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!
It was a fantastic club gathering "Meet & Greet" at our member Linda Fox's beautiful home garden on Sep. 28th 2019. 15 members attended event. Warm and relax fellowship chit chat accompanied with delicious food and wine, what can be batter than that in this chilly autumn afternoon. Thank you, Linda, for your hospitality to host this event. Everyone had a great time! Pictures below can tell a better story.
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.
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.
What a great afternoon for a picnic at a park like private garden, in and out of a gorgeous house with a million-dollar view and delicious food. Thanks to our member/ gracious hostess Linda Fox, who made this club summer picnic possible. More than half of the members attended and really enjoyed the event. The pictures are worth thousand of words. Please view the slideshow below.
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.
What a wonderful summer garden party we had on Saturday August 24th at Antony and John's beautiful home and garden. Nestled in the city of Waukegan, it's an oasis of three years in the making. It was started from a blank canvas, evolved into a lush landscape with perennial and annual flowers and evergreens, combined with outstanding hardscape, such as sculptures, a koi pond and comfy sitting arrangements, that made this place an every gardener's envy. The house inside has been also tastefully decorated with eye catching arts and crafts. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and as colorful as flowers. At the end of the party, we even had an authentic English tea that brewed by real Englishman Antony. What a treat! Our members enjoyed every minute of this party. Thank you, Antony and John!
Below are photos taken at the event that are worth more than thousand words.
A group of club members visited Volo Bog State Park and took a guided walking tour of the site. The outing was organized by member Linda Fox.
Volo Bog exhibits all stages of bog succession. A floating mat of sphagnum moss, cattails and sedges surrounds an open pool of water in the center of the bog.