The Wheaton Garden Club presents “Fairytale Flowers”, a standard flower show on October 6th and 7th at the Wheaton Public Library. Floral designs, created by Wheaton Garden Club members, reflect the following themes: The Snow Queen, The Wee Folk, The Moon Flower, The Dragon’s Lair and Dinner at the Cottage in the Woods.
The Horticultural Display, “Gardens, Where Fairies Dance”, will exhibit a large variety of specimens of shrubs, trees, flowers, and plants from Wheaton Garden Club members’ gardens. Special exhibits will focus on Prairie Plants of the Midwest, Butterflies in the Garden, Native Bees, Monarch Garden Way Stations and the Wheaton Garden Club Pollinator Garden.
Fairytale Flowers is open to the public on Thursday, October 6th from 12:30 – 9:00 pm and on Friday October 7th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Wheaton Garden Club members will be available to provide information and answer your questions. Wheaton Public Library is located at 225 N. Cross St, Wheaton.
Please visit wheatongardenclub.org for additional information about the Wheaton Garden Club.
The theme for this year’s Earth Day, on April 22nd, is invest in our planet. We ask you to invest in our planet by planting native plants this spring. Native plants are adapted to our local environmental conditions and as such, require less maintenance, less water, and no fertilizers or pesticides. In addition to adding beauty to our gardens, native plants attract local wildlife and support pollinators like birds, butterflies and bees.
If you want to help save monarch butterflies, plant one or more varieties of milkweed. If you love birds, plant natives such as golden alexander or purple coneflower to attract the beneficial insects that baby birds eat. If you want to plant a tree that has a significant positive impact on the environment, plant an oak tree. Oak trees support more life-forms than any other trees in North America.
There are many native plant sales in our area, staffed by knowledgeable gardeners, to help you with your questions and decisions. In addition, their website plant listings contain helpful information on sun exposure needs and whether they attract butterflies, birds, bees, etc.
Please note that plant pick-up is one day only. If you cannot pick-up your plants on that day, please arrange for someone else to pick them up for you. The Wheaton Garden Club cannot be responsible for the condition of plants not picked up on May 20th.
What’s New This Year:
Our plant supplier has added a Bright Scarlet Geranium to our options.
We’ve added some new plants in the 4.5” size, including some new Coleus options.
And, we’ve expanded our Specialty Offerings.
Our supplier is growing more of the plants that sold out last year, which will reduce the need for substitutions.
In the event that certain items are not available, our supplier will let us know by May 1st, and will suggest substitutions. If your order is affected by this, we will contact you and give you the option of accepting the substitution or removing the unavailable item from your order.
Unfortunately, like everything else, plant prices have gone up, and you will notice an increase in prices for some items.
We have a new plant pick-up location – 504 Hamilton Drive. This is on the south side of Wheaton in the High Knob subdivision.
Wheaton Garden Club members planted a pollinator garden at Seven Gables Park in Wheaton in the spring of 2021. The pollinator garden has been certified as a Monarch Waystation with Monarch Watch. Continuing volunteer efforts of the from the https://clickatree.com/ in maintaining the garden has resulted in many compliments by members of the community as they walk past the garden.
Another new project for the Garden Club was the participation of five members in the Monarch Watch Calendar Project. These members tracked the number of Monarchs seen in their garden for designated time periods in the summer.
Seven members have their gardens certified as a Monarch Waystation.
Our upcoming February 2022 Garden Club meeting will be on Magnificent Monarchs, presented by a Wheaton Garden Club member.
The Wheaton Garden Club is hosting a flower and plant sale on Saturday May 15th. The event will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at 0N650 Coventry Drive in Wheaton. The sale will feature professionally grown annuals many of which are Proven Winners. Summer favorites available for purchase include a variety of begonias, coleus and petunias, as well as some hard to find specialty plants.
Proceeds support area community organizations and scholarships for College of DuPage horticulture students. Organizations supported include The Cosley Zoo Foundation, Illinois Prairie Path and Willowbrook Wildlife Center.
The garden club will be accepting cash or check payments. If you have questions, please email the Garden Club at firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Wheaton Garden club celebrates its 95th year, we are proud to announce that we are the recipients of two awards from the Garden Clubs of Illinois. The Wheaton Garden Club has won first Place in the Gloria Greene Advanced Designer Award and second place in the Planting for Pollinators Award.
The Gloria Greene Advanced Designer Award was based on the flower design workshop held for members in anticipation of the Wheaton Garden Club’s Flower Show in October 2019. Three members created designs, which were then judged by another member who is an experienced flower show judge. Seventeen members participated and left the workshop with helpful design information and an increase in confidence. I think that this quote from the award application best describes the workshop outcome: “… to paraphrase the television commercial for VISA, ‘peace of mind obtained for new members—PRICELESS’ ”.
The Planting for Pollinators Award recognized the efforts of the Wheaton Garden Cub in promoting Monarch Waystations. To date, five members have been recognized for creating Monarch Waystations and five other members have planted milkweed, a vital food source for monarch caterpillars, in their gardens. . In addition, the Monarch Project committee created an educational display at the Wheaton Garden Club “Pollinator Power” Flower Show on the importance of growing milkweed for monarchs.