Events Calendar - 2017/2018


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For the 2017/18 year from September through April our general meetings will be in the Buechner Room of the Arlington Heights Village Hall, on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 pm.


Approximate Meeting Breakdown:

·       Social Time - 7 to 7:30 pm

·       Business Discussion - 7:30 to 8 pm

·       Presentation - 8 to 9 pm


From June through August meetings are held in members' home gardens on the 4th Monday at 7 pm.

Buechner Meeting Room

Located on the First floor of Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL  60005



[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 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


Monday, September 25th, 2017    7 pm

Dragonflies and  Damselflies

The first program of the AHGC 2017-18 season will be Marla Garrison who is an expert on Dragonflies and Damselflies.  She will share her knowledge so you will be able to determine the difference between the two aquatic genera in the order of Odonata.  Ms. Garrison will provide you with details about the species, history, and behavior and how they indicate the quality of our wetlands.  Her enthusiasm and slideshow presentation will amaze you as you learn about these fascinating insects! 


Ms. Garrison is currently a biology professor at McHenry County College.  She serves on the Executive Council of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas and has authored the book, "Damselflies of Chicagoland", published by the Field Museum.

Monday, October 23, 2017    7 pm

Long Blooming Perennials

Get the most bang for your gardening buck!  This program will cover Long Blooming Perennials that will enhance your garden.  Learn which perennial favorites to select for long lasting beauty.

Diana Stoll is the Retail Manager for Planters Palette, located in Winfield Illinois.  She is a horticulturist and shade specialist.  A plant addict, garden writer and photographer, she loves sharing her passion for plants and gardening with others.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017    7 pm

Winter Container Workshop

Be a "show off" in a good way this holiday season by making your own winter planter.  This fun hands-on class allows you to be creative while making a beautiful outdoor container for your home.  With some easy, helpful tips, your planter will be the envy of your friends, neighbors and holiday guests.  Materials include beautiful spruce tips and the freshest of assorted evergreens.  Our instructor, Gerrie Kamm, is a chocoholic, so chocolate will be plentifully available!  Feel free to bring any additional holiday decorations that you care to include in your planter.

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 7-8:30 pm

Location: Friendship Park Conservatory / 1000 W. Central Road / Mount Prospect, IL 60056 / Phone (847) 255-5380

Bring: Gardening gloves, pruning sheets and holiday cheer!

Cost: $30/member and $35/guest.  This class is a great deal as it is offered to the public at $40/participant.

Please provide payment to me on or before the September 25 meeting and make checks payable to the Arlington Heights Garden Club. (If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may mail the check to me at 908 W. Campbell Street, Arlington Heights 60005.)

Maximum # of participants: 20


Monday, November 27, 2017    7 pm

Pioneer Gardens

Knowledge of plants was "woman’s business" in early settlement days and pioneer woman knew everything about garden flowers and passed this knowledge on to their children.  From the "Viagra" of pioneer days to the cure for the common cold, this presentation explores the history of the kitchen garden, the wild gardens and the more formal gardens that would surround the pioneer home.

Nancy Schumm is the author of numerous books, an award winning photographer and exhibitor, environmentalist and history writer.  Her work has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, and Pioneer Press and on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Monday, December 11, 2017    6:00–9:00 pm

Please Note:

This is the 2nd Monday of December with a 6:00 pm starting time


Garden Club Holiday Gathering

(Members and guests only)



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


Monday, January 22, 2018    7 pm

Back Yard Patch HERBS  

Learn how to have fun with herbs.  This program will cover propagating, planting and preserving herbs.

Our speaker is Mary Lautanen-Raleigh

Monday, February 26, 2018    7 pm

This special program will be co-hosted with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and will be held in the Hendrickson meeting room.  Please register on the AH Library Website in January to attend this exciting presentation.

Rachel Carson

Biologist and author Rachel Carson warned the world of the potentially dire environmental impact of chemical pesticides in her best-selling 1962 book, "Silent Spring".  In this brand-new living history program, set in 1963, actress and historian Leslie Goddard portrays Carson as she discusses her childhood love for the living world, her passion for writing, and her work to awaken the world to the beauty and fragility of nature.

Leslie Goddard is an award-winning actress and scholar who has been presenting history programs for more than ten years.  She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and master’s degree in theater.  A former museum director, she is the author of two books on history and currently works full-time as an author and public speaker.

Monday, March 26, 2017    7 pm    (Meet in the Community Room on the third floor)

Climate Change

Want to feel more informed, energized and hopeful for a future stable climate?  Please join us as Mike Zanillo from Citizens Climate Lobby will educate us, enable us and entertain us about what Climate Change is, what are its effects and what can be done about it.  His presentation is in line with our National Garden Club mission “to promote the love of gardening, floral design and civic and environmental responsibility”.

Mike Zanillo has a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an MBA from both Northern Illinois University and Loyola University.  His business background includes Senior Director at Global Financial Systems (McDonalds Corporation), Chief Information Officer @ WMS Gaming and Rexnord and an extensive career @ Motorola.  He is now a retired executive and his interest has turned to the Citizens Climate Lobby, an organization which exists to create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power.

Monday, April 23, 2018    7 pm

Conservation @ Home

Conservation @ Home is sponsored by the University of Illinois and the Cook County Forest Preserves.  This program recognizes and certifies properties that have demonstrated environmentally sound landscape practices.  Residents of Cook County have the opportunity to integrate sustainable practices on their property by becoming aware of their contribution to clean water, rich soil and resilient ecosystems that support people and wildlife.  Come learn the Certification Process to have your yard become a habitat for wildlife!

Pete Landwehr has been a Master Gardener since 2014 and has been raising vegetables for over 30 years.  He started a weekly “Ask A Master Gardener” answer desk at the Arlington Heights Farmers Market and also started a vegetable garden at Catholic Charities in Des Plaines to raise fresh vegetables for their food pantry.

Dwayne Anderson has been with the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program since 2008.  His primary interest is developing and maintaining school vegetable gardens and is currently involved with the running of two school gardens.  Dwayne is also interested in growing and promoting native plants.

TUESDAY  May 29, 2018   7 pm

Please note this meeting will be on Tuesday after Memorial Day

Summer Fun and Secrets from the Garden

Nancy Carroll will present a magical program on gardening.  Fresh veggies, fragrant lilies, blueberries, herbs, colorful flower arrangements and outstanding containers are all on the agenda.  Food samples and handouts will be provided with delicious recipes and great ideas to help you have the best summer in your garden.

Our speaker is Nancy Carroll. 

2018 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 24

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 25, 2018    7 pm

If it rains, the meeting is cancelled for the 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 23, 2018    7 pm

If it rains, the meeting is cancelled for the 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


Driving directions from:

Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S Arlington Heights Rd

Arlington Heights, IL  60005

Monday, August 27, 2018    6 pm

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


Annual Club Picnic
[Members and guests only]


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.


Driving directions from:

Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S Arlington Heights Rd

Arlington Heights, IL  60005