2016 Yearbook

tvgc logo            The Tri-Village Garden Club

Founded in 1997

2016 Yearbook


National Garden Clubs logo                            Garden Clubs of Illinois logo    Central Region National Garden Clubs

The Tri-Village Garden Club was formed in 1997 to fill the need for a garden club in the villages of Bartlett, Hanover Park, and Streamwood, Illinois. We are a member of the Garden Clubs of Illinois and the National Garden Clubs.

We invite you to join us and meet new friends who share your passion for gardening. We hire speakers throughout the year who talk on a variety of subjects, such as general gardening tips, flower arranging, photography in the garden, planting fall bulbs, raising Monarch butterflies, native plants and composting. On occasion, our members participate in craft projects during our monthly meeting. Our annual membership is $18.00.

We also share comradeship by taking field trips to local nurseries, garden walks, shows and other special events. We enjoy our members’ gardens during our annual members’ only garden walk.


Our Beginnings

In 1997, Valerie Howells moved to Streamwood, IL and being an avid gardener, she wanted to join a garden club. After checking the surrounding villages, she realized that there were none in the area. Wanting that connection with other people who loved to garden, she contacted the Garden Clubs of Illinois, and with their guidance she founded the Tri-Village Garden Club which encompasses the villages of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood. The first meeting of the new club was in October 1997 and many who attended are still active.

What we do

Our club meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Our meetings are held at the Poplar Creek Library, 1405 S Park Ave, Streamwood at 7:00 PM. We have speakers at least eight times a year who present a wide variety of topics that cover all possible subjects that would be of interest to a gardener.

Some of our topics include:

  • Environmental Concerns
  • Flower Arranging    
  • Horticulture
  • Landscape Design
  • Native Plants and Wildlife       

Annual Dues are $18.00.

Website: www.trivillagegardenclub.org





  1. Meet & Greet
  2. Program
  3. Call to Order
  4. Minutes Acceptance
  5. Treasurer’s Reports
  6. Committee Reports
  7. New Business
  8. Old Business
  9. Announcements
  10. Adjournment

Officers 2016

  • President                                               Walter Groble
  • 1st Vice President                                  Sandy Swenson
  • 2nd Vice President/Secretary                Linda Groble
  • 3rd Vice President/Treasurer                Susan Stocks
  • Publicity                                                 Sue Wells
  • Membership                                            Patti Loomis

Past Presidents

  • 1997-2003     Valerie Howells
  • 2003-2009     Bob LaBarre
  • 2009-2012      Jill Fox
  • 2012-2015       Eileen Lucietto

2016 Ad Hoc Committees

  • Bartlett Park Plantings Maintenance          Sue Stocks
  • Christmas Party                                         Christina Ligocki &
  •                                                                   Marilyn Perri
  • Earth Day                                                  Eileen Lucietto
  • Field Trips                                                 Members of the Board
  • Historian                                                    Not appointed
  • Members Only Garden Walk                       Maureen Ernandez &
  •                                                                   Julia Olsta
  • Plant Sale                                                  Wally Groble
  • Ralf Woods Garden Maintenance               Maureen Ernandez
  • Refreshments                                            Maria Sarlin-Dehlin
  • Webmaster                                                Linda Groble


  • Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser
  • Participation in Earth Day
  • Field Trips to Unique Gardens
  • Members Only Garden Walk
  • Community Landscaping Projects

Community Service

In addition to our other commitments, new community projects that were undertaken in 2016 were:

  1. Planted a new garden bed at the Bartlett Public Library.
  2. Planted containers at the entrance of Arts in Bartlett.
  3. Maintained a garden bed at Poplar Creek Library.
  4. Participated in a joint program with Arts in Bartlett, the area arts council, with garden photographs and plants in unique containers.
  5. Participated in the Window Box Competition during the Annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show. This was the first time our club entered and we are thrilled to announce that our window box entry placed second among the other garden clubs.

 Our members also plant and maintain gardens at

  • Ralf Woods in Streamwood
  • Bartlett Park District

In addition, our members have created planters at the Claremont Rehabilitation Center and maintained the gardens at Victory Center, an assisted living facility in Bartlett. We also offer an annual horticultural program for residents at one of the three area senior facilities.

