Composting. The Earth’s original recycling program will be presented by Merleanne Rampale, the outreach and education director from Swalco. Come to learn about the ins and outs of what and how to recycle in our region, learn more about composting and the benefits of backyard composting, what other resources are available to you as are sident here, and how you can make a real difference to help shaping the future of our planet Earth. Merleanne can be reached at http:/


Horticulture insight. Presented by James Eaton, who has  practiced the art and science of arboriculture and horticulture for 24 years. He is a certified arborist via the International Society of Arboriculture. Jim provides the diagnosis and  treatment of conditions, diseases, and insects on all types of plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and lawns. He will be speaking to us on three different categories of trees and the proper mulching procedures. Contact Jim at


Succulents - Simply Beautiful. Presented by Gale Borger, who is a master gardener through  the University of Wisconsin, Kenosha system.  She has been gardening for more than 50 years. She founded Gerry's Garden in order to share with others the    tremendous satisfaction one can achieve from gardening.  She will be sharing with us her love for succulents. Visit Gerry’s Garden at             


Holiday Decoration. Floral Acres will lead us in a "hands on" project to use in our home for decoration or give as a gift. The materials used will be appropriate for the holiday. Our club is providing the cost of materials, we will need to know in advance how many of our members plan to participate.  If you would like to bring a guest please contact Cheryl Hoke to confirm attendance at or call 847-714-2090. Please bring clippers or a knife to use in preparing your creation. Visit Floral Acres at or on their Facebook page. Call them at 847-395-1211.          


Creative Rehab. Come join us to find out how you can get your body ready for the fun and satisfaction of gardening without aches and pains. Learn how to stretch, move, lift and strengthen specifically related to gardening from the therapist at Creative Rehab. You can check their website at . Also, there will be a short video presentation featuring our own Cindy Cartner, explaining how to separate plants to prepare for our plant sale in May.


Terrific Tomatoes.  Nothing compares to the sweetness and flavor of a fresh, home-grown tomato! Mark Lyons, an experienced garden consultant, will show you how to successfully grow this juicy, mouth-watering garden fruit in your own backyard or container garden.  He can be reached at


Native Plants.  Eileen Davis, with the Lake County Forest Preserve District, will present Landscaping with Native Plants.   Discover  the benefits of using native plants in your landscape.  Native plant selection and identification, habitat requirements and          maintenance will be discussed. Contact info for Eileen Davis is


Annual potluck. We will celebrate the end of another fiscal 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. Members also have an opportunity to swap plants at this time.


AGC Summer 2018 Members-only Garden Walk. This will be one of the Saturday in July. We will meet at the parking lot of the United Methodist Church at 9:00 a.m. for carpool. Be our guest as we will meander through several of our member’s gardens. Whether sunny, shady or a little of both, our gardens are delightful to behold. Enjoy light  refreshments and the fellowship of one another. If you will be  interested in having your garden featured, please contact Cheryl Hoke at 847-714-2090 or email



 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 2017-2018 year.

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