At the February meeting of the McHenry Garden Club, Don White, owner and operator of Anything Orchids, showed us how easy it can be to grow these blooming beauties.
The 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.
Do 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….
- Click here to download the donation ticket to your computer, then print it out.
- Go to Panera and order whatever you would like.
- 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!
The 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.
Our 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.
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
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
McHenry group has grown over 10 years of existence
McHENRY – Filling the empty yard of her Emerald Drive house became Jackie Homa’s project.
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.”
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.”
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.
From 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.
Marilyn 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.