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DGC Events

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION:  Tropicals to Perk Up Your Home
Aug
5
6:30 PM18:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Tropicals to Perk Up Your Home

6:30pm - Social / 7:00pm - Presentation by Barbara Collins, MS / 8pm General Meeting

Barb is the published author of two books: Landscaping Herbs and Professional Interior Plantscaping. She earned her Masters of Science degree in horticulture at the University of Illinois, Urbana. In addition to programs based upon her two books, Barb enjoys talking about succulents, container and rain gardens.

Join Barb as she shows us where those indoor plants grow wild. She'll explain how to adapt the many different species and their cultivars to our homes and our temperate climate. New and exciting introductions are highlighted. Tips about keeping them at their best are included.

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION:   IL Invaders-What We Have & What's Coming
Jul
1
6:30 PM18:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: IL Invaders-What We Have & What's Coming

6:30pm - Social / 7:00pm - Presentation by Scott Schirmer
8pm General Meeting

Scott has been with the Illinois Department of Agriculture since 2007, and he currently serves as the Nursery and Northern Field Office Manager and the Illinois State Plant Regulatory Official on the Central and National Plant Boards.  His main responsibilities include plant heath, regulatory, nursery, pesticide, export, and invasive species matters. Previously within the Department, Scott worked on the Emerald Ash Borer and export certification programs.  Prior to his time with IDOA, Scott worked with USDA APHIS PPQ on the Asian Longhorned Beetle Project in Chicago from 2001-2007, and assisted on the New York and New Jersey ALB projects.



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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Succession Planting in the Vegetable Garden
Jun
3
6:30 PM18:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Succession Planting in the Vegetable Garden

6:30 pm- Social / 7:00 pm- Presentation by Lisa Hilgenberg

We partner with Indian Prairie Public Library for June's presentation. Lisa Hilgenberg comes to Darien from the Chicago Botanic Garden and will speak to us on how we can increase our vegetable harvest through succession planting.

Lisa Hilgenberg has vegetable gardening in her blood: her family’s Century Farm heritage dates to 1881. As the horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s 4 acre Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Lisa leads a crew of four and a team of 25 volunteers in curating and interpreting a collection of 500 types of edible plants. Using USDA protocol and standards for organic growing, the plants grown in 2018 produced a harvest of two tons of fresh fruits and vegetables. Lisa designs the three seasons’ worth of vegetable display beds, manages two orchards of apples and stone fruits, and mentors interns from Windy City Harvest (CBG’s urban agriculture program), College First-Chicago Public Schools and the French Heritage Society.

You may recognize Lisa’s voice from her Weekly Gardening Minute on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM. In addition, she teaches classes and workshops at the Joseph Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden and writes and speaks for local and national magazines and trade shows.   

Follow her on Instagram at hilgenberg8.

Education: Gustavus Adolphus College, University of Iowa, Geology, French. Professional horticulture certification from the Joseph Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Produce Safety Alliance certified

 

 

 

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION:   Roses
May
6
6:30 PM18:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Roses

6:30pm - Social / 7:00pm - Presentation by Frank DeVries / 8pm General Meeting

Frank DeVries, master gardener and member of the Sauk Trail Rose Society is joining us this month as our guest speaker. He is an avid gardener with hundreds of roses grown on his private property. Come learn all about roses as Frank shares his enthusiasm on the enjoyment of growing theses gorgeous flowers.

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION:  Seed Saving
Apr
1
6:30 PM18:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Seed Saving

6:30 pm-Social / 7:00 pm-Presentation by Leslie LeResche.
8:00 pm-General Meeting

Leslie Le Resche, Master Gardener of the University of Illinois Extension, will educate us how to save seeds from our very own gardens!

Saving your own seeds is easy and free! Find out which seeds are worth the effort and which are not. Learn methods of cleaning and storing your seeds.

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Vermicomposting
Mar
4
6:30 PM18:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Vermicomposting

6:30 pm-Social / 7:00 pm-Presentation by Sue Styer
8:00 pm-General Meeting

We welcome Sue Styer as our speaker this month. Sue Styer is a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist in Kane county. She was awarded an Illinois Outstanding Master Gardener award in 2018. A retired biology teacher and enthusiastic vegetable and native plant gardener, she enjoys “Helping Others Learn to Grow”.

Start making the richest soil around. Let worms recycle your kitchen waste and newspapers into something you can use. Vermicomposting is a great learning experience. Learn how to keep happy and productive worms that will create rich castings to use as fertilizer in your houseplants and garden.

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Perennial Edible Gardens using Permaculture Principles
Feb
4
6:30 PM18:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Perennial Edible Gardens using Permaculture Principles

  • Meeting at St John Lutheran Church (map)
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6:30 pm-Social / 7:00 pm-Presentation by Annamaria Leon & Roy Diblik
8:00 pm-General Meeting

We are thrilled to have Annamaria Leon and Roy Diblik of Homan Grown as our presenters this month!

