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 2018-2019


  September 13
“Dress-up Your Home For Autumn”
Kim Hartman, a Landscape Designer at Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery, and Garden Center for 12 years. She will share ideas for decorating your home inside and out with live plants and other materials.
  October 11 “Climate Change – It is Happening”
Mike Zanillo, from Citizens Climate Lobby, will educate us and enable us on the compelling and scientific case for climate change in our world today. He brings the issue into focus, what climate change is, what its effects are, and what can be done about it.
  November 8 “Annual Holiday Luncheon and Fundraiser”
We will have our usual fabulous raffle prizes, a silent auction, “Take A Chance”, and we will have the wonderful Bake Sale. There will be a program of floral designs created by designer, Kathi Rose, from Kaleidoscope Floral. The floral designs created will be raffled off at the end of the program. At Manzo Banquets in Des Plaines, Ill. Registration required. For details or more information, contact the club at:
 December 13 “Arranging What Nature Provides”
A Fun With Flowers project. There will be a workshop using all natural materials, and you can make either a candle ring or a small wreath. The helpers are Liz Sauer, Barb Maier, Lana Gernady and Susan Boyajian. The cost is $5.00.


 January 10 “Geology at the Local Level”
Ray Wiggers, author, geologist, and adjunct professor at Oakton College. What is underfoot here in Cook County, Illinois, how did it come to be there, and how long did it take?
 February 14 “Bee My Valentine”
Jan Tones, the bee keeper at the nearby River Trails Nature Center, on maintaining beehives in northern Illinois, harvesting the honey, and the nutritional and medicinal value of local honey. He will also have local honey for sale.
 March 14 “Dependable Color by the Month”
Joe Smolecki, production manager at Hoffie Nursery, a wholesale operation in Union, Ill., provides a presentation on which plants to use to have flowers blooming all season long.
 April 11 “88 Year History of our Garden Club”
“Recipes of the Past – Potluck Luncheon” Following our Annual Potluck Luncheon, member Ann Ostenson will present the rich history of our garden club spanning the past 88 years, including stories, photos, & memorabilia.
 May 9 “Fun With Flowers – Make a Vintage Bundle of Joy”
There will be a workshop to arrange a tussy mussy, that’s a nose gay to you youngsters, from fresh flowers. Helpers are members Barb Maier, Liz Sauer, Lana Gernardy and Susan Boyajian. The cost is $5.00.
 May 15 “Remnants of the Illinois Wilderness”
James Rowan, photographer and naturalist, with a degree in Natural Science from Northeastern Illinois University, and has been associated with North Park Nature Center in Chicago, Northwestern University, and Ft. Dearborn Audubon Society.  This program explores some of the few remaining forests, prairies, and wetland in Illinois, and surveys many of the wildflowers and animal life to be found there.  Cost is free, but reservations are needed so call the Des Plaines Public Library at 847-827-5551.
 June 6 “A Country Excursion – Our 88th Annual Birthday Celebration Trip”
This year will be going out to the beautiful, rural area of Oregon, Ill. We will have a tour of “Stronghold Castle”, the summer home of the Strong family, built in 1928 to look like a medieval castle. Then we will have a two-hour Maxon Manor Paddle Boat Tour on the Rock River. We will sail past the famous Blackhawk statue by sculptor Lorado Taft, that overlooks the river, and hopefully get to see it without the construction cover. A buffet lunch will follow at Maxon’s Riverside Restaurant.