Welcome to The Gardeners of Central Lake County, Illinois. We are a group of gardening enthusiasts that meet once a month for community
with other gardeners and to be inspired by outstanding local speakers. Besides the monthly meetings we have yearly activities such as Plant Sale, Garden walk etc. The club has been in existence since 1959. We are affiliated with Gardeners of America and American Horticulture Society.
Join us any time. See our next gathering listed below or view our full calendar. Download a membership form. Guests are always welcome at our regular monthly member meetings.
7:00 pm on the second Monday evening of most months. Location: CrossLife Evangelical Free Church 431 W. Austin Avenue, Libertyville, IL.
This month’s activity Feb 10 Barnswallow – A Wild Bird Concern – Birds of Prey and Their Amazing Stories- Linda Breuer Linda from Barnswallow, a private, not for profit state and federally licensed wild bird rehabilitation and education center, is dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned songbirds and raptors with the goal of restoring them to freedom in the wild. What brings birds to Barnswallow? They arrive for several different reasons. Linda will discuss the many causes that result in birds becoming orphaned and injured. She will cover our plummeting bird populations and what we can do we can help. Program includes live birds of prey.
March 9 – How do Homeowners Help our Honey Bees? – Justin and Jerry Cleland This presentation will describe how honey bees create honey, what goes on inside of their hives, and what home owners can do to help this process. Some of the major pressures on local bees will be described and potential solutions will be offered.
April 13 – Insects of Lake County Ryerson Woods/LCFP Learn about the insects found in your backyard, their life cycles, and the difference between the beneficial and harmful insects. We will cover some organic means of controlling the harmful insects.
May 11 –- It’s Not a Bug, It’s Abiotic by Sharon Yiesley, Horticultural ServicesAbiotic?? What does that mean? This word refers to problems that are NOT caused by a living pest (insect or disease). Abiotic problems have non-living causes like weather, poor planting techniques, soil problems, etc. We often focus on problems caused by pests, but these abiotic problems are often more common and widespread. Learn what they are so you can recognize what is going on in your garden.
June 8 – Mini Plant ShowBring your best plant, flowers or fruit to enter into the show.
July 17 Annual Picnic come to enjoy summer in the forest preserve with your gardener friends
August No Meeting
Sept 14 (Veggie Tasting) The New Fall Cleanup by Kim Ellson Did you know that some of your favorite butterflies need that dead growth to overwinter and survive another season? Learn why more and more people are now embracing a new approach to fall cleanups and how you too can make a positive change.
Oct 12- Permaculture Gardening- by Alicia Dodd Alicia is the creator and manager of the Fremont Township Community Garden and will be sharing a Permaculture approach to managing our environment that conserves resources, encourages biodiversity, and brings our surroundings to life! Join us as she shares lessons learned with integrated pest management, weed control, and plant selection for successful chemical-free gardening.
Nov 9 Pie Social & Seed-Swap Bring a pie to share.
Dec 6 – Annual Meeting and Holiday Party
LOCATION: 1200 American Way, Libertyville, directly behind The Chapel building. Park at the far northeast corner of parking lot. In September community gardeners will enjoy the fresh produce from their garden lot.