Fall potluck. Meeting time moved up to 6:00 pm in order to eat early. Special visitors Anita Bierbaum, President, GCI and Debbie Zonca, Director, District IX. They will give us an update on District IX and GCI news and events. Also an induction ceremony of new members will be held afterwards.
Allendale Vocational Education. Nancy Lunsford, Design Instructor, Horticulture, from Allendale Institute, Lake Villa, IL will give us an overview of their horticulture program. Allendale, as a special education school, has proudly served children, youth, and their families from all walks of life. The greenhouse and gardens provide a very popular vocational education work site for horticulture, gardening, and landscaping training as well as retail sales experience throughout of seasons.
Trailmarker Tree Sculpture. Dennis Downs, Designer & Sculpturer of the Indian Trailmarker tree sculpture that was installed and dedicated this summer at the entrance to the Mini Park on Main Street, Antioch IL. Dennis Downs will explain the history of the Indian trailmarkers and how they were used by the Indians in this area. By the way, our Horticulture Committee members put in a lot of effort into designing the landscape around the sculpture and helping with the planting process.
Holiday Decoration. Floral Acres will lead us in a demonstration of using natural botanicals in our holiday decorating. Our club is providing the cost of materials. Therefore, we need to know in advance how many members will be participating, or if you plan to bring a guest. Please contact Cheryl at 847/714-2090 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring clippers or a knife for your use in preparing your creation. Visit Floral Acres at FloralAcresFlorist.com or on their Facebook page.
Photography In the Garden. Meredith Schnelle is a local artist associated with the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation who is an artist passionate about the natural world. Native plants are often the subject of her photography. Raising awareness of ecological concerns is a driving force for her work. Many photographs are of plants and animals that live in her yard. She is also a former Antioch Garden Club member.
Gerry’s Garden. Author, Educator and Speaker, Gale Borger from Gerry’s Garden will show us how to make a newspaper pot and fill with her “Special Soil” that we will be planting sunflowers in. You might want to bring your garden gloves.
Tool Talk. All member participation. Bring you favorite tool and tell us all about it. If it’s a newer tool you could tell us where we might buy one. And if it’s a vintage tool, we’ll be mighty envious!
Annual potluck. We will celebrate the end of another year of gardening with our annual 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.
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 few years we have enjoyed our invitation only garden walks. Whether sunny or shady, all of the gardens have been delightful to behold. The invitation only picnics hosted by our members either in a beautiful home garden or by a picturesque view of a lake have left us nice memories. These outings have been something to look forward to. TBD what 2019 will bring.
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 2018-2019 year.