​​Garden Club of Inverness

2017 -2018 Programs

September 21, 2017
Let’s talk dirt! Gardener’s Story Swap!
Club member and Master Gardener, Anne Priest, has offered to moderate the first meeting of this year.
Bring your success stories and your not so successful stories. Find out what other members found to work and not work! Did you fall in love with a new annual, perennial, shrub or tree this season? How did your tomatoes and other veggies produce this summer? What are you planning to try next year? Did you discover a new favorite recipe or ingredient? If you have a favorite plant or flower, bring it, or a photo to share. If there is one thing gardeners like to share besides plants, it is sharing their “story”! Come prepared to pick the brains of our talented gardeners and chefs!
This meeting will be casual with plenty of time to chat and visit. 


October 19, 2017
Glenn Grosch: Growing Hydrangeas in Northern Illinois

A colorful and fact-filled presentation on successfully growing hydrangeas in the Chicago area. Each of six species will be covered as to hardiness, light requirements, and moisture needs. The issues of how to prune for flower display and how to manage the blue/pink will be discussed in clear detail. This popular presentation is “one of a kind” in the Chicago area.
An experienced horticulturist and entertaining lecturer with strong academic credentials, Glenn has served on the Chicago Botanic Garden teaching staff since 1997 and has been offering
programs through the Garden Clubs of Illinois since 1999. He has been a certified arborist. His presentations have a high educational content with an emphasis on understanding both the “why and the how” – yet remain fast paced.

November 16, 2017
Walter Fedyshyn: Tablescapes- Tables for Two to Twenty Guests

Discussion and demonstration will focus on how to build dynamic table top displays, using items from one’s home, fit for any size dinner gathering. Kitchen and dining room accessories will be combined to add dimension to dinner party décor and centerpieces from petite to full size. Glassware, vases, candles and one-of-a-kind treasures join to make your “table scape” the talk of the evening!
International Design School Instructor. Floral Designer of the Year. Published Designer & Lecturer. Walter started life with a fascination of gardening as a child growing up in Pittsburgh. He attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh studying art & interior design and was inducted into the prestigious organization American Institute of Floral Designers “AIFD” in 1988, home to the top floral designers throughout the world. He has served as National President of AIFD and as a member of their board of Directors from 2002 – 2010. Walter has designed for two Presidential Inaugurations, FTD National Conventions, art museums & the celebrated annual Academy Awards. He has been a featured designer at several AIFD symposiums and local & state floral conventions. Having been accepted into the Professional Communicator’s International “PFCI” for his excellence in educating the public on floral designing.

January 18, 2018
Penny O’Brien from Hawthorne Gardens: Fairy Gardening

Penny O’Brien’s presentation will include tips on choosing the best containers for making a Fairy Garden. From starting construction, to design, different types of plants and their care, accessory options and how to celebrate different holidays with fairy accessories.
Penny has done Fairy Gardens for her granddaughter, and I know you will enjoy her presentation and her charming energy! The completed Fairy Garden will be raffled off to attending members.

February 15, 2018
Mark Spreyer: WHO'S WHO of OWLS

To some people, owls are symbols of wisdom but, to others, their hoots are harbingers of death and doom. Join award-winning naturalist Mark Spreyer as he reveals the truth about many of our North American owls and other raptors. Owls' amazing hunting adaptations are explained. Slides and special feathered guests illustrate just who's who!
Stillman Nature Center's Executive Director, Mark Spreyer, has been bringing owls to school classes, garden clubs, wildlife conferences, and other groups for nearly twenty-five years. In recent years, the Stillman Nature Center has expanded its collection of permanently injured raptors.
Mark Spreyer did his graduate work in Minnesota on great gray owls and then went on to organize and direct Chicago’s peregrine falcon release program. In early 1995, after completing work on a 5,000 square-foot raptor exhibit with the Science Museum of Minnesota, Mark migrated back to Illinois to become Executive Director of the Stillman Nature Center in Barrington. His articles on birds of prey have appeared in various publications including Birder's World. During his career, Mark has worked with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, National Audubon Society, and College of Lake County. Mark was awarded G.C.I.’s Presidential Citation for the many classes he has taught for the Environmental Studies School.

March 15, 2018
Master Gardner Colleen Graudins on Container Gardening

Not sure what is involved with potting up a container? Attend a Power Point presentation providing some Do's and Don'ts to increase your chances of success. Discussion regarding types of containers, soil, maintenance, and the variety of plant material that home gardeners should consider when planning their 2018 gardens will be offered by Colleen Graudins
As a Master Gardener, Colleen has worked with school children in planting natives in a "secret" garden, assisted a Park District in identifying and clearing a Memorial Park of invasive weeds, given gardening presentations to Clubs and Public Libraries, and currently volunteers in the Production Greenhouses at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In 2006, Colleen was one of the recipients of the State of Illinois Outstanding Master Gardener's Award by the University of Illinois Extension. As a Master Naturalist, Colleen volunteers with the Cook County Forest Preserves, primarily at River Trail Nature Center.

April 19, 2018

Mike Nowak: NEW! Everything You Know About Gardening Is Wrong: Myths, Misinformation and Well-Meant but Inaccurate Advice from Mom, the Intertubes and Beyond

Gardeners are generally trusting souls...which can sometimes land them in a heap of trouble. For instance, a neighbor offers you a plant and says, “You’ll really like this.” When the plant covers your garage and holds your dog hostage, you wonder if it was such a good idea. Mike will walk you through some common misconceptions about plants, gardening remedies and even insects and why you need to check your sources before you grab your shovel. If you fail to laugh at least once during his presentation, it is because the surgeon accident- ally removed your humor instead of your humerus. (You would be surprised how often that happens.)
Mike Nowak has spent 20 years talking about gardening, the environment, and green living on Chicago radio. In January, The Mike Nowak Show moved to 1590 AM (WCGO) where it airs on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Some of you might remember Mike from WGN Radio, WCPT 820 AM, and even Que4 Radio. For two seasons, he was co-host of the local gardening and food TV program “Dig In Chicago.” His award-winning column has appeared on the inside back page of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine since 2003. In 2014, he released his book, Attack of the Killer Asparagus and Other Lessons Not Learned in the Garden, based on those CGM columns. Mike co-founded the Midwest Ecological Landscape
Alliance (MELA) and served as MELA’s president for four years. He is an Illinois Master Gardener and an Openlands TreeKeeper, a current board member of the Illinois Recycling Association, and past president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, where he served on the board for more than a decade. You can find more at www.mikenowak.net.