2017 Yearbook

The Tri-Village Garden Club

Bartlett, Streamwood, Hanover Park, IL

Founded in 1997

2017 Yearbook


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:

  • Landscape Design
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Soil
  • Horticulture
  • Native Plants and Wildlife
  • Birds and Bees and other Pollenators

Website: www.trivillagegardenclub.org


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

Officers 2017

  • President                      Walter Groble
  • 1st Vice President         Sandy Swenson
  • Treasurer                      Sue Stocks
  • Secretary                      Linda Groble
  • Publicity                        Sue Wells
  • Membership                   Maureen Ernandez

Past Presidents

1997-1999          Valerie Howells               2009-2012         Jill Fox

1999-2009         Bob LaBarre                    2012-2015          Eileen Lucietto

2017 Ad Hoc Committees

  • Bartlett Park Plantings Maintenance          Sue Stocks
  • Christmas Party                                         Kathleen Eddy
  • Earth Day                                                  Eileen Lucietto
  • Field Trips                                                 Members of the Board
  • Historian                                                   Not appointed
  • Benefit Garden Walk                                 Teresita Marzan
  • Plant Sale                                                  Wally Groble
  • Rahlf Woods & Bartlett Library
  • Garden Maintenance                                 Maureen Ernandez
  • Refreshments                                           Maria Sarlin-Dehlin
  • Webmaster                                               Linda Groble
  • Year Book                                                  Linda Groble


  • Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser
  • Every year in May we have a plant sale to help raise funds for our scholarship fund.
  • Participation in Earth Day at the Bartlett Nature Center located in the James “Pate” Phillips State Park. Our club’s table has information about Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators. Milkweed seeds are given to the people who visit our table.
  • Field Trips to Unique Gardens – This summer we took a trip to the Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford. We also visited Wandering Tree Estates located in North Barrington.
  • Benefit Garden Walk – We had six gardens that were open to the public. All gardens with the exception of one were non-member gardens located in Bartlett. This has held as a fund raiser for We Grow Dreams.

Community Projects

Ongoing community service landscaping projects include planting and maintaining gardens at:  Rahlf Woods in Streamwood, Gazebo Garden located in Bartlett Park, Courtyard Garden at the Bartlett Public Library.


  • November 2, 2016        $500 donation towards scholarships to We Grow Dreams. The mission of this organization is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and to train and work in a supportive, safe and caring environment while producing and providing products and services to the community. Their job-training program provides opportunities for individuals (team members) with disabilities to learn a variety of tasks in the day-to-day operation of a wholesale and retail greenhouse business. The mission of this organization fits our Club’s criteria for this donation. The money will be used in part to offer scholarships to some of their team members who are not able to pay the minimum tuition that is charged for this training.
  • November 16, 2016       $100 donation to the Hanover Township Food Pantry. Every year a member of our community in Bartlett allows us to hold our Annual Plant Sale on the grounds of his retail store. He does not charge us and instead asks that we make a donation to the Hanover Township Food Pantry.
  • August 8, 2017             $750 donation to We Grow Dreams. This donation was made with the proceeds of our Benefit Garden Walk.

