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,
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

Growing Rhododendrons and Azaleas in the Midwest

by John Golub

John is a National Director on the Board of the American Rhododendron Societies and is President of its Midwest Chapter. He also chairs the Mother’s Day Rhododendron show and sale at the Chicago Botanic Garden. His 1.5-acre garden with 400 hybrids of rhododendrons has been recognized by the National Conservancy. John, with slides, will illustrate the selection of, and the proper conditions and care for these lovely shrubs.

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Dolores Hernandez, Maryann Loda, Sue Murray

Horticulture Talk
Container Gardening, by Robin Geller

Flower Guild: Continuing Project

First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights, IL
Collect coats (new or cleaned, gently used), hats, scarves, and gloves.

January, 2018 Reminders

All Award applications due on January 1st

  • Cut off branches from your old Christmas tree and use them to cover perennials.
  • 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.
  • Cut branches of flowering woody plants to force indoors. Cut when the temperature is above freezing.
  • If perennials heave out of the ground from freeze-thaw cycles, press crowns back into place.
  • 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.
  • Skim the new garden catalogs and plan, plan, plan!

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

Houseplants: Our Friends

by Ken Benson

Ken, a landscape architect, formerly hosted a Cable TV landscaping show. He served on the Chicago Flower and Garden Show board for ten years and has a Masters in Horticulture from University of Illinois. Ken will talk about care for house plants - location, conditions, disease and insects – in addition to touching on procedures for bringing plants like geraniums and amaryllis indoors.

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses: Anne Bevers, Karen Cullen, Beth Mishkin Horticulture Talk Shade Gardens, by Sylvia Ney

Flower Guild: Continuing Project WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger) Collect personal hygiene products (get suggested list at the January meeting).

February, 2018 Reminders

Membership dues of $25 due by the April meeting.

  • Groundhog Day: Check plants for animal damage.
  • 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 to improve their situations.
  • Remove rose cones during winter warm spells. Replace when temperatures dip.
  • Prune fruit trees.

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

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

Lisa Hildenberger, Chicago Botanic Garden

Lisa will speak to us about the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Fruit and Vegetable Garden, which she in charge of.

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses: Marysia Kamuda, Krys Luby, Pauline Vance

Ways and Means Project: Distribution of plant sale order forms

Horticulture Talk: Gardening With Wings Representative from WINGS

Flower Guild: Holy Family Food Pantry, Waukegan Collect crayons, coloring books, small games for Easter baskets to be assembled at Lyn Ferguson's.

March 2018 Reminders

Membership dues of $25 due by the April meeting

District IX Annual Meeting Date & Location: TBA

  • 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 deciduous trees and shrubs that bloom in the summer (not shrubs that bloom before June 15th).
  • Prune autumn flowering clematis vines to 12 inches tall.
  • Check drainage in planting areas. Dig holes 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Fill the holes with water and time how long it takes for water to drain. More than 6 hours denotes drainage problems.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 6:30 P.M.

Installation Dinner

New officers will be installed. Location: To be announced

Ways and Means Project: Plant sale order forms due

Hostesses: none

Horticulture Talk: none

Flower Guild: Jewish Council for Youth Services Northwest, Buffalo Grove Donations will be accepted for new playground equipment for the JCYS child care center.

April 2018 Reminders

$25 membership dues now due

  • Continue yard cleanup and enjoy those beautiful spring bulbs.
  • Clean pots and ready beds for planting.
  • Visit garden centers for new ideas.
  • 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.
  • Plant bare root plants. Soak roots in warm water for two hours before planting.
  • Remove spent flowers from spring bulbs but allow foliage to wither and turn brown before removing.
  • Establish or renovate turf by seed or sod.
  • Begin to plant perennials, hardy ornamental grasses and roses.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 7:00 P.M.

Tips for the Lazy Gardener

By Cindy Tyley

Cindy, who owns Carriage House Garden Design, has a certificate in Landscape Design and is a member of the Western Springs Garden Club. Her show-and-tell presentation will help us discover useful ways to save time, energy and money while gardening. She will include tips for both indoor and outdoor gardening throughout the year.

Alcott Center
530 Bernard
Buffalo Grove

Hostesses: Lourdes Oliver Benz, Mary Ann Carli Joan Sparreo Horticulture Talk Attracting Butterflies, by Joanne Dicker

Flower Guild: WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger) Donations will be collected to buy herbs, flowers, and soil for safe houses.

May 2018 Reminders

Annual Plant Sale – May 11, 2018, 1pm - 6pm

  • Take a ride to the Buffalo Grove Blue Star Memorial Marker to see the beautiful daffodil display.
  • Plant more native flowers and shrubs, especially those attracting butterflies and birds.
  • Stake tall perennials before they reach 6 inches high.
  • Pinch back fall bloomers weekly until early July - mums, asters, tall sedums.
  • Investigate installing drip irrigation or soaker hoses; they are efficient water-saving tools.
  • 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 the lawn.
  • Fertilize roses with liquid 20-20-20 solution when flower buds are set.
  • Spray lily shoots with animal repellant for rabbits and deer.
  • Plant your plants purchased at our Annual Plant Sale.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 6:30 P.M.

Fill Your Planter

by the staff at Hawthorne Gardens

The Club will provide 2 plants per member. Bring your own planter and soil OR purchase them if you prefer. You may also buy additional plants.

Hawthorne Gardens 2248 N. Old McHenry Rd. Hawthorne Woods, IL 60047-8417 847-746-0627

Pre-registration is necessary.

Hostesses: Susan McCarthy, Jean Borger, Ulrike Kay Horticulture Talk None

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

June 2018 Reminders

  • Make notes in your journal – what is doing well, what needs to be changed or moved, etc.
  • 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.
  • If no rain, keep lawns green by watering once or twice per week for a total of 1 to 1.5 inches per week.
  • 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.
  • If you use soaker hoses, cover them with 2 inches of organic mulch to retain moisture.
Alcott Center
530 Bernard Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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