Tool Talk. Members brought their favorite tools and told us all about it. Some showed off their vintage tools that passed down from generations and made others mighty envious! Some showed off their loved tools that may save energy and time when working in the garden. It was fun to learn from each others!
Before the program started, the Antioch Township Supervisor Tom Shaughnessy made a presentation regarding the Osmond Park project that Antioch Garden Club will be helping along in the near future. There were many handout information materials to the members.
Village garden tour and fall potluck. The new fiscal year of our club has kicked off on Monday, September 9th. We started with a garden walk around 6:00 pm to tour the gardens in downtown Antioch that maintained by our club. Many members and two guests from GCI headquarter: Marilyn Krueger-the president of GCI and Marilyn Schweitzer-finance committee member of GCI and president of the Naperville Garden Club joined the tour with us. Everything looked lush and beautiful in the gardens. Everyone participated the walk were very impressed to see our tireless work in these gardens into fruition. After the garden walk, we enjoyed delicious potluck supper followed by business meeting. Every member received a new yearbook. We also inducted a new member Linda Worchel with a jar of local honey as a welcome gift. The president of GCI Marilyn Krueger made a presentation with information from GCI. Many nice prices were raffled off at the end of the meeting.
What a wonderful summer garden party we had on Saturday August 24th at Antony and John's beautiful home and garden. Nestled in the city of Waukegan, it's an oasis of three years in the making. It was started from a blank canvas, evolved into a lush landscape with perennial and annual flowers and evergreens, combined with outstanding hardscape, such as sculptures, a koi pond and comfy sitting arrangements, that made this place an every gardener's envy. The house inside has been also tastefully decorated with eye catching arts and crafts. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and as colorful as flowers. At the end of the party, we even had an authentic English tea that brewed by real Englishman Antony. What a treat! Our members enjoyed every minute of this party. Thank you, Antony and John!
Below are photos taken at the event that are worth more than thousand words.
Photography In the Garden. Meredith Schnelle is a local artist associated with the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation who is an artist passionate about the natural world. Native plants are often the subject of her photography. Raising awareness of ecological concerns is a driving force for her work. Many photographs are of plants and animals that live in her yard. She is also a former Antioch Garden Club member.
Doors open at 6:30 pm at United Methodist Church of Antioch. Guests are welcome!
What a nice kick off the spring at our April program! Author, educator and speaker, Gale Borger from Gerry’s Garden made an educational presentation on how to start seeds with different methods and tricks. She showed us how to make newspaper pots and fill with her “Special Soil” mix. Many of us planted sunflowers in those hand made pots. Pretty soon, we will all be planting seeds in our garden.
At the meeting, we also inducted two new members. Both of them received a jar of local honey as a gift. The hospitality group made a spring feast with delicious food and colorful decoration that wowed everyone attended meeting. We were all enjoying this spring gathering with our fellow gardeners.
A celebration for Karen Coulter's 14 years as horticulture committee chair was held on July 11th, 11:30 am at Mini-Park, downtown Antioch. 9 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. The Ms Karen Firelight Hydrangea was dressed festively. A plant sign with "Ms Karen Fire Hydrangea Proven Winner plant of the year 2019" was unveiled. The plant is happily situated at the northwest part of the Mini Park. It will grow up to 6 feet tall with beautiful flower heads hold up strong and change colors from white to pomegranate red over the seasons. It makes a great focal point in the park. Its longevity will grow up with Karen and AGC members for many many years to come. Members joined the fellow gardeners for lunch at The Vegas Café afterwards.
Annual potluck. This was our last general meeting of the 2018-2019 fiscal year. We celebrated the end of this great year of gardening and friendship with an annual potluck dinner. There were full of activities at the meeting. We shared our gratitude to our outgoing officers president Barb Gollwitzer and secretary Nancy Zitkus who served our club wholeheartedly and honorably for the last two years; We held installation ceremony for our new secretary Cheryl Hoke who graciously stepped up for the job; We inducted our newest member Betty Sprovieri with a welcome gift of local honey; We presented a certificated of appreciation to our Plant Sale chair of 12 years-Cindy Cartner and a lifetime garden club membership for her dedication on the job; We welcomed our new Horticultural committee chair Holly Markwart Swehla with a "floral crown"; The horticultural committee group also announced that they are going to honor the out going chair of 14 years-Karen Coulter with a Proven Winner plant of the year 2019 "Firelight Hydrangea" and plant it in the Mini-Park of Antioch; We announced Nancy Zitkus Scholarship of 2019 recipient Kyla Knauf, as she qualified again this year on her excellent achievement at the University of San Diego and other horticultural related area. We also had a guest speaker Heather Bauspies who is the owner of Antioch Flower Shop for a colorful presentation of the floral business and programs. The meeting concluded with a plentiful of food and many raffle prizes giving away. We are all looking forward to another wonderful gardening year!