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 travel committee has planned to have a trip on Saturday, April 7th 2018 to McHenry County College (8900 U.S. Route 14, in Crystal Lake, IL) for a Gardenfest. Gardenfest is an annual educational event co-sponsored by MCC and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. A total of 20 breakout sessions — presented by industry experts, U of I Extension educators, Master Gardeners and MCC instructors — will cover a myriad of gardening topics. In addition, dozens of exhibitors will be onsite selling books and garden-related products and demonstrating their crafts. The keynote speaker will be Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville Wis. His keynote address will discuss, “The Sensory Garden.” Total of 20 breakout sessions offered in four segments; each segment lasts an hour. Lunch will be served midday in the MCC cafeteria. Attendees also are eligible for door prizes. Registration begins Feb. 12, end on March 27. The cost is $45 (includes lunch). Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the event (for an added $5 fee). Please click the link below for detailed information from McHenry County College http://mchenry.edu/gardenfest/.
More travel details will follow later by our travel committee members.
9 members & 1 guest of AGC met at United Methodist Church on Wednesday Sep. 20 and car pooled to Egg Harbor in Lake Geneva for a delightful lunch/brunch. Then on to the Northwind Perennial Farm for a guided tour. Northwind Perennial Farm is an early 1900s farmstead. Founded in 1991, specializing growing regionally hardy perennials. They offer landscape design services and a unique garden shop filled with art, garden accents and home décor. Visit Northwind and explore the lush serene display gardens, benefit from cutting edge plant knowledge and leave with flourishing plants and rare findings.
Thank you Cheryl & Judy for planning a delightful outing for us. Great turnout, delicious lunch/brunch and Northwind was wonderful. We will go back as a group again when they have their holiday shop open and running in the holiday season.
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.
A group of club members visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens to view the Wonderland Express, an annual holiday extravaganza featuring magnificent model trains, magical and glittering indoor snow, and meticulously crafted Chicago landmarks in miniature. Plus, see intricate ice carvings and hear beautiful music from carolers. It’s truly magical to see what is done with miniature Botanical. Our visit was concluded with lunch at the Café and a visit to the Gift Shop.