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*The public is invited to all programs which are held at the United Methodist Church, corner of Western and Cherry, unless otherwise noted.
*Membership is open year-round.
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Calendar of Events

September 1, 10 am :  “Pocket Prairie Gardens

The Little Garden Club of Wilmette will discuss how to replace native insect and bird habitats, in six easy steps, with a "Pocket Prairie" Garden. Using attractive combinations of native plants that grow well in sun or shade, your garden (even a container garden) can provide food and homes for Monarch butterflies, bees, birds and other native pollinators. 

28 (date change to Monday), 10 am:  BONUS OUTING  
                                "Illinois Beach State Park"

We will meet with environmentalist, Don Wilson, 10 am at the South Unit Nature Area. (Directions will be provided). Those attending will meet in the parking lot of the Northbrook United Methodist Church, Cherry and Western at 8:50 am. Car pools will be encouraged and will leave the lot at 9 am sharp.

Illinois Beach State Park is the only remaining beach ridge shoreline left in the state, with dunes and swales, sprawling marshes, forests of oak and vast arrays of animal life and vegetation. We will first go to the Nature Center to watch a short video. The focus of the walk will be native vegetation and the geology of the area. We will walk to the lake shore on the Beach Trail and take a short walk on Dead rive Trail. We will stay on gravel or sand trails. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. The walk itself will be one mile and will take about one and a half hours. If the group wants to walk further, we can.

September 24, 10-12 am: District IX Leadership Meeting
The new event is the District IX Leadership Workshop, which is open to our membership and will be an interesting and informative morning about leadership. More details and registration forms will be available at the 9/1 monthly meeting.

October 6, 7 pm :  "Our Northbrook Trees"

Terry Cichocki, our Northbrook Village Forester and a Garden Club honorary member, will discuss tree species that work in Northbrook soils, Northbrook's tree preservation ordinance and how it has saved heritage and landmark trees and tips on keeping your trees healthy going into fall and winter. She will also  discuss the economic and environmental benefits of trees and introduce the concept of Forest Therapy: how trees can make you feel better.

November 3, 10 am :  "Holiday Centerpieces and the Outdoor Winter                                                           Arrangements".

Lisa Hilgenberg, a Chicago Botanic Garden horticulturist, will demonstrate how to create your own indoor and outdoor holiday decorations, by creating both a festive tabletop topiary and a woodsy long-lasting evergreen arrangement that transitions from one holiday to the next. Both arrangements will go to club members.

December 1, 11:30 am : Holiday Luncheon

Our annual Luncheon at Allgauer's in Northbrook, is for members and anyone intending to join. 

2016  Programs

January 5, 10 am  "What's in Your Backyard?  Bugs, Bees and Butterflies".

Joan Sayre, a member of the Riverwoods Nature Photographic Society, has had her nature prints appear in many exhibits and publications and in educational materials for the Lake County Forest Preserves. Joan will share photographs and interesting facts about the insects she typically finds in her back yard and nearby areas. Working exclusively with a macro lens, she captures details that most people never see when they look at their plants and flowers.

February 2, 7 pm :  "Professionals' Secrets to Container Gardening"

Jennifer Brennan, Horticulture Information Specialist at the Chalet Nursery for the  past 24 years and manager of its Education Center, will share the secrets that pros use in container gardening. Innovative planting techniques, plus time-released fertilizers and other additives, lead to great presentation that will delight gardeners and their guests.

March 8, 9 am : District IX 38th Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Details to follow

April 5 10 am :   "Perennial Garden Maintenance and preparations for Northbrook                             Garden Club Perennial Plant sale"

Laura Waring/Gail Abbott of Red's Garden Center, will discuss how to divide perennials and take care of them in preparation for our upcoming Plant Sale, as well as techniques for perennial garden maintenance. Bring your questions about care of plants in your garden four our local experts to answer

May 3  7 pm : To be announced

June 7 11:30 am:  Spring luncheon; location TBA

July 21 9 am 

From Our Gardens to Yours

Be sure to stop by our perennial plant sale, at The Village Green Center, corner of Walters and Meadow.
Hours are 9 am to 4 pm.
Along with many varieties of plants you'll find free advice!

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