways & Means Projects included corsage sales, craft boutiques, selling lemonade and cookies at Buffalo Grove Days, Current and Creative Stitchery parties, surveys, Shop & Share and on and on and on!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:00 P.M.

Culinary Herb Bowls

By Lisa Hilgenberg

Lisa, a horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, was with us last year, sharing about her work as manager of the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden at the Botanic Gardens. Her combination of expertise and enthusiasm guarantees we'll have fun and learn a lot about herbs! Note: Her creations will be raffled off.

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses: Lourdes Oliver Benz, Susan McCarthy, Maryann Loda

Horticulture Talk
Pruning Perennials, by Sylvia Ney

Flower Guild: Wings
Donations will be collected to buy herbs, flowers, and soil for safe houses.

May, 2019 Reminders

Annual Plant Sale – May 10, 2019

  • Take a ride to the Buffalo Grove Blue Star Memorial to see the beautiful daffodil display.
  • Plant more native flowers and shrubs, especially those attracting butterflies and birds.
  • Pinch back fall bloomers weekly until early July - mums, asters, tall sedums.
  • Continue deadheading spring bulbs when flowering is done to direct energy back into bulbs. Let foliage turn brown.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs, trees after they bloom.
  • Fertilize roses with liquid 20-20-20 solution when flower buds are set.
  • Plant your purchases from our Annual Plant Sale.

50 Years of Memories
Some memorable club workshops included making scarecrows, weaving baskets, bow making, fabric flowers, macramé mice, popcorn plaques, and corn husk dolls.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 7:00 P.M.

SHHHHHH – It's a Secret!

Members' Hands-On Workshop/Demonstrations. Plans are in the making - more information to follow.

Hostesses: Jean Borger, Ulrike Kay, Jan Prahl

Horticulture Talk
PHosta Arrangement Demonstration, by Jan Prahl

Flower Guild: Orphans of the Storm, Riverwoods, IL
Collect dog/cat food, toys, old towels, newspapers and treats for local animal shelter.

June, 2019 Reminders

Annual Plant Sale – May 10, 2019

  • Monitor your garden for pests.
  • Water when plants wilt – early in the day is best.
  • Mulch garden beds after weeding and watering.
  • Mow lawns at a height of 3 inches. Mowing at 2 inches or less promotes weeds.
  • Water regularly, about 1 inch of water weekly, either by rain or watering.
  • Deadhead hybrid tea roses.
  • Fertilize roses with a second application of liquid 20-20-20 fertilizer after the first flush of flowers.
  • Harvest herbs in mid-morning when leaves are dry but before the heat of the day.
  • Fertilize annuals in containers with a quarter-strength balanced fertilizer every 7-10 days.

50 Years of Memories
50 years of memories, including progressive dinners, joint house walks/luncheons with St. Mary's Women's Club, producing 3 cookbooks, Flower Shows at the library and St. Mary's, Halloween bingo at our October potlucks, and running the Homemaking Contest at BG Days!


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