Events Calendar - 2016/2017

 

For the 2016/17 year our general meetings will be in the Buechner Meeting Room of the Arlington Heights Village Hall.

 

  • The 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 pm from September through April
  • 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 guest but please let us know by sending 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 an email with your information by clicking here ahgcrequests@gmail.com.

 

 

2016

Monday

September 26

7:00 pm

 

 

Please Note:

This meeting will be in the Buechner Room on the 1st floor

 

General Meeting

Topic: What to do with Gourds – Growing, Drying and Pollinating
Speaker: Julia Tudor

 

Julia is a commissioned artist and creative spirit.  She brings her love for Mother Earth into her classes and workshops.  Her classes combine information and hands-on experience for one-of-a-kind projects.  She is a member of the American, Illinois and Wisconsin Gourd Societies and the Wauconda Plant & Garden Club.

 

Description:  This program is an overview of the history, growing, and pollinating of gourds.  Learn how gourds have been used throughout history on all continents.  Get tips for growing them in Zone 5.


 

Sunday 

October 23

12-4 pm


Mosaic Pumpkin Class

(Open to the Public)

Instructor:  Lisa Tolbert - Mosaic Whimsies

Location: Olympic Swim Center
660 N Ridge Ave
Arlington Heights, IL  60004

 

[Click Here for details]

 

These mosaic pumpkins will introduce you to the art of picassiette, mosaics using china and glass shards.  Choose a three-dimensional pumpkin or a pumpkin hanging plaque.  This class includes all materials, supplies, and tools.  You can also bring any dishes or old jewelry you'd like to include on your piece. Join with other members or bring a friend to learn how to work with interesting art form even if you have no experience.

 

Monday

October 24

7:00 pm

 

Please Note:

This meeting will be in the Community Room on the 3rd floor

 

General Meeting

Topic: Illinois Wildflowers
Speaker: Kris DaPra McCabe

 

Kris DaPra lives with John and their two sons in Elk Grove Village, not far from Ned Brown Preserve (more popularly known as Busse Woods).  Kris, who has a background in ecology, worked for the Forest Preserves herself during the 1990's and continues to contribute as a habitat restoration volunteer with The Friends of Busse Woods and as a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener.  She is known for her 2014 special project FPD 365; http://fpdcc.com/behind-fpd-365/.  Check it out!!

Description:  This program will help the gardener incorporate wildflowers into their gardens by giving information in relation to the native flowers that grow in our home state.  Kris will identify some of the common native wildflowers that can be seen as close as Busse woods, in our own backyard.  Hear about the challenges of preserving and protecting our precious natural heritage in addition to incorporating natives into your landscape.


 

Monday

November 28

7 pm

 

 

Please Note:

This meeting will be in the Buechner Room on the 1st floor

 

General Meeting

Topic:  Marshall Field Holiday Traditions:  A Behind the Scenes Tour

Speaker: Amy Meadows

 

Amy Meadows is the former director of Window Display for Marshall Field’s/Macy’s and owner of Windows Matter, a retail design and education consulting firm.  Amy has extensive experience in both the boardroom and the classroom and uses her background in theatrical set design to work with independent businesses.

 

Description:  Get inspiration for your holiday decorating and learn from a Chicago-land legend.  Amy Meadows, former director of Windows and Marketing Events for Marshall Field’s/Macy’s, provides an armchair tour of the design and execution of the famed animated windows, Main Aisle décor and the Great Tree with archival images, contemporary photos and memorabilia.

 

Monday

December 12

6:00–9:00 pm


Please Note: This is the 1st Monday of December


Garden Club Holiday Gathering

(Members and guests only)

 

Please note 6:00 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.

 

2017

Monday

January 23

7:00 pm

 

Please Note:

This meeting will be in the Community Room on the 3rd floor


General Meeting

Topic: Constructing Topiaries

Speaker: Karen Thomson

Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and worked for Hall’s Landscape Nursery and for Ball FloraPlant.  She started her business, Thomson Topiaries, in 1993.  She gives numerous programs for area garden clubs and organizations, including classes at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Community College.

Description:  Karen will demonstrate how to make topiaries by stuffing wire frames with moss and live plants.  She will also discuss care, winter treatment and reconditioning of old topiaries.




