Events Calendar - 2014/2015

 

Please Note:

New Time and Place for General Meetings

 

For the 2014/15 year our general meetings will be changing to 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 chair 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 22

7:00 pm

General Meeting

 

Topic:  It's more than NPK ..... it's Sex in the Soil!

Speaker:  Lynn Bement

Lynn was a Master Gardener for 14 years and has advanced certifications from The Morton Arboretum and Michigan State University. Lynn is also a certified Soil Foodweb advisor.  In addition to speaking at garden clubs, Lynn specializes in teaching composting, vermiculture, organic lawn care, edible plants, organic pest control and organic gardening.

Description:  Do you know what's going on right beneath your feet?  What is the organic matter doing down there in the dark?  Understanding relationships in the soil foodweb, the role of micro organisms and the nutrients plants depend on can dramatically change your practices.  Find out how you can make your landscape more resistant to disease, drought and pests, decrease your costs and improve the health and vitality of the plants you grow.


Saturday

October 4

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 that.  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 27

7:00 pm



Our October 27th meeting will be in the COMMUNITY ROOM on the third floor of Village Hall.  Please park on the third level of the parking garage near the door.  The room is just inside and on your right.



General Meeting

 

Topic:  Preparing Bulbs for Spring!  Ideas from the Keukenhof Garden; the "Greatest Flower Show on Earth!"

Speaker:  Bev Krams

Bev Krams has been a member of the Arlington Heights Garden Club for over 5 years.  She is a Master Gardener and loves to travel with her gypsy husband!

Description:  The Keukenhof Garden in Amsterdam is only opened 8 weeks out of the year.  It showcases 70 acres of 7 million flowering bulbs.  Learn how the exhibitors ensure that all of their bulbs are delivered to the park in the summer for fall planting.  Gain inspiration for your own garden and discover how you can get the longest possible flowering season in the smallest possible space, using Keukenhof "lasagna" planting!


Monday 

November 24 

7 pm


General Meeting

Topic: Houseplants and the Holidays

Speaker: Kim Ellson

Kim Ellson is currently the greenhouse and grounds manager for the Mt. Prospect Park District, based at the Friendship Park Conservatory.  In this position, she carries out all crop production, including annuals, perennials, Easter Lilies, and Poinsettias, also landscape design, maintenance and teaching seminars.  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 an MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation and has since worked in all avenues of horticulture, including retail, design, production, and Botanic gardens worldwide.

Description: Are your houseplants not living up to their potential?  Has it been too long since your orchid last flowered?  Come and pick up tips to keep your houseplants thriving year round!  Whether it orchids, tropicals, succulents, or ferns, this presentation will arm you with many helpful facts about what your particular plant needs and how to best care for it.  And with the holidays coming up, a special segment will cover plants such as Poinsettias, Amaryllis and Christmas Cactus and will ensure your plants not only look their very best for this season, but stay that way for a very long time.


Monday

December 1

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 15

6:00–9:00 pm

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

iamaggied@gmail.com


2015

Monday

January 26

7:00 pm

General Meeting.

 

Topic:  Victory Gardens

Speaker:  Kirstin Larson

Kirstin's parents moved "back to the land" in the early 70's and she grew up on a 50-acre organic farm.  As a teenager, Kirstin earned her first paycheck at her parent's greenhouse/nursery business.  These days, after climbing - and getting off - the corporate ladder, Kirstin has returned to her first love and you are likely to find her working many weekends in spring and summer at a local garden center.

Description:  This program will take participants back to a time when our country promoted and encouraged gardeners to grow and preserver their own food.  The presentation will cover what Victory Gardens were, how they flourished, why they disappeared and where our produce comes from now.  With an emphasis on health, community and the educational benefits of vegetable gardening, the talk will explore why right now is the perfect time to revisit the idea of Victory gardening.  Hand-outs pertaining to modern vegetable gardening in small spaces will be provided.




Monday

February 23

7:00 pm


General Meeting.

 

Topic:  Our Yards as Habitat Corridors

Speaker:  Jerome McDonnell & Meredith Tucker

Jerome McDonnell hosts WBEZ's
"Worldview" program.  He has a Peter Lisagor Award, for superior contributions to journalism, and awarded by the Illinois Broadcaster's Association for "Best Public Affairs Program in a Series."  An Arlington Heights resident, he is also an avid conservationist.

