Trailmarker Tree Sculpture. The speaker, Dennis Downs, is a designer & sculptor of the Indian Trailmarker tree sculpture that was installed and dedicated this summer at the entrance to the Mini Park on Main Street, Antioch IL. He explained the rich history of the Indian trailmarkers and how they were used by the Indians in this area. The sculpture has become a landmark in downtown Antioch.
The Village of Antioch officials and Antioch Public Works employees have supported us in many aspects over the years. To express our appreciation, we invited them to our November meeting. We acknowledged all what they have done for us and give them our thanks. Mary Quilty, Program Director of Antioch Parks & Recreation accepted our Certificate of Appreciation at the meeting.
We celebrated together with a refreshment afterwards as the Thanksgiving holiday season approaching.
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.
Fall potluck. To cerebrate the beginning of the new fiscal year of the Antioch Garden Club, we had a potluck on Sep. 10th at the general meeting. As always, the foods were plenty, colorful and delicious. Special visitors Anita Bierbaum, President of GCI and Debbie Zonca, Director of District IX. came to join us and toured our village gardens and the monarch butterfly waystation that cared by our club. They also give us an update on GCI and District IX news and events. It was informational. Every member attended meeting received a new yearbook. We also held an induction ceremony for our four new members. Each new member received a jar of local honey as a gift. It was a fun event. What a best way to kick off the new club season!
Allendale Vocational Education. Jenni Mendoza, an education director from Allendale Institute, Lake Villa, IL gave us an overview of their horticulture program. Allendale, as a special education school, has proudly served children, youth, and their families from all walks of life. The greenhouse and gardens provide a very popular vocational education work site for horticulture, gardening, and landscaping training as well as retail sales experience throughout of seasons. We are looking forward to have partnership with their horticulture program.
Holiday Decoration. Floral Acres florists lead us in a demonstration of using natural botanical materials to create a centerpiece for the holiday. More than thirty members and guests attended this fun filled activity. Following the instruction of the florists, everyone made a beautiful centerpiece to bring home to show off their creation. This holiday centerpiece decoration activity has become our tradition during the holiday season over the years. We all enjoyed this creative program and the comradeship at the event. Visit Floral Acres at FloralAcresFlorist.com or on their Faebook page to learn more. Below are some highlights of the event.
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.
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!