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.
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!