Annamaria Leon is a Certified Permaculture Designer specializing in edible forest garden design(http://www.edibleforestgardens.com/about_gardening). She is a graduate of the Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest holding a certificate in Sustainable Horticulture and Urban Agriculture. Annamaria is also co-owner of Homan Grown, a social enterprise perennial plant nursery located on the West Side of Chicago and Director of a not-for-profit, Permaculture Chicago Teaching Institute (https://www.permaculturechicago.com/).  

Roy Diblik is a renowned perennial plant nurseryman, author, and landscape designer. He is co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm (http://northwindperennialfarm.com/) in Burlington, WI. Roy's book "The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden" received several awards and focuses on the plant communities that nurture and complement one another resulting in lowered maintenance and increased beauty and natural habitat over time. 

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION:  Orchids: Ornamental Beauties & Natural Wonders
Nov
5
5:30 PM17:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Orchids: Ornamental Beauties & Natural Wonders

  • Meeting at St John Lutheran Church (map)
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6:30 pm - Social / 7:00 pm - Presentation by Scott Stewart
8:00 pm - General Meeting

Scott Stewart serves as the Executive Director of Millennium Park Foundation and is deeply passionate about the value and role of public space. His goal is to create free, open, and culturally representative experiences for people in public spaces of artistic and architectural significance. Scott has published more than 40 articles and written numerous book chapters on topics ranging from native orchid seed germination, to plant propagation techniques for ecological restoration and the role of public space in ecological education. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Illinois College.

 

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Amazing Alternatives to the Traditional Lawn
Oct
1
5:30 PM17:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Amazing Alternatives to the Traditional Lawn

6:30 pm - Social / 7:00 pm - Presentation by Julie Janoski
8:00 pm General Meeting

Julie is a professional landscape designer and garden coach, formerly of The Growing Place and now with her own business, Janoski Design. Originally a banker and small business consultant, the urge to garden finally became overwhelming, and she received a degree in horticulture with a landscape design and construction certificate. She has been designing for homeowners and doing garden presentations for over a decade, using beautiful photos to inform and educate.

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Pollinator Friendly Plant Communities at Lurie Garden
Jun
4
5:30 PM17:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Pollinator Friendly Plant Communities at Lurie Garden

6:30 pm- Social / 7:00 pm- Presentation
8:00 pm General Meeting

We partner with Indian Prairie Public Library for June's presentation. Laura Ekasetya, Director and Head Horticulturist of Lurie Garden will present Pollinator Friendly Plant Communities at Lurie Garden. Learn about the toughest plants at Lurie Garden and how they thrive in pollinator-friendly combinations that mimic natural plant communities. Enjoy a bit of the history of Lurie Garden as it grew from a field of gallon-sized plants to a colorful perennial garden in the most visited park in the Midwest.Included in her presentation will be information on the ecological impact of plants, especially native insect association.

Come join us and learn how to create your own pollinator friendly plant communities!

 

 

 

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION:   Hydrangeas are Hot
May
7
5:30 PM17:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Hydrangeas are Hot

6:30pm - Social / 7:00pm - Presentation by Sharon Yiesla, Horticultural Services / 8pm General Meeting

This presentation is given by horticulturist Sharon Yiesla, owner of “Sharon Yiesla, Horticultural Services”.

Sharon Yiesla has been a horticulturist since 1983. Sharon runs her own business, “Sharon Yiesla, Horticultural Services”, through which she delivers gardening presentations. She earned a BS in horticulture from Purdue University and an MS in horticulture from University of Illinois. Her past accomplishments include teaching at Illinois State University, working as a Horticulture Specialist for University Extension in Missouri, working as a Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension in Lake County and teaching classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

 

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Fairy Gardens
Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Fairy Gardens

6:30 pm-Social / 7:00 pm-Presentation by Jan Hanson
8:00 pm-General Meeting

Jan Hanson comes to us from the University of Illinois Extension. She is a Master Gardener since 2007, with gardening experience for over 35 years and specializes in education in art and design.

Within the Master Gardener Program, Jan has offered advice to homeowners while working Help Desks at local libraries and through the Help Line at the Extension office. Jan volunteers at Kline Creek Farm and is an active member of the Speakers Bureau.

Jan's varied interests in gardening include architectural elements in garden design, as well as, garden photography, ponding and water gardening and perennials. Her home has been featured in many garden and pond walks over the last 8 years. She was the recipient of the Village of Bartlett "Pride in Ownership Award" in 2005 and "Pillar of the Community" Award in 2006. In 2010, Jan received a State Outstanding Master Gardener Award and in 2013, a Sustained Excellence Award.

We are delighted to have her as our guest speaker!