Meeting Programs

valentineJanuary 20 

Valentine centerpieces with residents of the Claremont in Hanover Park


appyFebruary 17 – “Get Appy”

Speaker: Karen Sego


hydrangeasMarch 16 – “Hydrangeas”

Speaker: Glenn Grosch


gym shoe containerApril 15 – “Creativity in the Garden: Does creativity elude you?”

Speaker: Carol Cichorski


bee-hiveMay 20 – “World of the Honey Bee”

Speaker: Gregg Walter


Jill fairy gardenJune 15 – “Fairy Gardens”

Speaker: Sandy Perakis


herbsJuly 20 – “Beginner’s Guide to Using Herbs”

Speaker: Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh


hummingbirdAugust 17 – “Hummingbirds: Our Flying Jewels”

Speaker: Nancy Carroll


flowers and butterfliesSeptember 21 – “Who’s that in My Garden?”

Speaker: Jane Grillo


bingoOctober 19 – Members, Bulb Bingo



dirtNovember 16 – “Soils and Composting”

Speaker: Bill Karges


 reindeerDecember 13 Members’ Holiday Party

“White Elephant Gift Exchange”


National Garden Clubs logoNational Garden Clubs

President:         Sandra H Robinson (44rd NGC President)

960 Maple Grove Rd

London, KY 40744-8955


Theme:                         “Leap Into Action”


Central Region National Garden ClubsCentral Region

Director:          Judy Newman

N49W18935 Joetta Dr

Menomonee Falls, WI 53051-6433


Theme:                         “Cultivating Connections”


Garden Clubs of Illinois logo THE GARDEN CLUBS OF ILLINOIS, INC.

188 Industrial Drive Suite 120

Elmhurst, IL 60126-1608

Phone 630-617-9269

Web Site: www.gardenclubsofillinois.org email:gardenclubsill@aol.com

President:                    Laurel DeBoer

421B S Barrington Rd

Wauconda, IL 60084-3486


Theme:                         “Learn, Share & Enjoy”

State Treasurer:          Karen Johanson

4 Cambridge Dr

Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047-9206


Garden Clubs of Illinois. Inc. – District II

Director: Penny O’Neil   [Exp. 2016]

District II Meetings

  • President Forum/Leadership Meeting – 9/6/16
  • District II Program Meeting –                           1/13/17
  • District II Annual Meeting –                             3/17/17


  • 4/24/16 – 4/25/16       2016 Convention – Chicago Marriott
  •                                      Naperville, IL
  • 3/19/17 – 3/20/17       2017 Convention – Naperville – Hotel
  •                                     Location TBA
  • 7/18/16                        Summer Meeting – Cantigny Park
  •                                      Wheaton IL
  • 10/13/16                      Conservation Conference – Plymouth
  •                                     Place, La Grange Park, IL
  • 7/29 – 7/30/16            State Flower Show – Naperville, IL


  • 5/2/16 – 5/7/16 –         87th Annual Convention, Grand Rapids
  •                                     MI
  • 5/17/17 – 5/20/17 –     88th Annual Convention (Installation
  •                                     Year), Richmond, Virginia
  • 5/21/18 – 5/24/18       Philadelphia, PA
  • 4/30/19 – 5/2/19         Biloxi, MS
  • 2020                            TBA
  • 2021                             New Jersey (Installation Year)

 Central Region annual convention

  • 10/17/16 – 10/9/16                  Abraham Lincoln Presidential
  •                                                 Hotel, Springfield, IL






Environmental Studies School

  • 5/10-11/16       Course 2 Illinois Beach State Park – Zion, IL
  • No FALL Environmental Studies School in 2016

Flower Show School

  • No Flower Show School in 2016

Gardening Study School

  • 4/20-21/16 – Course 1 Series 23 – Glen Ellyn
  • 9/27-28/16 – Course 2 Series 23 – Lisle, IL

Landscape Design School

  • 3/28-29/16 – Course 3 Series 16 – Glenview, IL
  • 10/25-26/16 – Course   4 Series 16 – Glenview, IL