The Antioch Garden Club celebrated the end of another wonderful fiscal year of gardening with our annual potluck dinner. An installation ceremony of new officers was conducted at the meeting, as well as a welcome introduction to our new member Laura Paukner. We also awarded our community scholarship of 2017 to Kyla Knauf-a recent graduate student from Lakes Community High school. She is enrolled at the University of San Diego and planning to major in Environmental Science. Congratulations to our newly elected officers: president Barbara Gollwitzer and secretary Nancy Zitkus, and our scholarship recipient Kyla Knauf!
Holiday Decoration. It's time for the holidays. The florists from Floral Acres were here to lead us in a "hands on" project. We created holiday centerpieces for using in our home decoration or give as gifts. Our club provided the decorating materials free of charge to all the members. Some members even brought their guest to join us. Everyone who attended was having a good time. Thanks Floral Acres for their support! Followed after the program, we inducted a new member Gene P. and had a nice refreshment.
The October program was presented by James Eaton, who has practiced the art and science of arboriculture and horticulture for 24 years. He is a certified arborist via the International Society of Arboriculture. Jim provided the diagnosis and treatment of conditions, diseases, and insects on all types of trees and shrubs. Our meeting was held at United Methodist Church of Antioch. It started at 7:00 pm with program, then followed with refreshment and general meeting. Members enjoyed fellowship and refreshments while learning!
Our fall potluck was held at our September meeting. Members brought a lot of delicious food to share. What a delightful feast! After the potluck dinner, we had a presentation by Merleanne Rampale from SWALCO, a public information officer and education director from Swalco on recycling and composting. We learned how to proper recycling in Lake county, IL region, and how to make composting the right way.
The November 2017's program was themed Succulents - Simply Beautiful by Gale Borger, who is a master gardener through the University of Wisconsin, Kenosha system. She has been gardening for more than 50 years. She founded Gerry's Garden in order to share with others the tremendous satisfaction one can achieve from gardening. She shared her love for succulents with us and demonstrated how to transplant and propagate the succulents.
After the program and refreshment, the club held the business meeting as usual and inducted two new members. Welcome Carrie H. and Linda N.!
The May program was showing a video on Monarch butterflies by Kay MacNeil, GCI Milkweed for Monarchs Chairman. From the video, we
learned how we can help save these beautiful
creatures with milkweed seed. The year 2016
was the worst ever for monarchs, with numbers
decreasing drastically. It's very informative.
For those of you who didn't have chance to
attend the program, here's the video for you to
watch now. Just click the video ->
Reported by Karen Coulter, our Horticulture chair:
The garden club had a beautiful day for Spring Cleanup. It was sunny and warm enough to enjoy being outside. We had eleven volunteers who worked very hard picking up garbage, raking and pruning. We worked in the Mini Park, and all along Orchard St at the Berm, along the fence, behind the bench and at the Seven Son Flower Tree Garden. We worked until noon and then adjourned to The Vegas Cafe for a delightful lunch. Many thanks to everyone who came and helped to begin this year's garden beautification. And looking forward to see more members come to join us in the Spring Planting event. It's Saturday, May 13th. That is always a busy day too. Let's get "all hands on deck" to get these gardens blooming. Cheers!
Members who participated the spring clean-up event (Norma L. and Carol S. were not in the picture)
Thanks Judy M. for provide the picture