Co-Presidents Jean Schiller and Judy Walter at Peterson Farm

Historic Peterson Farm in McCullom Lake is a project the McHenry Garden Club took on several years ago. The house and barn purchased in 1998 by the City of McHenry was surrounded with weeds and a few wildflowers. The club hired a landscaper to dig around the house and barn as it hadn’t been touched for many years. Members proceeded to plant flowers donated from their gardens and additional purchases were made to fill in.  Two Gardens on the property have been established.

The Landmark Commission started “Peterson Farm City Day” for the public.  It is on the last Sunday in June every year.

Each June in the weeks before Farm Day, Garden Club members weed and plant new flowers around the Peterson house.


Peterson Farm Day – June 2019

Children making a Cow Mask at the McHenry Garden Club tent


This year’s Farm Day celebrated Dairy Month and children visiting our tent were able to sit at a table and make a cow mask.  There was also a “Cow Chair photo spot” for children to sit on with the masks they had made.  There was a table displaying the steps in the process to make compost, the farmer’s best friend.





Making their Cow Masks



The Cow Chair was a big hit to take photos

McHenry Garden Club members at Farm Day