 

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GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Succulents
Feb
5
5:30 PM17:30

GENERAL MEETING PRESENTATION: Succulents

  • Meeting at St John Lutheran Church (map)
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6:30 pm-Social / 7:00 pm-Presentation by Greg Stack
8:00 pm-General Meeting

We are please to have Greg Stack, University of Illinois Extension horticulture specialist come speak to us about succulents.

Greg has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in ornamental horticulture from the University of Illinois. He is actively involved in the development of horticulture websites, flower show exhibits, and youth horticulture programs.

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Nov
6
5:30 PM17:30

DGC General Meeting: Propagation presented by Lynn Pisano, DGC Member

DGC General Meeting:  Propagation, presented by Lynn Pisano, DGC Member

6:30 Social

7 pm Presentation followed by general meeting

Lynn Pisano, Darien Garden Club member Propagation Lynn is a former Master Gardener who left the business world in 1998 to pursue her interest in Horticultural Therapy. She has taken numerous horticulture classes at College of DuPage and horticultural therapy seminars at the Chicago Botanic Garden and HT conferences. Lynn was a contract employee for nine years with the Horticultural Therapy Department of the Chicago Botanic Garden, where she conducted onsite activities at schools, assisted living facilities and VA hospitals. She has volunteered with numerous agencies devoting her time and energy to programs serving children and the elderly as well as physically, emotionally and mentally challenged individuals. Lynn loves to flower arrange and enjoys recycling donated funeral flowers into arrangements for those who need some cheer. She recently presented a propagation workshop to children at Willowbrook Corner, amazing the children with the possibility of propagation. Roll up your sleeves, prepare to get your hands dirty, and share in the amazement of propagation.

***Anyone who would like to do a propagation project should bring a medium sized pot to the meeting. All other materials will be provided.***

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Oct
2
5:30 PM17:30

DGC General Meeting: Your Home Landscape: From Basic to Breathtaking with Bulbs! with Laura Christensen

DGC General Meeting:  Your Home Landscape: From Basic to Breathtaking with Bulbs!  presented by Laura Christensen

6:30 pm Social

7:00 pm Presentation followed by General Meeting

Laura Christensen Your Home Landscape: From Basic to Breathtaking with Bulbs! Do you pour over those beautiful bulb catalogs that arrive in your mailbox each spring, but procrastinate about buying some? Do bulbs intimidate you? Bulbs are some of the lowest maintenance, and highest impact plants for your home landscape. Laura will talk about which bulbs are the least susceptible to munching animals, which bulbs live the longest and naturalize, how to plant them, and care for them, and what partner plants to use to help mask the bulbs’ foliage as they die back in the late spring. Don’t wait any longer to incorporate spring bulbs into your home landscape! This is the year to add some ‘Wow’ to your landscaping! Laura is an experienced landscape designer and public speaker. She has her bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin Madison, her Master’s degree in City Planning from Northwestern University and is a 30 year member of The American Society of Landscape Architects. She has had her own landscape design business, Design With Nature, in Wheaton for eight years. Prior to taking time off to raise her three children Laura was the staff landscape architect and a city planner for the Village of Schaumburg, Il. and subsequently a landscape architect and planning consultant for Camiros, Inc. a design consulting firm in Chicago. She is an active member of the Wheaton Garden Club. Laura has been designing and gardening on her own property in Wheaton for 28 years. She greatly enjoys sharing her love of plants and design with others.

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Aug
7
5:30 PM17:30

DGC General Meeting- Who's Who of Owls with Mark Spreyer

DGC General Meeting- Who's Who of Owls presented by Mark Spreyer

6:30 pm Social

7 pm Who's Who of Owls followed by general meeting

To some people, owls are symbols of wisdom but to others their hoots are harbingers of death and doom.  Join award-winning naturalist Mark Spreyer as he reveals the truth about many of our North American owls and other raptors.  Owls' amazing hunting adaptations are explained. Slides and special feathered guests illustrate just who's who!

 

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Jun
5
5:30 PM17:30

Gardening with Native Plants by Jack Pizzo at IPPL

Hosted by Indian Prairie Public Library

Speaker:  Jack Pizzo - "Gardening with Native Plants".

Jack Pizzo- This presentation will discuss gardening with native plants.

6:30 PM - Social

7:00 PM - Presentation begins

Registration begins May 22, 2017.  The program is free, however you do need to register with the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Click Here for the informational flyer.

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May
1
5:30 PM17:30

DGC General Meeting-Don't Squash that Bug! by James Rowan

DGC General meeting- Don't Squash that Bug! presented by James Rowan

6:30 pm Social

7 pm Presetation followed by General meeting

James Rowan - Don't Squash that Bug!

There are over a million species of insects and spiders on the planet with about 25,000 species in Illinois.  In this program we'll meet some of them, learn how to distinguish them and seperate some of the "good guys" from the "bad guys".  James will bring reference note cards that will be available to purchase.

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