The McHenry Garden Club held the Garden Clubs of Illinois District 1 Fall Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday, October 13, 2011. The event was held at the McHenry Country Club and enjoyed by all who attended. Jennifer Brennan of the Chalet Nursery and Garden Shop presented a wonderful array of arrangements and provided a wealth of information.
The McHenry Garden Club held its September meeting at the home of Guy and Pat Inman in Woodstock, who have a beautiful property incorporating wooded acres and large wetlands as well as a native and wildflower preservation area. Pat is a mycologist (mushroom cultivator) and explained how she grows different species in the woods around their home.
The McHenry Garden Club promoted the City of McHenry’s 175th Birthday with a three tiered birthday cake on the grounds at the McHenry County Fair and received a premium first-place award in the open class competition. Each entry had to include a vegetable, perennial, annual and herb plants in a themed garden space. Wayne Kreutzer built the three tiered planter for the club. Amy and Wayne Kreutzer, Judy Walter, Dorothy Kowalczyk, Chris Metz and her son Michael planted the garden.
The McHenry Garden Club hosted it’s Summer program at the McHenry Library on July 7, 2011, with the Children’s program on the life cycle of the butterfly and it’s favorite meals. Joyce Matuszewich, member and Master Gardner, explained the process of Metamorphosis showing the four stages in the life of an insect’s cycle. Children planted milk weed seeds, zinnia, dill, and a snapdragon flower to take home. Jane Thomas illustrated the parts of the butterfly and guided the children’s drawings in their art work to take home. Assisting with the project was librarian and member, Sharon Borland, along with members Marita Sension, Dorothy Kowalczyk, Pat Schafer, and Jean Schiller.
The McHenry Garden Club held its first Garden Walk on Saturday June 25, 2011. Attendees were permitted to enjoy hand selected properties in the surrounding McHenry area, some of whom were past Garden of the Month winners. Our locations featured unique designs of plants, flowers, shrubs and many varieties of trees. We all gained some great ideas from different varieties of flowers, planting arrangements, or just enjoy the beauty of what has been created so tastefully by others. Walkers spoke with the property owners to ask questions or gain further insights on gardening tips from their first-hand experiences.
Petersen Farm was our 6th property. The historic farmstead is under the protection of the McHenry Landmark Commission and the City of McHenry that is being restored as part of the Petersen family heritage and will create a living museum of 19th and 20th century farm life. The Garden Club has begun landscaping the farmhouse with flowers and shrubs that represent the 19th century, and has assisted in planting the farm’s vegetable garden. We had a beautiful day and many positive comments about the gardens and the walk. We have three homeowners that would like their yards in our next garden walk.
Not including all the members who helped to get Peterson Farm looking great we had 18 members helping at the garden walk. The Garden Club took pictures of the beautiful gardens and got to meet with the enthusiastic owners. This was a great experience for our club as sharing gardening is what it’s all about!
McHenry Garden Club members toured the gardens of Tom and Brenda Dahlfors for their June meeting. The Dahlfors’ property covers 14 acres, and has been lovingly landscaped over the past 20+ years. Brenda guided MGC members on paths that showcased several of the beautiful and unique areas of the property.
The McHenry Garden Club held their May meeting and enjoyed a presentation given by Heather Moister, Herbaceous Department Manager,at The Barn Nursery in Cary. She presented a program on “All about Roses.” Members learned of the types of roses, rose terms, care, fertilizing,winter protection, pruning, and their companion plants.
The McHenry Garden Club participated in the City of McHenry’s Arbor Day ceremony on April 29th. A Star Magnolia tree was donated by the family of Ellen Saunders and the garden club in her memory. A plaque will be set beside the Magnolia to pay tribute to Saunders, one of the original founders of the McHenry Garden Club. The garden club also donated a Sugar Maple tree. The trees were planted at the City-owned Petersen Farm on McCullom Lake Road for all to enjoy.
McHenry Garden Club held its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 17. Carissa Troia of Bumblebee Acres in Harvard discussed her Fiber Farm which harvests luxurious fibers from their alpacas and other animals. Carissa and her daughters Samantha and Sarah explained how this fiber is turned from raw fibers into finished goods and used in arts and crafts.
Mary Baltys, of Mary’s Flower’s and Gifts, brought in a variety of fresh cut flowers for vase arranging to the McHenry Garden Club’s January meeting.
She explained the different characteristics of flowers and how to assemble them in many different sized vases in order to create beautiful bouquets.