ANTIOCH  GARDEN                                CLUB


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.


Seasonal Floral Design. This is a program that has been repeatedly asked for. Professional designers Laurie and Emily from Floral Acres on Route 83 in Antioch will demonstrate how to artfully arrange a seasonal floral design. Make sure you bring your digital phones so you can take pictures of the progression of the design.


Collecting and storing seeds. 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.

MARCH, 2020

Butterfly Gardening. This will be presented by our very own club member Holly Markwart Swehla. Holly is an avid gardener and seed collector. She started raising monarch butterfly in he garden and has been on the “Raise the Migration” bandwagon since 2014. “I’m no expert, but I am happy to share what I have learned.”

APRIL, 2020

Painting Party. Heather Bauspies, owner of Antioch Flower Shop and local in house artist Sue Nolan will be instructing us on a small floral enamel painting on canvas. The class will be approximately an hour long. You will take your masterpiece home to enjoy afterwards. No experience necessary!

MAY, 2020

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.

JUNE, 2020

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.

JULY, 2020

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.

 Educational Lecture Programs

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.