Various work projects are done and donations are made by the McHenry Garden Club to the city of McHenry to beautify our community.

 

September 2023

A beautification project was done by The McHenry Garden Club at the Riverwalk at Miller Point in McHenry.  New shops had been built and opened there.  With flowers and supplies from the City of McHenry, club members planted pots to beautify the area in front of the shops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May through July 2023

A beautification project was done by The McHenry Garden Club at the McHenry Post Office.  A landscaped area in front of the main entrance had been neglected for some time and required a major makeover.

The work was done on multiple “workdays” by various club members as follows.  First the area was cleaned out-weeds and old evergreens removed.  Cardboard was put down to prevent weeds.  Some bushes that would remain were trimmed/shaped.  A load of new dirt was added.  New landscape planting was done, including groundcovers-sedum and lamium, hydrangeas, Bluestem grasses, daises, coralbells, and daylilies.  Lastly mulch was put down.  A small area in the parking lot was also improved.

The Club received a lot of help from Susan, the Post Office custodian.  Also 3 landscape businesses in McHenry donated supplies (dirt and plants) to us for this project.

 

 

 

2023 Arbor Day

From left: Traudl Koeberlein, Marge Richardson, Carol Haske, Marita Sension, Mike Harper, Jean Schiller, Diane Boedecker, Diane Stilling, Lorraine Medford

The 2023 Arbor Day Program was at McHenry City Hall on April 28th, 2023.  It was attended by some of the McHenry Garden Club Members.  The program was conducted by Mark Harper, Arborist for the City of McHenry.

At the program our Club was again recognized as a donor of a tree to the city of McHenry. This year a White Oak was donated and was planted at Peterson Farm. This tree is to honor Marita Sension, the founder of our club back in 2004.  There will be a brick along with the tree noting her name.

 

 

 

June 2022

An outdoor garden has been created at the Northwestern Hospital Cancer Center in McHenry.  This outdoor garden is there for use by patients and their loved ones.   Some of the plants included in the garden were donated to the hospital by McHenry Garden Club members, from their own gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022 Arbor Day

From Left: Diane Cook, Carol Haske, Wanda Comein, Judy Walter, Arborist Mike Harper, Marita Sension, Jean Schiller, Traudl Koeberlein, Diane Boedecker

McHenry Garden Club members attended the 2022 Arbor Day Program at McHenry City Hall on April 29th, 2022.  It was great to celebrate Arbor Day again, since the City Hall celebration did not happen for the past 2 years due to COVID-19.

The program was conducted by Mark Harper, Arborist for the City of McHenry.  The McHenry Garden Club donated a sugar maple tree which will be planted at Peterson Farm, along with a brick noting our donation.

 

 

 

 

 

May 2020

To honor and recognize essential workers during the COVID-19 virus, McHenry Garden Club members made heart decorations and put them at two Fire Stations in McHenry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Arbor Day

From left: Jane Thomas, Diane Boedecker Jean Schiller, Arborist Mark Harper, Marita Sension, Holly Bauernsmith, Traudl Koeberlein, Jackie Homa

McHenry Garden Club members attended the 2019 Arbor Day Program at McHenry City Hall on April 26th, 2019.  The program was conducted by Mark Harper, Arborist for the City of McHenry.  The McHenry Garden Club donated a Honey Locust tree in memory of member Jeanne Smith.  The tree will be planted at Peterson Farm.