Speakers – 2020

Our meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Our speakers begin at 6:30 until 7:30. Our club’s business meeting immediately follows our speaker. We meet at the Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood located at 1405 S, Park Avenue in Streamwood, IL 60107.

February 19, 2020

Mike Nowak

Everything You Know About Gardening is Wrong: Myths, Mis-information and Well Meant but Inaccurate.

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Mike Nowak is a Master Gardener, Openlands Treekeeper and past president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition.   His award winning column, Dig in Chicago, has appeared in Chicagoland Magazine since 2003.  He will walk us through some common misconceptions about plants, gardening remedies and even insects and why you need to check your sources before you grab your shovel.

March 18, 2020

Mel Zaloudek

Indoor Gardening

Mel received his bachelor’s degree in taxonomic botany from Eastern Illinois University and served on the horticulture faculty of Triton College for 20 years.  He will tell us how to cheer up our living spaces with happy and healthy houseplants. You can enjoy watching them grow and even flower, all the while replenishing vital indoor humidity for your own health benefit.  Let’s brighten up our homes during our long winters!

April 15, 2020

James Rowan

Remnants of the Illinois Wilderness

Jim received his degree in natural science from Northeastern Illinois University and has been associated with North Park Village Nature Center in Chicago, Northwestern University and the Ft. Dearborn Audubon Society.  His program explores some of the remaining forests, prairies and wetlands in Illinois and surveys many of the wildflowers and animal life still to be found.

May 20, 2020

Kim White

Biomimicry: Looking to Nature to Solve Today’s Problems

Kim will show us many examples of when science and technology looked t nature to solve complex problems.  For example, what does a bur have in common with NASA?  A kingfisher with a high-speed train?  Come to see this fascinating power point presentation.