What We Do

Since our origination on January 28, 1958, the Lincolnshire Garden Club has endeavored to further the education of members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, botany, landscape design, floral design, conservation of natural resources. Beginning in 1974, the Club initiated an annual charitable giving program which to date has provided $250,000 to the community for projects in community beautification, nature restoration and environmental responsibility.

We have a Biannual Benefit as our primary fundraising event.  On the off years, we hold a smaller event we call The Mini Market.  The funds raised allow our Garden Club to continue our goals of education, beautification and nature protection.  Some of the recipients of our funds are Depke Juvenile Center, Riverside Foundation, Vernon Area Library, Ryerson Woods, local schools and other various entities.

We also conduct Field Trips to local and regional gardens and points of interest, hold workshops to create crafts and garden objects, and participate in activities that assist people in need of gardening assistance. Click the links in the side menu to review pictures from some of our recent Field Trips, Workshops and other group activities.

Our members meet once a month for a program from September - June, which is usually held the third Thursday of the month at the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Station at 9:30 a.m.

Refer to our calendar page for current information.


Our Ongoing Projects

Biannual Benefit

Description:  The Biannual Benefit is the Lincolnshire Garden Club's primary fundraising event.  The funds raised enable the Garden Club to continue its goals of education, beautification and nature protection through our allocations to local community activities. All members are expected to participate in this project through their participation on the committee and their individual donations.

Garden Therapy Program

Description:  This community service project provides hands-on, barrier-free gardening with and for the residents of the Riverside Foundation, a residential facility for developmentally challenged adults.  With the residents we create a beautiful recreation area to relax and visit.  The residents are growing vegetables in their raised beds which encourages residents to eat new foods and reinforces nutrition education.

Nurturing Future Gardeners

Description:    Members of the Garden Club work with the youth housed at the Depke Juvenile Justice Complex.  A new pond has been created, offering new vistas at the site, and hopefully instilling a sense of stewardship and a love of gardening for those who will partake in the pond's creation and maintenance. Click here to see our recent activities.

Plant Education - Identification

Description:  Plant Education - Discuss topics of interest regarding local, national and global concern. Identification - Members may bring in plants which they are trying to identify.  The chairperson, along with other members of the club, will assist the member in identifying the plant, and point out characteristics which aided in their solution.

Plant Display

Description:  Plant Display - An array of seasonally-blooming plants, marked with family, genus, and species; Latin and common names; and identifying characteristics of these plants may be  displayed during the social hour before and after the scheduled program of the day.



Mission Statement

The mission of The Lincolnshire Garden Club is to provide financial support to promote:

  • Community beautification,
  • Nature restoration, and
  • Environmental responsibility,

And to further the education of members and the public in the fields of:

  • Ecology and Conservation,
  • Home Gardening,
  • Horticulture, and
  • Landscape and Floral Design.

Allocations to Our Community - 2015

A large portion of our annual activities are dedicated to the award of charitable grants to organizations in the Lincolnshire area that support education and awareness of gardening and environmental concerns. From 1974 to 2015, the Lincolnshire Garden Club has given close to $250,000 to our community!

The 2015 Recipients were:

1

Conserve Lake County 

$2,000   

2

Lake County Women's Residential Services

$1,000

3

Habitat for Humanity

$1,000

4

U of I Extension

  $880

5

Brushwood 

    $660

6

Green Youth Farm

  $500


Total Allocations

$5,980


Thank you so much to our Allocations Committee for their work in reviewing and selecting this year's awardees.



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