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On a sunny October Saturday, members of our Club toured the gardens of Colonel Robert McCormick in Wheaton, Il. They were named after the French village that the Colonel fought near in WW1.
The members began with a guided 1 hour tour of the McCormick mansion, built 1st as a white clapboard farmhouse and later expanded to its current brick-sided mega-mansion in the early 1930’s. 29 Acres of gardens showcase the practicality and beauty of plant species thriving in our Midwest climate. Some of the oldest trees were 200 and 300 yr old Burr Oak trees, native to the property! Seasonal displays of mums and flowering kale in the hundreds lit up many of the 25 individual gardens.
About 1 hour’s drive south of Antioch, this once experimental farm is not to be missed. Thank you, Colonel McCormick, for being the philanthropist that now allows the public to share your vision. It’s a must-see! Thanks also, to Linda Fox and Cheryl Hoke for organizing the trip. Outings like this are part of the fun of being in the Antioch Garden Club. Please try to take one in. They are eye-openers!
Our Garden Club had an group outing on Saturday, February 27 to a tropical wonderland of beautiful orchids-The Hausermann Orchid Farm. Magnificent Cattleyas, beautiful Phalaenopsis, Cymbidiums & many other varieties of orchids displayed throughout the greenhouse. The members met at the Methodist Church parking lot at 9:00 am and carpool to Villa Park, IL. The weather couldn't be better at 50's with sunshine. What a perfect day to break the winter doldrums and enjoy the magnificent blooming flowers. Below are some of the highlight to share with our members.
On Thursday, October 13 club members will meet at the United Methodist Church parking lot at 5:30 pm to car pool to Boerner Botanical Gardens to experience China Lights. This event celebrates the art, skill, and beauty of traditional Chinese lantern festivals that have been celebrated for the last 400 years. There will also be displays highlighting the history and culture of China from the past to the present. There will be a special performance at 8:00 on the main stage. Chinese and American food will be available for purchase.
Tickets will be available for $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors over 60 years of age. General grass parking is included with all tickets. Wear comfortable shoes as the show is about ¾ of a mile and does include some steps and uneven surfaces. A sign-up sheet will be available at the October meeting or you may call Cheryl at 847/714-2090 with any questions. The rain date will be the following Thursday, same time and same place. Looking forward to enjoying this event with you! For more information, visit the website: