Meetings and Programs

We meet the second Thursday of the month (see below) at 11:00AM, September and October, then December through May, at Frisbie Senior Center, 52 East Northwest Highway, Des Plaines, Ill. 60016 (Their phone number is 847-768-5944)

We have refreshments at 11:00AM, followed by a business meeting. At 1:00PM, we have our program. Join us for lectures, slide presentations, workshops, gardening tips, and environmental information.

For information regarding our tours, holiday luncheon, and other special functions, see “Events”.

For information regarding the members’ plant and bake sale, see “Plant and Bake Sale”.

PROGRAMS 2017-2018


  September 14
“Preserving the Harvest”
A presentation by Emily Paster from “West of the Loop” and founder of “Chicago Food Swap” on 5 ways to preserve the bounty of our garden harvest; from canning, to freezing, to drying, to root collecting. She will have copies of her cookbooks, with wonderful recipes, for sale.
  October 12 Oct. 12 “Arrangement in a Paper Bag”
A fall floral design workshop with members Lana Gernady, Liz Sauer, Barb Maier, and Susan Boyajian.  Members will be given a paper bag with dried and fresh flowers and materials, and all of the other components needed to make a floral arrangement.  The cost will be $5.00.
  November 9 “Annual Holiday Luncheon and Fundraiser”
At Manzo’s Banquets.  We will have a program of floral designs created by a designer from Pesche’s Flowers.  The floral designs created will be raffled off at the end of the program.  And we will also have our traditional, fabulous Bake Sale, Raffle, Instant Win, and Silent Auction.
 December 14 “Design for an Outdoor Container”
A designer from Lurvey’s Garden Center will show us how to use greens and other natural materials for a Holiday Container for porch, patio, or balcony, that will last.


 January 11 “Floral Designs for the Home That You Can Do”
Designer Kathi Rose of Kaleidoscope Florals will show us two designs, a simple one that you could do just for you to enjoy, and another that would be more suitable to use as a centerpiece or on display when you have guests.
 February 8 “Winter Teas to Keep You Warm and Cozy”
A presentation by Sheila Duda from Tealula in Park Ridge.  She will explain the different types of teas and the brewing process for the perfect cup of tea.  There will be tea sampling, and she will have a selection of teas for sale.
 March 8 “Spring Ephemerals”
Ed Max from Max’s Greener Places will do a presentation on those plants that appear in the spring for only a brief time, dazzle us with their delicate beauty, then disappear until next year.
 April 12 “Annual Potluck Luncheon and Installation of Officers”
Theme will be a Hawaiian Luau, complete with Hawaiian music and dancers from Barefoot Hawaiian in Des Plaines. Also, they will show the club how to make an authentic flower lei.
 May 10 “Vegetable Gardening in Containers”
A presentation by Michael Annes from Ball Horticultural in West Chicago on how you can grow food crops in containers in very little space, and in non-traditional locations (balconies, patios, decks, even window boxes).
 May 16 “Artistic Effects in Glorious Gardens”
A presentation by Laura Mueller, a lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago.  The colors, design, and textures of a lovely garden deserve to last longer than a single summer, so artists have been willing to labor over this double act of creation – first the garden and then the painting.  Claude Money is the best known artist gardener.  Artists who painted their own gardens include Peter Paul Rubens, Gustave Caillebotte and Frida Kahlo.  Other artists, like Edouard Manet and John Singer Sargent, set up their easels in choice gardens of the day.  At the Des Plaines Public Library at 7:00pm.  Program is free but registration required – 847-827-5551
 June 14 “87th Birthday Celebration Event Trip”
To the beautiful Rotary Gardens in Janesville, Wi.   After lunch at Hhffrrrggh Inn (just try saying that!), we will visit the K & W Greenery, a nursery, greenhouse, and garden center in Janesville, with its great selection of perennials, shrubs, and fairy garden materials.