Sharilyn Smoge, a floral designer of Northwinds Perennial Farms in Burlington, WI, showed us how to decorate for the holidays using natural elements. She brought in a lot of evergreen boughs, tree twigs, winter berries... and made several beautiful container designs that sure to spruce up the decor for holiday gardens and bring much life into the homes. We all learned something from this program and bring home fresh ideas for the holiday decorations.
Our September general meeting started with an awesome program "Cooking with Dressing and Sauces", presented by Meg Dahmer of Pigtale Twist. By using only the finest, freshing, local ingredients, she creates a low-calorie "magical festival of clean flavors". Mag provided many ideas and suggestions to help us serve quick with healthy meals. We all got to try different dressing and sauces and enjoyed her charming presentation. After the program, we had nice refreshments provided by the hospitality team. And a raffle drawing afterwards that included a beautiful orchid, a nice prune shear, a pot of Mums and Celosia, and a colorful doormat. Followed by the regular business meeting. Total more than 30 members and guests attended.
Many thanks to AGC member Kendall V. who hosted this garden party on August 19th, 2014 at her beautiful farm house. More than 25 members attended this country style summer social and very much enjoyed the delightful evening and fellowship at the event. Round tables complete with table cloths, fresh cut flower center pieces, elegant china dishes and silverware set up under the shade of an old oak trees. The weather was perfect. The food was delicious. David's Bistro very generously donated mostaccioli and meatballs for the main entree'. Thanks David for the wonderful food and support of our club. Everyone brought a side dish which included appetizers, a variety of salads, garden vegetables and desserts. The members enjoyed each others company and had a really nice time. The park like setting of the barns and fields, trees and flowers, was nature at its best! It's the perfect way to celebrate our club accomplishments of the past year and look forward to the new year. Thank you again Kendall for your hospitality and creating such a warm and welcome atmosphere for everyone. Below are a few candid pictures that were taken at the event by AGC member Carolyn Y.
The Village of Antioch observed Arbor Day this year on Saturday, April 26. The event placed the focus on Gages Brothers Park and Hiram Buttrick Sawmill, 770 Cunningham Dr. Antioch. It's held from 9:00am-12:00pm. The Antioch Park District organized this event. Antioch Garden Club donated a River Birch tree and planted at the Gages Brothers Park with help of the Antioch park district workers. The AGC member Joanne D., Joyce K., Susan M. and Chong L. attended the event. Many Antioch residents pitched in and participated in the morning of beautifying Antioch. It was a meaningful and rewarding event. The Village of Antioch has posted the photos of this event include the AGC members at http://authenticantioch.com/
The 35th annual meeting of Garden Clubs of IL, District IX was held at Manzo's Banquets and hosted by Des Plaines Garden Club and Park Ridge Garden Club. Eight of our Antioch Garden Club members attended the meeting. The day started w/registration and coffee and rolls at 9:30. The business meeting began at 10:00 and was adjourned at noon. It was then followed by a lovely luncheon and an enjoyable floral design presentation by Robert Neri of Robert's Floral Design Studio in Chicago.
Our Club received the Gold Rosette Award for Club Achievement for its accomplishments in furthering goals of the Garden Club of Illinois, Central Region and National Garden Clubs, stimulating interest in educational opportunities, gardening, civic projects, promoting membership, floral design, friendship, encouraging conservation of our natural resources, and many other efforts for the good of all.
We also received the Gold Seal Award in Horticulture for our continuing interest in all phases of horticulture study and practice. The club is recognized for its work in beautifying and protecting our world and its natural resources for present and future generations.
WNB-Women's Networking Breakfast was held on Tuesday, April 1st at Good Fellas Restaurant. (located on Rte 83, about 1/2 mile north of Antioch in WI)
The Antioch Garden Club was the Guest Speaker on this meeting. Our president Cheryl H. and Vice president Melonnie H. represent our club and both spoke there. The presentation was well received. It gave us an opportunity to introduce our club to many Antioch citizens and business owners. Attached on top is the Powerpoint Presentation prepared by AGC member Chong L. and presented by Melonnie H. at the Women's Networking Breakfast
The Antioch Garden Club’s Feb 3rd 2014 program proved to be a most enjoyable evening when all its members and invited guests actually created their own Fairy Gardens and Terrariums. Tracy from the Burlington Garden Center was the inspirational guide who taught us the best way to create and maintain these delightful miniature winter gardens. The pictures below show how the AGC can help chase the winter blahs from any gardeners/artisans evenings. Everyone who came to this Feb. meeting, burdened with the winter blahs, left with warm happy smiles and their own beautifully created Fairy Garden or Terrarium.