October Garden of the Month

2014-October-Garden-of-the-Month-MGCThe McHenry Garden Club selected Marcin and Edyta Greczek’s garden at 6818 Homestead as October’s Garden of the Month. A colorful combination of summer and fall annuals and perennials incorporated into the landscape of ornamental trees and shrubbery. The creative garden is accented with fall decorations and was developed over the past seven years.

Dec. 4th Fundraser with Panera Bread

homepage-c5-cycle1-dinner01.desktopDo join us at Panera Bread, 1711 N. Richmond Rd. in McHenry on December 4th to help us raise money for our scholarship program and other civic activities!

It’s as easy as one, two, three….

  1. Click here to download the donation ticket to your computer, then print it out.
  2. Go to Panera and order whatever you would like.
  3. When paying for your order give the cashier the ticket.

Panera will donate to our club 10-20% of what you purchase to the McHenry Garden Club. Your participation would be a tremendous help. Hope to see you there!

September Garden of the Month

septgomThe McHenry Garden Club Garden of the Month committee awarded the home of Betsy Meyer, 2416 Orchard Beach, McHenry for its  September garden. The garden is full of life  with Cleo-me/Spider plants adding a splash of color along with Oak Leaf hydrangea. All the decorative touches in the garden make for a lovely place to be.

July Garden of the Month

The McHenry Garden Club’s July Garden of the Month belongs to Debbie Hoffmann at 1311 N. Eastwood in McHenry. Debbie has a large corner lot and has many gardens.  She is not only a gardener, she is an artist as her gardens are creative arrangements.


June Garden of the Month

June2014GOMOur June 21054 Garden of the Month belongs to Tom Walter and Ellen Michael at 4612 Sussex. As you enter the enchanted garden you will pass a tree called “Fringe Tree” which is amazing! On your left is a “Corkscrew Willow” and a “Weeping Pea” and many more. The back yard features over 250 varieties of hostas and 13 different Japanese Maples. Ellen keeps a Excel file with all additions to her garden. Congrats Ellen & Tom for being selected for your amazing work in your garden.

Arbor Day

On April 25th  in the City Council Chambers, Tom Schmidt, Superintendent
of Forestry, hosted the 31st Year anniversary of Arbor Day in McHenry .
Mayor Sue Low read the Arbor Day resolution honoring  McHenry’s 20th year as
a tree city community.  The McHenry Garden Club along with other tree donors
were recognized.

Pictured from  left Garden Club members: Dorothy Kowalczyk, Joyce
Matuszewich, Judy Walter, Mayor Sue Low, Superintendent Tom Schmidt, Jean
Schiller, Jackie Homa, Diane Waltmire.

Garden Club Marks Milestone

Northwest Herald - McHenry County, Illinois, news and video

Garden club marks milestone

McHenry group has grown over 10 years of existence

McHENRY – Filling the empty yard of her Emerald Drive house became Jackie Homa’s project.

x8a67acnocd1rg9qmrflu8jhjnayzmgm.pagespeed.ic.YfcyD5JthnShe planted all sorts of plants, gravitating to weeping trees, shrubbery with unusual shapes and flowering trees and bushes. Two islands were built along the Fox Lake and filled with more plants.

Then in October she came home and found a little letter on her door.

It was from the McHenry Garden Club, which had chosen her yard as its garden of the month.

“I was absolutely thrilled,” Homa said. “It was just so nice for me to think that these people who are garden experts like our yard.”

Two signs went up in her yard – one on the street side and one on the river – and Homa decided to join the McHenry Garden Club, something she had thought about doing before but never thought she was qualified for, and now serves on the committee that picks future garden of the month winners.

“I’ve really enjoyed it so far,” she said. “I look at it as a place to learn because I am certainly not an expert.”

9ptt5hp6acbfufrwkjmh5q3xxvt8zlsOver the 10 years the garden club has existed, it has grown beyond its monthly meetings, during which guest speakers tackle different topics.

Its members plant and maintain the vegetable gardens and other landscaping at Petersen Farm, club President Judy Walter said. A lot of the bushes around the house came from members’ gardens.

They also maintain some of the landscaping at city parks, in particular around the entrance signs.

They landscaped and built four raised beds for a vegetable garden for the veterans housed at New Horizons transitional living facility in Hebron, showing them how to plant, what to plant and what to watch for, Walter said.

They also put together flower arrangements to take over to the hospice patients at Alden Terrace of McHenry each month.

They host educational programs at the McHenry Public Library and donate books, mostly on gardening, to the library.

But as a former high school math teacher, Walter’s favorite is the two to four scholarships they provide each year to McHenry students majoring in horticulture.

“It feels like this club goes overboard gardenwise to benefit the community,” said Walter, who joined in 2008, a couple of years after she moved to McHenry.

The club is a “wonderful mixture of women,” both young and old.

“We are not – I repeat we are not – old ladies sitting around eating crumpets,” Walter said. “We get our hands dirty.”

Club Celebrates 10th Anniversary

On March 13, the McHenry Garden Club marked their 10th Anniversary with a celebration at the McHenry Country Club. The club has been actively supporting many causes such as scholarships, beautification projects, various garden educational presentations, building and furnishing raised gardens for Veterans in Hebron, hospice flowers, providing gardens and landscaping at city owned Peterson Farm & other community service events. This has been Supported by two fundraisers a year, The Container Garden Gala in the spring and the Holiday Floral Show in the winter. Nurseries and florists have generously supported us with their time and flower & plant donations.

2014Nurseries&FloristsFrom Left:  Joyce Diedrich & John Diedrich, Locker’s Flowers Greenhouses and
Gifts, McHenry, Gwen Van Steen, Gardens of Woodstock, John Regan, The
Twisted Stem, Crystal Lake,  Shirley Colsant & Renee Blitek, Renee’s of
Ridgefield, Karen Wheeler, Theresa Harms, Autumn Harms, Harms Farm, McHenry,
Jennifer Hunt, Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery, David Miller, The Twisted
Stem, Heather Moister, The Barn Nursery & Landscape Center, Cary.

2014ChapelHillFloristsMarilyn Wisniewshi and Linda Mahoney, Chapel Hill Florist of McHenry.

Former and present club presidents: Jean A. Schiller, 2010-2012; Barbara Patterson, 2006-2008; Sue Bourassa, 2008-2010; Marita Sension, 2004-2006; Judy Walter 2012-2014; and Mary Napolitano, 2012-2014.