Events Calendar - 2015/2016

 

For the 2015/16 year our general meetings will be at the Arlington Heights Village Hall.

 

  •   The 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 pm from September through April
  •   In May our meeting will be the Tuesday after Memorial Day
  •  June through August meetings are held in members' home gardens on the 4th Monday at 7 pm


Buechner Meeting Room

First floor of the Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL  60005    847-368-5000

[Free parking located in the Municipal Garage,
the Parking Ramp, and the Sigwalt parking lot]

 

We have monthly presentations by informed guest speakers who cover a wide variety of topics and experiences.  The public is welcome to visit a meeting as our guests but please let us know by sending us a message using the Contact Us page.

Our program chairman is constantly seeking new programs and presenters that are of interest to our club members.  If you have seen or heard of a presentation that you feel others would enjoy, please let us know.  Please send us an email with your information by clicking here
ahgcrequests@gmail.com.

 

 

 

2014

 

Monday

September 28

7:00 pm

 

General Meeting

Topic:  Great Gardens from Harvest to Holiday
Speaker:  Jackie Riffice of “The Prairie                                            Godmothers”

 

In a busy Chicago train station, Jackie Riffice found her purpose in Prairie Godmothers.  She challenged herself to share the gift of nature by passing out native flowers to the commuters.  Their gratitude prompted her to create a company aimed at educating and inspiring others to embrace nature and gardening.  Through Prairie Godmothers, she aims to cultivate in others a sense of shared responsibility as caretakers of our earth, while helping them discover the joy in nurturing native plants.

 

Description:  Put your garden to bed and use the cool season to improve your soil, clean your tools, expand garden spaces and nurture your plants through the long, cool season.  Add harvest and holiday color to your landscape using natural wonders and repurposed odds and ends.  Seasonal vignettes can be welcoming with easy ideas from Prairie Godmothers.

 

Saturday

October 3

10:00 am

 

(Please bring your plants
15 minutes early)

 

Fall Perennial Plant Exchange (Members Only)

 

Please bring your plants to share and take others home!

 

Location:  Commuter parking lot across from the Arlington Heights Historical Museum at the corner of Vail and Fremont

 

Directions:

We all have plants to divide and now is the best time to do it.  We can share them with other plant lovers rather than have them go into the compost.  It’s easy!

  Dig up and divide plants that got too big or you didn’t like.

  Put them in pots and cover well with soil.

  Water them well until the exchange.

  Please, LABEL THEM – name, sun/shade, wet/dry, color.

  Bring to the plant exchange.

  Take home great plants that have grown well for others, and they’re FREE!

 

Please, no invasive plants unless they are labeled as such.  There are times when an invasive plant might be welcome to certain gardens.

Drop-off your plants in the driveway.  Help will be available for unloading.  Park along the street.

 

Monday

October 26

7:00 pm

 

General Meeting

Topic:  Incredible Bats
Speaker:  Daniel and Sharon Peterson

 

Daniel and Sharon have given presentations on bats for 18 years and owned fruit bats since 2000.  They serve as ambassadors for the flying mammals by dispelling myths, detailing their importance in ecosystems and warning of threats to bat survival.  Sharon is a public school librarian and a Bat Naturalist.  She is trained in the Conservation and Management of Bats through Bat Conservation International.

Description:  The "Incredible Bats" program will feature live fruit bats!  While Batman is fighting crime in Gotham City our heroic furry flying friends are working to save the rain forests and other eco-systems.  Bats are the worlds’ only flying mammal.  We have two species of bats, Egyptian Fruit Bats and African Straw-colored Fruit Bats.  Both species were born and raised in captivity.  African Straw-colored bats are the second largest bat species found on the continent of Africa having up to a thirty inch wingspan.

 

Monday

November 23

7 pm

 

General Meeting

Topic:  The Gardens of France: From Paris to the Provinces

Speaker:  Tish Robinson

 

Tish is the owner of The Wonders of France which offers numerous presentations about France and French culture.  An independent scholar for over 20 years, Tish has lectured extensively to museums, civic and cultural organizations and garden clubs in the Midwest and New England.

 

Description:  French garden history is illustrious and has formed the basis of worldwide gardening principles since the 17th century.  Today a wide variety of styles and trends are represented throughout France, from traditional formal French gardens and parks to appealing kitchen potages found throughout the French countryside.  Memorable images of France’s gardening tradition will be showcased in a glorious, flower-filled journey from Paris through the French provinces.

 

Monday

TBD

6:30 - 9 pm

 

Wreath Workshop

(Open to the Public)

Location: Olympic Indoor Pool Center basement

 

[Click Here for details]

 


Come and learn how to make holiday wreaths, swags or custom greens for your home.  Greens are provided for a charge.  Join with other members or bring a friend to learn how to work with greens even if you have never made a wreath before.

 

Monday

December 14

6:00–9:00 pm

 

(Please Note: This is the 2nd Monday of December)

 

Garden Club Holiday Gathering

(Members and guests only)

 

Please note 6:30 pm starting time

 

Arlington Heights Historical Society

110 West Fremont

Bring an Appetizer, Salad or Dessert to share

 

Please rsvp to Aggie Prochaska

at the November 24th General Meeting or

rudolphprochaska@sbcglobal.net.

 

2016

 

Monday

January 25

7:00 pm

 

General Meeting.

Topic:  Tips and Tricks for Exquisite, Easy Flower Arrangements!

Speaker:  Jan Budris, of MARIANO’s

Jan Budris is a floral designer for MARIANO’s.  She manages the floral department in the Arlington Heights store.  Her area of expertise is the arrangement of a variety of live flowers and greenery.

