Club Meetings


Come join us at 7 PM second Wednesday of the month.

Our next meeting is on June 14th, 2017.

At every club meeting, following the club’s monthly business, a presentation is given by a gardening professional or horticulture expert.  Guests are welcome at meetings and invited to come early for refreshments and socializing.


Spring Valley
1111 East Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194
Get Directions  847-985-2100


Here is a sampling of past speakers:

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh, owner of “Backyard Patch”(, has a passion for growing for more than 20 years now. Her speciality is fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs for cooking, tea, and bath – and they are all home-grown and hand-blended.  Her presentation was on “Body Beautiful” – taking what you grow in your garden and creating herbal creations for the bath and skin.

Laura Christensen, Landscape Architect.  Laura had shown examples of her work and dazzled us with residential images of before and after shots.   Laura’s homepage:

Liz Holmberg, Owner of Lizzie’s Garden, spoke on the topic of Hypertufas as well as what succulants to plant into the hypertufas and glass terrariums.  She was fabulous.  Check out her greenhouse and nursery @ Lizzie’s Garden, Naperville, IL. 


Shawn Odeal, Owner of Root 66 in Brookfield,  spoke on the topic of Hydroponics and Vertical Gardening.  Check out his passion at

Root 66 Garden Shop - Aquaponics, Hydroponics, and Living Walls

Ms. Barb Wilson, Plant Monitor for over 15 years at the Lake in the Hills fen, 500 acres of unspoiled native Illinois landscape.

Fens are rare; a type of wetland fed by mineral-rich springs. The spring water stays a constant 50 degrees, so streams flow year-round, supporting an unusual assortment of plants and animals adapted to these steady, alkaline conditions. 

Please visit the fen’s website for more information,