 

Meredith Tucker from Citizens for Conservation will join Jerome in the discussion of Habitat Corridors.

Description:  We may not think of our gardens as hotbeds of biodiversity, but they can be!  Jerome McDonnell hosts WBEZ radio's "Worldview" program.  His garden was recently awarded a "Habitat Corridors" healthy yard property sign by Citizens for Conservation.  Jerome will talk about how native plants, rain gardens and no pesticides helped make his yard a living space for living things!

Meredith Tucker, from Citizens for Conservation, will explain the goals of the Habitat Corridor program and share a presentation on the dangers that neonicotinoid insecticides pose to the biodiversity in our community.  Insecticides are in everything from our seeds to hanging baskets and neonicotinoids have been implicated in the honeybee hive collapse.



Monday

March 23

7:00 pm

General Meeting.

 

Topic:  Growing UP!  Vertical Gardens.

Speaker:  Barb Ottolino

Barb Ottolino's background as a high school art and science teacher with a minuscule budget shaped her approach to teaching.  After teaching, she managed a commercial greenhouse while training at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Always intrigued by unusual solutions to problems, she became involved in the production of vertical and winter gardening projects.  She continues to combine her art and science interests by working as a design consultant for a large landscaping company in the summer, teaching for a private art school during the cooler months and operating her own business year round.  The "Cultivated Choice" specializes in outdoor planters for all 4 seasons, in gardening education, coaching and consulting and classes.  In 2014 she was featured by NE Illinois Libraries organization, LACONI, as the outstanding speaker in the area of horticulture and was featured in their showcase event, "Best of the Best."

Description:  Survey the many types of vertical gardens occurring naturally, grown historically and developed commercially and learn what they have in common.  Then learn how to maximize your planting space for herbs, vegetables and ornamentals and the advantages of growing UP!  As the developer of a portable 40' vertical garden, Barb Ottolino of the Cultivated Choice can introduce you to a variety of ways you can develop your own vertical garden tailored to your needs and construction abilities.



Monday

April 27

7:00 pm

General Meeting.

 

Topic:  Tips for the Lazy Gardener

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:  Discover useful ways to save time, energy and money while gardening.  This show and tell presentation demonstrates tips for both indoor and outdoor gardening throughout the year.



Saturday

May 16

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 26

7:00 pm

General Meeting and Installation of New Officers.

 

Topic:  Dazzling Delightful Delicious Daylilies

Speaker:  Greg Bartoshuk

Greg is the winner of both the Outstanding Master Gardener of the Year and the Sustained Excellence Award from the University of Illinois.  He is an award winning Daylily Hybridizer and Judge, as well as past President of the Northshore Iris and Daylily Society at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  In addition, Greg is a landscape designer and has appeared on radio and TV.

Description:  Learn everything you ever wanted to know about daylilies, from their history to their hybridization and fertilization to frying pan!  The talk will include the care and culture of these amazing plants.



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 14

 10 am to 4 pm

2015 Garden Walk
&
Unique Boutique

 

June 14th, 10 am to 4 pm

Event starts at the
Arlington Heights Historical Society


For complete information on this
big event
click here



Monday

June 22

   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: 

112 S Ridge, AH 

Please bring your lawn chair.

 

Driving directions from Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 North Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004


1.  Go west on Fremont to N Walnut Ave and turn left (south).

2.  Continue south going over the railroad tracks, road changes name to N Ridge Ave.

3.  Continue south until you reach 112 S Ridge.  House is on the right side.

  

Monday

July 27

7 pm

Summer Meeting:

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

 

Location:

1225 W Oakton St  

Please bring your lawn chair and Mosquito spray?

 

Driving directions from:

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

500 North Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004


1.  Go west on Euclid to N Walnut Ave and turn right.

2.  Continue north on Walnut Ave until you reach W Oakton St and turn left.

3.  Continue west on W Oakton St until you reach 1225 W Oakton St.  The house is on the left.


 


Monday

August 24

6 pm

Annual Club Picnic [Members 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.