2020 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.
We begin with a short business meeting that is usually followed by a guest speaker. During each meeting we conduct a plant competition among our members.The competition points are accumulated throughout the year and the winner is presented a traveling plaque with their name and the year engraved. We end our meetings with some refreshments and time to socialize among our members and our speaker(s).
Whether you are an avid gardener or a novice at gardening, please join us at our next gathering.
Jan 13- Photo Contest – Jerry Cleland For 2020 photo contest, the theme is “Edibles.” Photos will be on the display at the January 13 meeting. You will have an opportunity to vote for the photos taken by our gardener friends. Jerry will also talk about club calendar.
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 Services Abiotic?? 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 Show Bring 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