Description: 
Think Spring!  This presentation will provide tips to take grocery store flowers from basic to exquisite arrangements.  Selection of flowers, containers, ribbons and other accessories will be the focus of the presentation.  Learn these techniques and see how to brighten your winter months with flowers.

 

Monday

February 22

7:00 pm

 

General Meeting.

Topic:  Water Management in the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Speaker:  Mariyanna T. Spyropoulos, President Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Board of Commissioners.

President Spyropoulos was elected in 2010.  She was elected as Chairman of Finance in 2013; Board President in January 2015 and she serves as Chairman of 3 committees.  She has a law degree from The John Marshall Law School and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.  With her attorney experience, she brings a unique legal and business perspective combined with environmental activism and has spoken to many community groups on environmental and water issues.


Description: 
President Mariyana Spyropoulos, of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will be addressing the issue of flooding after heavy rains in Arlington Heights, and what is being done with the excess storm water to prevent property damage.  She will be discussing the use of free rain barrels for residents to conserve rainwater and to reduce flood damage.  One other area of her presentation will be the proper disposal of medications and why these medications are showing up in our Lake Michigan water today.

 

Monday

March 28

7:00 pm

 

General Meeting.

Topic:  Critters in Your Garden

Speaker:  Rebecca Fyffe of ABC Humane Wildlife Control and Prevention

ABC Humane Wildlife Control and Prevention is an Arlington Heights animal control and prevention provider.  Rebecca Fyffe is a state-certified wildlife expert and mushroom-hunting hobbyist.  An all-around nature enthusiast, her honors research at Roosevelt University focused on wildlife disease in urban settings, including in raccoons and bats.  In her professional life, she leads public health outreach for the nonprofit Wildlife Control Policy Institute and strategic direction for ABC Humane Wildlife Control and Prevention.  She can be heard discussing urban wildlife control as a regular guest on the syndicated radio series Home Improvement USA.  Listen to Rebecca on WGN Radio.


Description: 
Is your garden suffering from the unwanted presence of pests or wildlife?  ABC Humane Wildlife Control and Prevention will discuss their practice of Integrated Pest Management, an eco-friendly pest control system that focuses on managing insects and rodents through monitoring and environmental modifications in order to use as few pesticides as possible.

 

Monday

April 25

7:00 pm

 

General Meeting.

Topic:  Fifty Shades of Green
Speaker:  Cindy Tyley

Cindy is the owner of Carriage House Garden Design by Cindy Tyley.  She has a certificate in Landscape Design and is a member of the Western Springs Club.

Description: 
Learn how to have the shade garden of your wildest fantasies.  This talk combines tips on creating a shade garden as well as viewing pictures of shade plants.

 

Saturday

May 14

10:00 am

 

Spring Perennial Exchange
(Members Only)

 

Location:  Commuter parking lot across from the Arlington Heights Historical Museum at the corner of Vail and Fremont

 

Directions:

Divide your crowded perennials, pot them up, and bring them to exchange for plants from other gardens.  We can share them with other plant lovers rather than have them go into the compost.  It’s easy!

 

  Dig up and divide plants that got too big or you didn’t like.

  Put them in pots and cover well with soil.

  Water them well until the exchange.

  Please, LABEL THEM – name, sun/shade, wet/dry, color.

  Bring to the plant exchange.

  Take home great plants that have grown well for others, and they’re FREE!


Please, no invasive plants unless they are labeled as such.  There are times when an invasive plant might be welcome to certain gardens.

Drop-off your plants in the designated area of the parking lot and park nearby.  Help will be available for unloading.

 

Tuesday

May 23

7:00 pm

 

General Meeting and Installation of New Officers.

Topic:  Organic Lawn Care

Speaker:  Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis, “The Soulful Gardener,” has a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from Wartburg College, graduate work at Ohio State and a Master Degree in Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago.  After 15 years as a Lutheran Pastor he has spent over 25 years in the retail Lawn and Garden industry.  He began organic gardening in 1976.


Description: 
Learn how to have a great lawn, the organic way!  Long before it was a hot topic, Richard Ellis has been doing organic lawn care.  He will talk about different products, methods and techniques a homeowner can use to maintain a lawn organically and organic methods to control weeds and pests.  In Q&A, Richard will help diagnose lawn problems from your samples or description.


2015
Summer

Programs


Summer Programs are held at specific locations or in club members' gardens.

 

Please bring a lawn chair with you.


Garden Walk
&
Unique Boutique

 

Sunday

June 12

10 am to 4 pm

 

2016 Garden Walk
&
Unique Boutique

 

June 12th, 10 am to 4 pm

Event starts at the
Arlington Heights Historical Society


For complete information on this
big event
click here

 

Monday

June 27

7 pm

 

Summer Meeting:

Meet the Gardeners who have volunteered their gardens for the Garden Walk

 

The picnic signup list will be passed
at this meeting

 

Location:  TBD

 

Please bring your lawn chair.

 

Driving directions from Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 North Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

 

 

Monday

July 25

7 pm

 

Summer Meeting:

[A picnic signup list will be passed
at this meeting]

 

Location:  TBD

 

Please bring your lawn chair and Mosquito spray?

 

Driving directions from:

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 North Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

 

Monday

August 22

6 pm

Annual Club Picnic [Members and guests only]

 

Location:
Arlington Heights Historical Society
110 W Fremont St
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

 

Please bring your lawn chair and a salad or dessert to pass around.  Everything else will be provided.

 

A signup list will be passed at the June and July meetings.