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 2016-2017


  September 8
“Alternative Gardening Spaces”
Shawn Odneal from Aquaponic Garden Shop will present a brief introduction to the future of global garden spaces, including hydroponics, aquaponics, & vertical garden systems. We will explore future and current home indoor/outdoor garden spaces. We will also have a show and tell with hydroponic growing media and possibly a small hydroponic garden on display
  October 13 “Roadside Arrangements”
Barb Ottolino of the Cultivated Choice will demonstrate the mechanics and design principles you need to create lavish fall arrangements. She will be using what is at hand, or easily found on the roadside. We will learn what, how and where to collect, how to store, alter, and recycle botanicals so they are always at hand for arrangements.
  November 10 “85th Annual Holiday Luncheon and Fundraiser”
We will have our Annual Holiday Luncheon and Fundraiser at Manzo’s Banquets in Des Plaines, Ill. There will be fabulous raffle prizes, a silent auction, “Take A Chance”, and we will have our wonderful bake sale.
The program will be Joan Singer and Eileen Weeder, from Bertold’s Flower, Gift and Garden Center in Elk Grove Village, who will show us how to make several beautiful Holiday Creations. At the end of the presentation, the arrangements will be raffled off.
 December 8 “And in Time For the Holidays”
A “Fun With Flowers” craft project by member Donna Erickson and her daughter, Cindi McCann. They will show us how to make beautiful handmade Christmas note cards. We will make 4 cards with envelopes. All materials will be furnished. Cost will be $6.00.


 January 12
“Long Term Flowering Plants”
This title reminds us that there are plants that can last several years, and that can bloom for an extended period of time, often three months or more. Member Bob Nicholson will share with you some that you may not have considered for your garden, but that you might want to try so you too can have season-long color in your garden, without having to re-plant annuals each year.
 February 9 “I’m Late! I’m Late! For a Very Important Date!”
A “Fun With Flowers” craft project by member Donna Ericson to make a small clock. Then you will be reminded of our meeting times! Materials will be limited. The cost will be $6.00.
 March 9 “Growing Dahlias”
Members Ray and Karen Holich have been growing dahlias since 2001, and propagate over 300 each year. He will explain the process; types, dividing, starting tubers, cuttings, rooting cuttings, and planting. And what to expect the first 45 days, as they grow, and need to be disbudded.
 April 13 “85 Years of History of the Des Plaines Garden Club”
There will be our Annual Potluck Luncheon, and there will be the Installation of Officers. Member Ann Ostenson will have a presentation on the history of our Garden Club.
 May 11 “Wild Birds”
Alyse Burnman, co-owner of Wild Bird Shack in Mt Prospect has been birding for over 18 years and traveled throughout the United States. Her presentation will be on hummingbirds and other native birds, how to attract and keep them in our yards, and what to feed them.
 May 17 “Plant for Pollinators”
Our Garden Club and the Des Plaines Public Library will co-sponsor a program at the library. Author Sharon Yiesla of Sharon Yiesla Horticultural Services will present a program to help us learn who the pollinators are and what types of flowers will attract them. You can make your garden a haven for pollinators. At 7:00PM at the library. Free, but registration with the library is required 847-827-5551.
 June 8 “86th Birthday Celebration Event Trip”
To Acorn Hollow, Hosta Gardens, in West Chicago, Ill., to see the beautiful gardens and hosta collection. Then on to St. Charles for a two-hour sightseeing trip on the Fox River, aboard the Paddlewheel Riverboat. A fried-chicken picnic lunch will be served aboard the boat. On the way home, we will stop at Midwest Groundcovers, a wholesale-only nursery, where our Club members will be able to purchase at wholesale prices. It also has beautiful display gardens designed by Roy Diblik.