6 members of AGC visited the CBG on a beautiful day in August. They visited the vegetable garden, took a ride on the narrated tram ride which gives you a wonderful overview of all of the gardens. Some of them also visited the bonsai exhibit and visited the butterfly exhibit. The butterfly exhibit was the highlight of the visit. The butterflies were very active. They seemed to be playing with one another. Flying around landing on flowers rocks and people. Some of members were lucky enough to have butterflies land on their hands. It was a wonderful group outing day!
The AGC Meet and Greet event was held on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Many members, include 5 new members participated the event. Everyone had a good time mingling with each other, accompanied by some delicious treats. A lot of members toured the village gardens led by the horticulture committee members. There were people stopped by and expressed their interest in joining our club. This was a very successful event. Hope to have more in the future. Here are some pictures from the event.
It was a fantastic club gathering "Meet & Greet" at our member Linda Fox's beautiful home garden on Sep. 28th 2019. 15 members attended event. Warm and relax fellowship chit chat accompanied with delicious food and wine, what can be batter than that in this chilly autumn afternoon. Thank you, Linda, for your hospitality to host this event. Everyone had a great time! Pictures below can tell a better story.
What a wonderful summer garden party we had on Saturday August 24th at Antony and John's beautiful home and garden. Nestled in the city of Waukegan, it's an oasis of three years in the making. It was started from a blank canvas, evolved into a lush landscape with perennial and annual flowers and evergreens, combined with outstanding hardscape, such as sculptures, a koi pond and comfy sitting arrangements, that made this place an every gardener's envy. The house inside has been also tastefully decorated with eye catching arts and crafts. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and as colorful as flowers. At the end of the party, we even had an authentic English tea that brewed by real Englishman Antony. What a treat! Our members enjoyed every minute of this party. Thank you, Antony and John!
Below are photos taken at the event that are worth more than thousand words.
A group of club members visited Volo Bog State Park and took a guided walking tour of the site. The outing was organized by member Linda Fox.
Volo Bog exhibits all stages of bog succession. A floating mat of sphagnum moss, cattails and sedges surrounds an open pool of water in the center of the bog.
What a great afternoon for a picnic at a park like private garden, in and out of a gorgeous house with a million-dollar view and delicious food. Thanks to our member/ gracious hostess Linda Fox, who made this club summer picnic possible. More than half of the members attended and really enjoyed the event. The pictures are worth thousand of words. Please view the slideshow below.
Our gracious hostess Linda Fox and club president Barb Gollwitzer
A group of club members visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens to view the Wonderland Express, an annual holiday extravaganza featuring magnificent model trains, magical and glittering indoor snow, and meticulously crafted Chicago landmarks in miniature. Plus, see intricate ice carvings and hear beautiful music from carolers. It’s truly magical to see what is done with miniature Botanical. Our visit was concluded with lunch at the Café and a visit to the Gift Shop.
9 members & 1 guest of AGC met at United Methodist Church on Wednesday Sep. 20 and car pooled to Egg Harbor in Lake Geneva for a delightful lunch/brunch. Then on to the Northwind Perennial Farm for a guided tour. Northwind Perennial Farm is an early 1900s farmstead. Founded in 1991, specializing growing regionally hardy perennials. They offer landscape design services and a unique garden shop filled with art, garden accents and home décor. Visit Northwind and explore the lush serene display gardens, benefit from cutting edge plant knowledge and leave with flourishing plants and rare findings.
Thank you Cheryl & Judy for planning a delightful outing for us. Great turnout, delicious lunch/brunch and Northwind was wonderful. We will go back as a group again when they have their holiday shop open and running in the holiday season.
Our Garden Club had an group outing on Saturday, February 27 to a tropical wonderland of beautiful orchids-The Hausermann Orchid Farm. Magnificent Cattleyas, beautiful Phalaenopsis, Cymbidiums & many other varieties of orchids displayed throughout the greenhouse. The members met at the Methodist Church parking lot at 9:00 am and carpool to Villa Park, IL. The weather couldn't be better at 50's with sunshine. What a perfect day to break the winter doldrums and enjoy the magnificent blooming flowers. Below are some of the highlight to share with our members.
"Summer Garden Walk"
On Saturday 16th afternoon approximately 15 members of AGC and 2 guests toured four of our member’s gardens. We met at “United Methodist Church” of Antioch and carpooled together.
Our first garden had both sunny and shady areas with a dense woodland surrounding ponds and a darling getaway cabin that more than one member said “I want that!” This garden is located on a hilltop providing sloping areas that provide lots of visual interest. We saw one of the largest and oldest linden trees in the area. Magnificent shade tree.
Second garden was a very detailed planned garden. It has a wonderful color scheme of orange and yellow. Off the back of this home was a deck that was built and furnished to not only provide a great view of the back acreage but the perfect area to entertain outdoors. Going down the winding driveway gave us a real feel of country and seclusion.
Our third garden had quite a variety of coneflowers and had even created a "penny ball" and had an example of how to use a pallet to hang plants. This garden was in a subdivision but backs up to an open conservation area, lots of birds were sighted. This member was gracious enough to have refreshments served on her delightful patio area.
Back to town for our final garden, an excellent example of an urban garden. There was a beautiful shady garden in the back yard, with a swamp maple that was over 50 years old! Several of our members recognized plants from this “charter” members yard that they have purchased at our annual plant sale.
As a club we appreciate the members that opened their gardens to us and the members that provided refreshments. It was a glorious day. We look forward to repeating this event in 2017!
1st home garden's owner Nancy N.