Programs for 2012 – 2013

August 7, 2012 at 7 pm: Getting Ready for the Flower Show
Design and Horticulture
By: Bill Hessel and Sally Henning


This meeting will be in preparation of our Flower Show entitled “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” being held on August 11th and 12th. The presenters are Bill and Sally from our garden club. Bill has much experience as a Flower Show Judge and Environmental Consultant, winning many awards for his entries in numerous flower shows and he is also on the Illinois Judges Council. Sally has also won many awards for her container entries in flower shows and has vast experience in designing and maintaining other peoples’ gardens. They will go over basics on entering designs, filling out entry cards, container grown plants and cut flowers and foliage.

NGC Objectives: Civic Development, Horticulture, Floral Design, Environmental Study


August 11-12, 2012: A Standard Flower Show
Title: Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Presented by: The Garden Club of Lake Zurich and
The Plant and Garden Club of Wauconda
Times: 8/11/12 Noon to 5:00 pm
8/12/12 Noon to 4:30 pm

Location: Administration Building
Paulus Park
200 South Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL 60047


August 25, 2012: Fall Plant Sale
Time: 7:30am - Noon

Sale occurs at 8:30 am until noon at the Ela Public Library, 275 Mohawk St. Lake Zurich, IL. All members are expected to participate in the sale by contributing plants and perennials, assisting on the sale day or by maintaining and planting the perennial beds during the sale. Items for sale should be clearly labeled with the name, care requirements and expected size.

NGC Objectives: Civic Development, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Garden Study, Arborculture, Environmental Study


September 4, 2012, 7pm: The World of Irises
By: Chuck Simon

This slide presentation covers the tall bearded Irises.
No other flower has the range of color as the Iris. There are varieties of Irises that can grow in swamps, deserts and your gardens. Questions on any type of Iris are welcome. Chuck is the president of the American Iris Society. He has been growing Irises for 47 years.

NGC Objectives: Environmental Study, Horticulture, Landscape Design Garden Study


October 2, 2012, 7pm: Creating Healthy Gardens
By: Lynn Bement

Create healthier gardens by using your own compost. Turn your kitchen waste, leaves and garden debris into life giving compost. Compost enriches your garden by adding microorganisms. This vibrant compost will better balance your garden by making it more resistant to insect/disease problems and more draught tolerant. You’ll learn how to do composting in your own backyard. Lynn has been a Master Gardener for 13 years, a certified advisor for Soil Foodweb, Inc., specializes in teaching composting, vermiculture, organic lawn care, growing edible plants, organic gardening and pest control. She owns a horticultural business, The Organic Garden Coach, and calls herself the “Compost Queen.”

NGC Objectives: Environmental Study, Garden Study, Waterwise, Conservation


November 6, 2012, 6pm: Harvest Bounty Dinner at St.
Matthew’s Lutheran Church

All members bring a home-made dish to share, in accordance with the season and whatever home grown produce remains from the abundance of their garden.

NGC Objectives: Horticulture, Garden Study, Environmental Study


December 4, 2012, 7pm: Flower Arranging For Christmas
By: Nancy Clifton

This floral presentation will cover arranging with both fresh and dried flowers. This is a perfect time to learn more arranging styles so we can create our own arrangements for Christmas. We will also learn to make the outdoor arrangements that have become so popular in the last few years. Nancy graduated from Univ. of Illinois with a bachelor degree in horticulture. She has been with the Chicago Botanic Gardens for 25 years and is a horticultural specialist. She also has a garden segment on WGN radio Thursdays.

NGC Objectives: Horticulture, Garden Study, Environmental Study, Landscape Design, Garden Art


January 2, 2013, 7pm: House Plants: Our Friend
By: Ken Bensen


We can brighten our homes with some tried and true House Plants. We will explore their needs, best locations, disease, insects and cultures in our home in this informative and interactive slide presentation. Ken is a Landscape Architect. He has a Masters & Bachelors Degree in Horticulture from Univ. of Illinois. From 1992-2000 he was host of Cable TV “Landscape with Ken Benson.” In 1998-2008 he was a board member of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show and also founding board member of MELA (Midwest Ecological Landscapers Assoc.). (continued on next page)

NGC Objectives: Garden Study, Horticulture, Environmental study


February 5, 2013, 7pm: Backyard Wildlife Habitats
By: David Brooks

Creating landscapes that are friendly and inviting to wildlife is a great way to act locally on behalf of the environment. Program will discuss benefits, options available and cover planning, design implementation and the proper maintenance of different habitat components. David is a professional naturalist who has given presentations on Illinois Natural History and Green Landscaping to groups throughout the Chicago area since 1990. He welcomes garden clubs to visit Spring Valley’s 135 acres throughout the year to learn about prairie wildflowers and ecology, spring migrant birds, heirloom kitchen gardening and the history of Schaumburg’s German farming community.

