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Feb 15 2024

February 22nd Meeting: Backyard Birds and Bird Feeding

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By Ruth Kyme

Our February speaker is David Brooks, a professional naturalist with the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. In his program, Backyard Birds and Bird Feeding, we will learn the “how to” of attracting a variety of birds to our property through properly maintained feeding stations and plantings that offer both food and shelter. The program will also include a who’s-who of common local birds and some of the migrating birds to be observed in the spring and fall.

Meeting Location: St Andrew Lutheran Church (NE Corner of Prince Crossing & Geneva Road.)

Meeting Time:

  • 6:45PM Arrive & Mingle
  • 7:00PM Business Meeting
  • 7:15PM Program

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Jan 23 2024

January 25th Meeting: Seed Starting

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Clipart of 2 packages of seedsOur first meeting of 2024 is coming up! We are looking forward to seeing everyone and getting started in planning and preparing for another year of gardening. Are you interested in growing a new variety of pepper or tomato that you saw in a seed catalog you got in the mail? Or maybe you just want to give your garden a head start for the growing season. Learn about the equipment and methods used for starting seeds indoors.

Our speaker is a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, Jan Gricus.

Meeting Location: St Andrew Lutheran Church (NE Corner of Prince Crossing & Geneva Road.)

Meeting Time:

  • 6:45PM Arrive & Mingle
  • 7:00PM Business Meeting
  • 7:15PM Program

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Sep 20 2023

September 28th Meeting: Sharpening Garden Tools

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By Ruth Kyme

Photograph of a row of gardening hand toolsOur presenter, Ken Benson, is a landscape architect with degrees in horticulture from the University of Illinois. Ken will discuss the myth that gardening tools come from the store sharp. He will demonstrate how to use various sharpening stones to sharpen pruners, shovels, and all other gardening tools. You may bring a pair of hand pruners to be critiqued and if possible, sharpened with a hand file. Ken will try to sharpen as many pruners as possible, time permitting.

Benson is a landscape architect and was the host of cable TVs Landscaping with Ken Benson 1992-2000. He was a board member of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show 1998-2008 and a founding board member of MELA- Midwest Ecological Landscapers Association. Benson is also a past member of the Men’s Garden Club of Villa Park and has been giving programs since 1972 to garden clubs throughout the area.

REMINDER: If you still have pots that you would like to donate, our Plant Sale Chair people have organized to collect them at this month’s meeting. This is only for THIS month—we don’t have the space or time to handle this at other meetings. We are looking for 4” pots that we use for small plants and vegetables and for the standard gallon pots. Trays for both are also great. Ideally, we prefer pots that don’t have names/advertising printed on them, but we will take those. It would help, if you have the chance, to use a large sharpie to cross out whatever is printed on the pot and remove/cross out any labels on the pot.

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