November Garden Club Program

Monday, Nov. 4th, 2019, 7:00 pm

Collecting and storing seeds. This program presented by our very own club member Holly Markwart Swehla. Holly has been saving annual flower seeds since 1993.  She also has been dabbling in perennial seed collection for a much shorter time. Her collection has grown larger each year. Holly happily shared her successes and failures on seeds collection and storage, plus some tricks on how to cold wet stratify seeds for perennials. Members also enjoyed seeds exchange afterwards. Watch the picture slideshow below that tells a better story.



September Garden Club Program

Monday, Sep. 9th, 2019, 7:00 pm

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.

May Garden Club Program

Monday, Sep 9th, 2019, 7:00 pm

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.

June Garden Club Program

Monday, June 3rd, 2019, 7:00 pm,

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!

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.   

October Garden Club Program

Monday, Oct. 7th, 2019, 7:00 pm

Seasonal Floral Design. This is a program that has been repeatedly asked for. Professional designers Laurie and Emily from Floral Acres on Route 83 in Antioch demonstrated how to artfully arrange seasonal floral designs. Three beautiful arrangements were demonstrated and raffled off to garden club members.  The meeting room was skillfully decorated by Carrie Hagy, who was our lead hostess for the meeting. After the presentation members were treated to wonderful fall and Halloween themed refreshments.

Ms Karen Firelight Hydrangea

Thursday, July 11th, 2019, 11:30 am,

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.  

Ms Karen Firelight Hydrangea

Thursday, July 11th, 2019, 11:30 am,

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.  

June Garden Club Program

Monday, June 3rd, 2019, 7:00 pm,

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!

AGC Summer Garden Party

Saturday,,August 24th, 2019, 2:00pm


AGC Summer Garden Party

Saturday,,August 24th, 2019, 2:00pm


May Garden Club Program

Monday, May 6th, 2019, 7:00 pm,

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.

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.   

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