We were very excited that our in-person meeting has been back! At this June meeting, the Antioch Garden Club was pleased to welcome Ainsley Wonderling from the Lakes Region Historical Society, who presented a short program on the history of Antioch. She described some of the society’s many museum pieces and told a little about the history of the society itself in Antioch. She wrote the book, “Celebrating Antioch, Past and Present” and is the director of the society.
The meeting was the first in-person meeting of the club since the pandemic started. The club gathered at its new meeting location, the Antioch Senior Center. Club members approved changing its meeting day to the second Saturday of the month at 1 p.m., which will take effect with the next meeting in September.
Club members also learned about the Antioch Township’s Osmond Park improvement project, which the club will assist with, including designing native flower beds at the holes on the disc golf course in the park. The club’s existing monarch butterfly way station also will be expanded.
Additionally, club members will be involved in improvements to downtown Antioch, specifically in the Mini Park, it maintains in the center of the town. Club members will be asked for input on future plans for the space. The village wants to increase foot traffic in all areas of the downtown and encourage people to park in lots behind Main Street.
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.
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.
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!
Happy 4th of July to all our Antioch Garden Club members, and their families and friends! The horticultural committee members have worked hard to prepare the village gardens for this big day to celebrate our national independence day. The gardens are lush and colorful. Please stop by all 4 village gardens in downtown Antioch to see what are in bloom right now with your own eyes. Here are some pictures to give you a first glance.
Antioch Garden Club took part in the Better Together movement with Village of Antioch and Antioch Township during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we cultivate a nicer and strong community.
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.