The program for the March 2022 was All About the Seeds, organized and presented by our program committee members Marianne P. and Jane B. A nice display of seed-starting materials, tools, and DIY information were presented, along with many flower and vegetable seeds for exchanging. Most of the seeds were brought in by members from their own gardens, also some from supporting vendors. Everyone attending the meeting was happy to bring a collection of seeds home. Seeds exchanges can really promote biodiversity in our gardens and offer an opportunity to try something new! Spring is in the air. Let's get ready to have our seeds started!
The Main table at the meeting
With the club's annual perennial plant sale coming up May 14, we enjoyed viewing club member Cindy Cartner's video presentation, "Transplanting 101," which is on YouTube. We listened to her tips afterwards for giving the perennials we divide and share a good start to ensure they will do well in buyers' gardens this spring. Then member Jane Buck, master gardener, drew on her years of experience serving on several invasive plant committees in different states to educate the club about the invasive plants found in Illinois. She explained what they are, how to identify them, where to find them, and why we should care. Many people unintentionally share invasive plants and shrubs, and some people and businesses even sell them. It was illuminating to discover what the most common ones are in our area and how to do our part to stop their spread. Invasive plants that were in many cases introduced over the years for what people thought were good reasons, now crowd out native plants and disrupt the ecosystem in the state. We again shared seeds with one another, and welcomed new members and guests. Next month's meeting will be our annual plant sale! See you there!
This program will be presented by our fellow AGC member Jane Buck, a master gardener and flower show judge. She will do a presentation of invasive plants of Illinois with a colorful PowerPoint.
Our fellow AGC member Cindy Cartner will give a presentation on dividing perennials. She is going to discuss the do’s and don’ts of dividing our prized plants, mean-while showing her video “Transplanting 101”.
Antioch Garden Club kicked off the summer with our June meeting. First we thanked our outgoing officers who have kept our club going through the pandemic, then we inducted our new officers for the coming two years.
Thank you to outgoing officers Vice President Linda Fox and Secretary Jayna Legg.
Congratulations to our incoming officers President Holly MarkwartSwehla, Vice President Marianne Peters, Secretary Nancy Zitkus and our Treasurer Lana Svitak.
The Nancy Zitkus Scholarship was presented to this year's recipient, Riley Nebel.
We ended our meeting with a pot luck luncheon, and the food was fantastic!! Our next meeting will be on September 10th. We hope you will join us!
Outgoing officers Lana S, Jayna L and Linda F
Antioch Garden Club celebrated the beginning of our club year with a garden tour and potluck luncheon. Our gardens are looking beautiful thanks to the hard work of our members who dedicate many hours to our community gardens!
After our garden our and business meeting we enjoyed our annual potluck lunch and our members can cook and bake as well as we can garden! The food was delicious and beautifully presented!
Gourds! Marlene Maroff grew up in a family of gardeners in New Jersey. She served in the US Marine Corps, settled in Davenport, IA and became an active member in garden clubs. She is a master Flower Show Judge and a Rose & Rose Arrangement Judge. She has raised many types of gourds over the years and is currently President-Elect of the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, Inc. Today, Marlene will be sharing her love of gourds - growing, harvesting, drying, and decorating
Add a Little Prairie to Your Garden
We had a wonderful presentation this month from Cindy Crosby. Illinois prairies are a rare and spectacular landscape. Cindy's presentation showed us how to create a native garden that is aesthetically pleasing and will bring rare and beautiful butterflies and bees to our home gardens! The presentation was well received by our members and guests.
After the presentation we inducted our newest member Laura S. and enjoyed refreshments provided by our monthly hospitality members.
Cindy Crosby is an author/contributor to more than 30 books and blogs each week at Tuesdays in the Tallgrass. She has a master's degree in natural resources, is a Master Gardener, a natural history instructor for The Morton Arboretum, and so much more. For more information please visit her website at cindycrosby.com
Holiday Succulent Make & Take
Our friends from Floral Acres provided us with another fun holiday make & take. This year we created Christmas succulent arrangements. We also learned about how to care for these plants which have become so popular in the last couple years. Our talented club members made some really beautiful arrangements!
After our activity, we had refreshments provided by the hospitality team. During the business portion of the meeting, we inducted two new members. Welcome Nancy and Sharon!
Our club is currently on winter break. Our next meeting will be held at the Antioch Village Center on May 11, 2023.
Lori and Emily from Floral Acres presenting our December program