Monday

February 27

7:00 pm

 

Please Note:

This meeting will be in the Buechner Room on the 1st floor


General Meeting

Topic:  The 800 Pound Banana in the Room:  Recycling Organic Waste

Speaker: Mike Nowak

 

Mike has spent almost 18 years talking about gardening, the environment and green living on Chicago radio.  He now podcasts on his own website and has appeared frequently on local television.  He writes an award-winning column for Chicago Gardening Magazine and has released a book in 2014.


Description:  Good gardeners know composting is the key to healthy soils.  Mike takes a look, with his own unorthodox style, at the issue of what to do with organics, which account for approximately one third of our waste stream.  Recycling organic materials – specifically food waste – can not only reduce the size of our landfills, and if composted correctly, can replenish the nutrients in our soils.



Monday

March 27

7:00 pm

 

Please Note:

This meeting will be in the Buechner Room on the 1st floor


General Meeting

Topic:  Hydrangeas

Speaker: Glenn Grosch

An experienced horticulturist and entertaining lecturer with strong academic credentials, Glenn has been on the Chicago Botanic Garden teaching staff since 1997 and has been offering programs through Garden Clubs of Illinois since 1999.  Glenn has also been a certified arborist.


Description:  A colorful and fact-filled presentation on successfully growing hydrangeas in the Chicago area.  Each of the six species will be covered as to hardiness, light requirements and moisture needs.  The issues of how to prune for flower display and how to manage the “blue/pink” will be discussed in clear detail.  Glenn will also touch on growing azaleas and rhododendrons successfully in our area.




Monday

April 24

7:00 pm

 

Please Note:

This meeting will be in the Buechner Room on the 1st floor


General Meeting

Topic:  Integrated Pest Management
Speaker: Kim Ellson

Kim is currently the Horticulture Educator for the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners serving North Cook County.  She was previously the greenhouse and grounds manager for the Mt. Prospect Park District, based at the Friendship Park Conservatory.  Kim has a highly varied background; originating from a family of horticulturists in South Africa, having obtained her education in the United Kingdom, a BSc in Horticulture and MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation, and having since worked in all avenues of horticulture, including retail, design, production, and Botanic gardens worldwide.

Description:  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a practical and environmentally sound approach for controlling pests in the home, yard and garden.  The speaker will offer management options, taking into account the environmental and economical strategies necessary to make the best decisions.




Tuesday

May 22

7:00 pm

 


Please Note:

This meeting will be in the Buechner Room on the 1st floor


General Meeting and
Installation of New Officers

Topic:  What now?  Refreshing the Tired Garden – and Gardener

Speaker:  Beth Botts

Raised on the South Side by an organic gardener and environmentalist, Beth is an evangelist for common-sense gardening.  She has written thousands of articles and blog posts, as an editor and garden writer for the Chicago Tribune and a freelance writer for magazines such as Organic Gardening, Country Gardens, Chicagoland Gardening and The American Gardener and as a senior writer at The Morton Arboretum.


Description:  Tips for figuring out how to give an established garden a new look and feel that takes less work to maintain.  How changing your perspective and approach can make gardening easier and fun again!

 

2017
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 11

10 am to 4 pm

2017 Garden Walk & Unique Boutique

June 11th 10 am to 4 pm

 

Event starts at the Arlington Heights Historical Society

 

For complete information on this big event please click here

Monday

June 26

7 pm

 

 

Summer meetings are held at 7:00.  If it rains, the meeting is cancelled for that month.

 

Summer Meeting:

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

 

The picnic signup list will be passed
at this meeting

 

Please bring your lawn chair.

 

Location:  To Be Determined

 

 

Driving directions from:

Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S Arlington Heights Rd

Arlington Heights, IL  60005


Monday

July 24

7 pm

 

 

Summer meetings are held at 7:00.  If it rains, the meeting is cancelled for that month.

 

Summer Meeting:

 

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

 

Please bring your lawn chair and Mosquito spray?

 

Location:  To Be Determined

 

Presentation: 

 

Driving directions from:

Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S Arlington Heights Rd

Arlington Heights, IL  60005



Monday

August 28

6 pm

 

If it rains, the picnic will be held inside the museum

 

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.