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January 2021

Annual Business Meeting

January 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First Street
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 United States
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The New Year begins with our Annual Business Meeting. Agenda items include election of officers, review of 2020 activities, upcoming events for 2021 (including our popular Annual Flower and Plant Sale in May), and decisions on where to direct our charitable donations. The Bloomingdale Garden Club has now celebrated 57 years together. Started in April of 1963 by seven ardent gardeners and neighbors, the Club has grown considerably throughout its history, and today’s members enjoy exciting programs and speakers, workshops and field…

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March 2021

Victory Gardens

March 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First Street
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 United States
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Nina Koziol, adjunct faculty at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Morton Arboretum, and long-time garden writer, will present wonderful background information on gardening history. It's a look at Americans during the world wars. In 1917, food shortages caused rioting in New York City. President Woodrow Wilson called Americans to grow their own food and thus the first "war gardens" were born. During WWII the name was changed to Victory Gardens.

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April 2021

Pre-Sale Order Deadline April 15, 2021

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 United States
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Click on website link below to download the 2021 PRE-SALE ORDER FORM Submit an Order and Save Money at Pre-Sale Prices! NOTE: ORDER IS DUE by APRIL 15TH, 2021 (No Exceptions Please) Payment must accompany order and made payable to: Bloomingdale Garden Club (See form for details to send in order.) Pre-Sale Orders can be picked-up Friday, May 14th (9 AM to 6 PM) and Saturday, May 15th (9 AM to 5 PM) During that time you may want to shop for additional plants, but they will be at…

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Flower & Plant Sale Prep Meeting

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First Street
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 United States
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Get comfortable and make new friends with snacks and a drink while we make announcements about upcoming events. Then we'll get down to the business of preparing for our Annual Flower & Plant Sale which will be on May 14th and 15th. This very popular event will fund all of our charitable endeavors, Club programs and activities. Visitors are welcome. Social time and announcements begin at 6:15 PM. Programs start at 7:00 PM at Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First…

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May 2021

2021 Annual Flower & Plant Sale

May 14 @ 9:00 am - May 15 @ 5:00 pm
Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 United States
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DATES AND HOURS: FRIDAY, MAY 14TH, from 9 AM to 6 PM  SATURDAY, MAY 15TH, from 9 AM to 5 PM LOCATION: Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building 259 Springfield Drive, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 (North End of Springfield Park between Schick Road and Lake Street) FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: bloomingdalegardenclub@gmail.com FEATURING: Flats of 48 colorful flowers Premium 10” & 12" Hanging Baskets Geraniums & Accent Plants Proven Winners & Specialty Annuals Vegetables & Herbs Cannas, Grasses, Tropicals & Tuts Perennials from…

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Five Ways to Preserve the Harvest

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First Street
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 United States
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In this interactive presentation, food blogger and cookbook author Emily Paster will cover five ways to preserve your garden harvest from canning to freezing to drying and root-cellaring. Emily will offer an in-depth description of water-bath canning, a versatile and accessible method of home food preservation suitable for many common fruits and vegetables grown in home and community gardens. You will also walk away with Emily’s “Freezer Cheat Sheet” which demystifies the process and benefits of freezing local and home-grown…

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June 2021

Attracting and Raising Monarch Butterflies

June 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First Street
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 United States
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Every garden club should have someone raising Monarchs, Bob Erlich will show us how. His powerpoint presentation will educate and inspire us as he details the lifecycle of the Monarch and shows how easy it is to turn our gardens into a sanctuary. He will bring free Milkweed seeds and plants depending on their availability. Bob has lectured since 2009 at Chicago area garden clubs. He is a volunteer at Oak Lawn Park District Monarch Festival and designs Monarch Way…

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July 2021

Butterfly Gardening

July 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First Street
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 United States
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Dolly Foster is a landscape horticulturist, master gardener, certified arborist, and avid butterfly gardener. Her garden at home is a Monarch Way Station where she raises Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies. At our meeting, Dolly will talk about host plants that will attract butterflies, and show us how to plan a garden that will provide food and cover for caterpillars. She will also talk about the caterpillar/butterfly lifecycle. This is an integral part of planning a butterfly garden. Residential butterfly gardens…

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August 2021

The Tallgrass Prairie: Illinois’ Original Garden

August 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First Street
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 United States
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Cindy Crosby is an author, Master Gardener, natural history instructor, and former wilderness ranger with the National Park Service. She is a current steward supervisor for the Schulenberg Prairie at the Morton Arboretum and also at the Nachusa Grasslands (a Nature Conservancy site with bison in Franklin Grove). Illinois' nickname is "The Prairie State." Listen to stories of the history of the tallgrass prairie as you discover its amazing plants and creatures—from birds to bison. Discover plants that work well…

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September 2021

Dahlias, Living Fireworks!

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First Street
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 United States
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Mike and Carol Cichorski ‘found’ dahlias 18 years ago and their lives have not been the same since. Each year in February they plant tubers in their basement and grow about 300 plants. About 65 of these go into their own garden. Carol is a a blogger at www.OhWhatA.com and speaks regularly at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Mike is past president of the Central States Dahlia Society. He will share their dahlia passion and tell us how we…

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