Calendar of Events – 2020/2021

Unless otherwise designated all general meetings are held at 12:30 p.m.,
First Congregational Church of Western Springs - Plymouth Hall,
1106 Chestnut Street, Western Springs

Although we have these scheduled programs on our calendar, due to Covid-19, programs may be virtual, or locations will be announced. Please check back.



Monday, September 21, 12:30 p.m.

Living Fireworks  with Carol Cichorski 


Carol has been growing dahlias for 16 years; planting dahlia tubers in their basement in February and growing 500 plants each year. 100 of them go into their own garden.  Carol will bring Dahlias to our meeting and will give some to members throughout her presentation!





Monday, October 19 12:30 p.m.

Spring Bulbs: Now is the Time  with Lorey Ford

Lorey is a University of Illinois Master Gardener. She will share her knowledge about design ideas and ways to improve your odds that the bulbs will be there in the spring.    




Monday, November 16, 12:30 p.m.

November and December Flower Arrangements  with Joey Wells

Joey is the manager of the Floral Department at Mariano’s in Western Springs. Many of us have enjoyed his professional and pleasant demeanor as we shop for flowers. Arrangements will be raffled off after the presentation!



Monday, December 14, 9:00 a.m.

A Special Day to Share and Remember - Emogene Cooke Day (Members Only)


In honor of one of our early members who encouraged sharing our talents with others, our members meet to share a potluck brunch and then work on special favors that are given to over 150 residents at a local nursing home. This is an adjunct to our Garden Therapy Program when we work on crafting projects with residents at the home.




Monday, January 25, 12:30 p.m.

Will the Real Egg Basket Stand Up”  with WSGC member Judy Keslik

Many parts of the U.S. boast a unique style of egg basket - buttocks basket, kidney basket and gizzard basket. The design, material and weaving techniques used in various geographical areas set the baskets apart from each other. In this presentation, we will discuss how they came to look that way and how these and other baskets got their “now-quaint” names.




Monday, February 22, 12:30 p.m.

Invite Nature to Your Yard  with Jim Kleinwachter

Jim is The Conservation Foundation program manager of Conservation@Home,  and he is here to help us improve our yard by helping reduce water run-off, increase wildlife habitat and improve the soil. Learn how to create more area for birds and butterflies, reduce chemical use, do less lawn mowing and learn to control invasive species




Monday, March 22, 12:30 p.m.

Creative Containers: Growing Beauty in Small Spaces  with Heather Prince

Heather is a trained horticulturist with a passion for connecting people with plants. She is a “home grown gal” who grew up in Western Springs and has been a part of the green industry for over 20 years. Heather will show us how to plant containers with flowers, foliage and food. A sample container will be raffled off.    




Saturday, April 10, 9:00 a.m. -Tentative

Project N.E.A.T.  We will gather to rake and clean up our designated park in Western Springs. Click HERE for more info.


Monday, April 19, 9:30 a.m.  -Tentative

Annual Election of Officers and Plant Digging  We will hold our election of officers and have a short business meeting. We will then proceed to members’ and friends’ gardens to dig and pot for our May Plant Sale.


Thursday, April 29, 9:30 a.m.  -Tentative

Bagging of seedlings for Arbor Day Kindergarten distribution Friday, April 30.






Friday, May 8, 9:00 a.m., Tower Green  -Tentative

Plant Sale Set-Up. Transport plants, label, price and setup for sale. Bring tables and wagons.


Saturday, May 8, 8:00 a.m.-12 noon, Tower Green  -Tentative



Wednesday, May 12, 9:00 a.m.  -Tentative

Plant Blue Star Memorial Garden

Volunteers gather to plant our Wolf Road garden in Western Springs.


Annual Luncheon -Tentative

Spring Luncheon and Installation of Officers





Member's Special Event TBA