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Calendar of Events–2023/2024

Unless otherwise designated all general meetings are held on Mondays at 12:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 4101 Wolf Road, Western Springs

Masks are not required but welcomed.


Monday, September 18, 12:30 p.m.

Shrubs that you did not know you wanted with Cindy Tyley

Our member, Cindy, is a certified landscape designer, a member of the Illoinois
Landscape Contractor Association and has owned her own business, Carriage House Garden Design, since 1997. She focuses on practicality and low maintenance, as well as beauty. She will show us shrubs for year-round interest and don’t we love LOW maintenance?!



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

Southtown Dahlia with Robin Hill and Sue Fitzgerald

Robin is President, and Sue is Secretary and Webmaster, of the Southtown Dahlia
Club, and both are members of the American Dahlia Society. They have been
growing Dahlias for years—Robin with be a Candidate Judge for ADS and Sue
has a YouTube channel SueFitzgerald-Dahlias-and-More. They will present on
how to grow Dahlias and how to preserve them during the winter.



Monday, November 20, 12:30 p.m.

Holiday Arrangement with Stephanie Dalton

Stephanie has spent the last 30+ years working in the industry in the Chicagoland
area. She is the owner/principal of Can’t Contain Her, specializing in landscape
design as well as four-season custom container garden design. Stephanie will be
working with seasonal greens and holiday decorations.


Monday, December 4, TBA

A Special Day to Share and Remember - Emogene Cooke Day

This is our annual potluck brunch when we make holiday favors for area senior
facilities. This event’s details to be determined.
Hostesses: The Social Committee


Monday, January 15, 2024, 12:30 p.m.

BIRDS: Calling someone a ‘Bird Brain’ may not be the insult you thought
it was
with Kim White

For centuries the intelligence of birds has been doubted. Research now shows
just how intelligent many species of birds really are. From creating tools, to
playing and problem solving, some birds can rival primates in genius. Weather
permitting, her Blue and Gold Macaw might accompany Kim, who is a lifelong
naturalist and educator.


Monday, February 19, 12:30 p.m.

Culinary Landscaping with Herbs and Vegetables with Barbara Collins

Our Western Springs Garden Club member, Barb, has a master’s degree in
Horticulture from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and is the published author
of two books. Barb will provide ideas of new and unusual perennials, and how
to grow them.



Monday, March 18, 12:30 p.m.

Shady Characters: Nifty Plants for Shady Sites with Heather Prince

Heather has been part of the green industry for many years, including experience at the Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, and The Growing Place. She is a professional garden writer and trained horticulturist specializing in trees, shrubs, and natives with a passion for connecting people with plants.


Monday, April 15, 9:30 a.m.

Annual Election of Officers

We will have a short business meeting. Details of plant digs and sale to be


Thursday, April 25

Bagging and tagging of seedlings for Arbor Day Kindergarten distribution. Coordinator: Paula Line, Suzanne Rielly


Friday, April 26

Distribution in schools


Friday, May 10, 9:00 a.m., Tower Green 

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


Saturday, May 11, 8:00 a.m.-12 noon, Tower Green 


Coordinator: Connie Holroyd


Date and Time TBD

Plant Blue Star Memorial Garden

Volunteers gather to plant our Wolf Road garden in Western Springs.
Coordinator: Megan Albee


Wednesday, May 22, 11:30 a.m., Ruth Lake Country Club, Hinsdale

Spring Luncheon and Installation of Officers.
Coordinator: Marilyn Cahill, and the Social Committee


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