The Antioch Lions Club donated $2000 to the Antioch Garden Club on Monday, April 9th, 2018 for the Monarch Butterfly project. AGC member Joyce Kufalk’s husband, Lion Rich Kufalk, made the request for $1000, supported by member Joanne Dugenske’s husband, Lion Dan Dugenske. The Lion Club then voted to increase the amount to $2000 after hearing about our Monarch Butterfly project. The garden club will be working with several local groups to establish way stations to help the Monarch Butterfly by planting Milkweed and nectar plants (natives encouraged). The project has also got support from the Antioch village administrator that provides the planting site for the butterfly garden. Everyone has been very enthusiastic. We are very excited to get this project started. Our mission is to “Help The Monarch Butterfly”.
Shown in the picture is Joyce Kufalk, Lion President Dave Moore and Joanne Dugenske.
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.
Terrific Tomatoes. Nothing compares to the sweetness and flavor of a fresh, home-grown tomato! Mark Lyons, an experienced garden consultant made his presentation at our April meeting on how to successfully grow this juicy, mouth-watering garden fruit in your own backyard or container garden. His expertise gave us in depth scopes on many fronts to grow tomatoes, include some planting secretes and tricks. He also can be reached at www.GreenThumbatyourService.com.
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 therapist Jayne Armondo and Elise Livingston from Creative Rehab in Gurnee came to our March meeting talking about how to get your body ready for the gardening season. They taught us how to stretch, move, lift and strengthen our bodies specifically related to the gardening. And how to prevent injuries due to improper postures and body mechanics. Through slideshow and practice together at the program, members learned the right ways to the fun and satisfaction of gardening without aches and pains. You can also check their website at creativerehab.net .
After the program, the club proceeded with general meeting agenda and inducted a new member Liz Winters. Welcome Liz!
Native Plants. Eileen Davis, with the Lake County Forest Preserve District, will present Landscaping with Native Plants. Discover the benefits of using native plants in your landscape. Native plant selection and identification, habitat requirements and maintenance will be discussed. Check Eileen Davis website at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!