History of Antioch Village Gardens. Holly Markwart Swehla, our horticulture committee chair, will give a presentation on three perennial gardens in Antioch that we care: The Mini Park Garden, The Berm Garden and the Seven Sons Garden.
Essential Oils, Presented by Chris Beranek, who is from Youngevity, a health and wellness company that helps people transition to a healthier more natural lifestyle through many products including vitamins, supplements, natural cleaning products and more. Plants and flowers are pretty to look at and have many other creative uses! We will learn about the different oils, their health properties and how to use them in this informative program.
Friends Giving. This will be presented by our very own club member Holly Markwart Swehla. Holly has been saving annual flower seeds since 1993. She also has been dabbling in perennial seed collection for a much shorter time. Her collection has grown larger each year. Holly is happy to share her successes and failures with us!
Holiday Party. It will be a short business meeting. Then we'll have a holiday party to celebrate the holiday season. Look forward to some tasty holiday appetizers and some surprises.
Celebrating Antioch. Ainsley Wonderling is the director of Antioch Historical Society Museum and had much to do with the photo book “Celebrating Antioch Illinois Past and Present”. Ainsley’s passion for history also helped bring the Lincoln Car to Antioch in 2018. Ainsley will give an account of Antioch's history. The photo book will be available for purchase.
Dividing Perennials. Our fellow AGC member Cindy Cartner will give a presentation on dividing perennials. She is going to discuss the dos and Dons of dividing our prized plants, mean while showing her video of “Transplanting 101”.
Bewildering Bats. Sharon and Dan have been promoting bat education through their presentations since 1996. Their goal is to teach and inform the audience about the many benefits of these misunderstood and feared creatures. Sharon, a teacher/ librarian, has been trained by Bat Conservation International in the conservation of bats. Dan has 20+ years of experience caring for bats. Come see Egyption Fruit Bats and Africian Straw-Colored Fruit Bats up close.
Spring potluck. We will celebrate the end of another year of gardening with our annual spring potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share. We will review our accomplishments from the previous year and explore new business for our upcoming year. An installation ceremony of new officers will be conducted. Scholarship winner and awards will be given.
Summer Outing. Whether viewing members’ gardens or having a picnic at one of our members’ homes, what fun we have had in the past! Over the last several years, members have graciously offered to host a summer outing at their homes. We again look forward to another fun get-together in 2020. The detailed information will be determined by early 2020.
We have the educational lecture programs throughout the year. Most of them are held at the monthly general meeting. These lectures are covered wide range of subjects and interests. All the members are encouraged to attend and have been very well received. Below are the scheduled programs for the season of 2019-2020 year.