NGC Objectives: Garden Study, Horticulture, Environmental Study, Landscape Design, Wild Flowers, Conservation


March 5, 2013, 7pm: Ornamental Vegetable Gardening
By: Nick Nichaud

There is always more to learn about vegetable
gardening. What is the latest information? What are
the easiest vegetables to grow? How do we incorporate
vegetables into our flowerbeds if we don’t have
adequate space for a separate garden? Questions are
welcomed during the slide presentation. Nick has a degree in Ornamental Hortiucluture from the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison. He has interned at the Chicago Botanical Gardens and Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island, NY. He had a year of training at Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley outside London and has been Head Gardener of a private garden (50 acres) in Long Grove since 1995.

NGC Objectives: Environmental Study, Horticulture, Garden Study, Civic Community, Landscape Design

April 2, 2013, 7pm: Bulbs Through the Seasons
By: Jo Ann Loebel

There are bulbs for all seasons as well as bulbs for every exposure. We all know about daffodils and tulips, but do you know which bulbs bloom earliest and last the longest? Some bulbs are hardy and some need to be lifted and stored for the winter. The slide presentation will give lots of tips on outwitting wildlife—here’s help and the presentation also includes a demonstration on forcing bulbs.
Jo Ann is a Gardening, Landscape Designa & Environmental Consultant for the Garden Clubs of Illinois and has held many positions on the Board of Directors of GCI. She is an award-winning photographer, author of “Flowers are for Keeping” and a free-lance writer for gardening magazines and newspapers. She’s a member of Field and Flower Garden Club of Barrington and the South Barrington Garden Club.

NGC Objectives: Garden Study, Landscape Design, Horticulture, Conservation, Birds Butterflies


May 7, 2013, 7pm: Container Gardening
By: Sally Henning

Sally is a long time member of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. She works and maintains private gardens in the area and is familiar with the placement and type of plants to grow. She has won awards for her container gardens in many flower shows. Sally will demonstrate container planting. Her expertise will help us make a lovely and log lasting arrangement for our homes.

NGC Objectives: Garden Study, Horticulture, Environmental Study


May 4, 2013: Spring Plant Sale
Time: 7:30 am - Noon
Sale Time: 8:30 - Noon
Location: Ela Public Library
275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, IL.


All members are expected to participate in the sale by contributing plants from their own gardens , provide assistance with setup and tear down, on the day of the sale day as well as electing to help maintain the perennial beds during the sale. Items for the sale should be clearly labeled with the name, care requirements and expected size. Also items of garden art may also be available for sale, such as gourds, bird houses and garden magazines.

NGC Objectives: Civic Development, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Garden Art, Arborculture, Environmental Study


June 4, 2013, 7pm: Growing Small Fruits
By: Glenn Grosch


Small fruits are easy to grow and can fit into almost any landscape. The focus of this educational slide presentation will be on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants and grapes. Discussion will include selection of varieties, site selection, planting, maintenance, pruning and pest control. Glenn Grosch has been on the faculty at the Chicago Botantical Garden, he’s a Master Gardener, Arborist & Landscape Designer.

Also tonight: Members annual plant exchange

NGC Objectives: Garden Study, Horticulture, Civic Development, Arborculture, Environmental Study, Landscape Design


June 15, 2013: Members June Garden Walk
Time: 1:00 pm - 4pm

Garden Club of Lake Zurich members will be viewing the gardens of their fellow members: Beryle & Brian Ibbotson, Katie Whiston, Judie Zietlow & David DeVries

NGC Objectives: Horticulture, Garden Study, Garden Art, Landscape Design, Civic Development, Arborculture, Environmental Study


July 2, 2013, 6pm: Work at the Ela Library Gardens

All members participate with the clean up and maintenance of the designated perennial beds located at the Ela Library.

NGC Objectives: Horticulture, Garden Study, Landscape Design, Birds & Butterflies, Garden Art, Arborculture, Civic Development, Environmental Study