Meetings 2017

  • January 18, 2017    Craft project with residents of Westbrook Senior Living in Streamwood, IL.   Members assisted the residents of Westbrook Senior Living in making silk flower arrangements for Valentines Day
  • February 15, 2017  “Animal Resistant Gardening”  Presented by Mel Zaloudek.  Zaloudek graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Taxonomic Botany, and served on the Horticulture Faculty of Triton College in River Grove for 20 years.  Location: Poplar Creek Library, 1045 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 6010
  • March 15, 2017   “Landscaping with Curb Appeal”  Presented by Ken Benson.  Ken has his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Horticulture from the University of Illinois, Champaign. He is a Landscape Architect and a founding member of MELA, Midwest Ecological Landscapers Association.  Location: Poplar Creek Library, 1045 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 60107
  • April 15, 2017   “Tree, Shrub and Clematis Planting and Pruning.” Presented by members of the organization SavATree.  Learn the do’s and don’ts of planting and pruning. These simple tips are absolutely essential for healthy trees and shrubs.Location: Poplar Creek Library, 1045 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 60107
  • May 20, 2017   “Divide and Multiply: When to Divide (and How)”  Presented by: Beth Botts.   Botts is a Master Gardener and volunteer tree steward, Botts was formerly a longtime editor and reporter for newspapers including The Chicago Tribune.Location: Poplar Creek Library, 1045 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 60107
  • June 21, 2017   “Your Home Landscape: From Glum to Gorgeous with Groundcovers”Presented by: Laura Christensen.  Christensen is an experienced landscape designer who has been practicing in the Chicago area over the past 34 years. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master’s degree in City Planning from Northwestern. She is a 34 year member of The American Society of Landscape Architects.  Location: Poplar Creek Library, 1045 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 60107
  • July 21, 2017   “Landscaping with Native Plants”  Presented by: David Brooks.  Brooks is a professional naturalist who has given presentations on Illinois natural history and green landscaping to groups of all ages throughout the Chicago area since 1990.  Location: Poplar Creek Library, 1045 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 60107
  • August 16, 2017   “A Walk around the Lake”  Presented by: Kathy and Bob Andrini.  The Andrini’s have been educators their entire working lives. Although recently retired, they are still actively engaged in different forms of teaching nature programs for the St. Charles Park District, organizing and leading field trips for the Kane County Audubon Society, and teaching bird classes at the College of DuPage.  Location:  Poplar Creek Library, 1045 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 60107
  • September 20, 2017   “Fall Color without Burning Bushes”  Presented by: Ed Max.  Max is a certified Naturalist and an arborist and has his own Landscape Design firm. He has 30 years of experience and is very knowledgeable about the beautiful colors of fall.  Location: Poplar Creek Library, 1045 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 60107
  • October 18, 2017   “Putting our Gardens to Bed for the Winter”  Presented by: Bill Karges.  Karges is the staff botanist at Pioneer Garden and Feed in Villa ParkLocation: Poplar Creek Library, 1045 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 60107
  • November 15, 2017   “Composting and Recycling”  Presented by: Kay McKeen.  McKeen works at SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education).  Poplar Creek Library, 1045 S. Park, Streamwood, IL 60107
  • December 6, 2017   Members’ Holiday Party and “White Elephant Gift Exchange”


President:         Nancy L. Hargroves (45th NGC President)

1235 Dover Creek Lane

Manakin Sabot, VA 23103-2532


Theme:                         “Plant America”


Director:       Fran Stueck

5589 22nd Ave Trail

Vinton, IA 52349-9480


Theme:             “Partnering in Planting America”


188 Industrial Drive Suite 120

Elmhurst, IL 60126-1608

Phone 630-617-9269

Web Site:        www.gardenclubsofillinois.org

Email:               gardenclubsill@aol.com

President:         Anita Bierbaum

                         9 Upper Pond Rd.

                         South Barrington, IL 60010-9599


State Treasurer:          Karen Johanson

                                      4 Cambridge Dr

                                      Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047-9206


Theme:             “Plant America: Conserve, Protect, Restore”


  • District I:             Carol Rhodes, 395 Spruce Ln., Crystal Lake
  • District II:           JoAnn Monge, 2628 Nottingham Ct., Naperville 60565
  • District III:         Dorothy Wilson, 3647 Swaney Rd., McNabb 61335-5016
  • District IV:          Judy Stoll, 1463 Harper Dr., Rantoul 61866-3344
  • District V:            Marti Gibson, 25 Danue, Millstadt 62260-2256
  • District VI:          TBA
  • District VII:         Linda Clutts, 8 Clutts Rd., Makanda 62958-2128
  • District VIII:       Josie Barnett, 5021 N. Pin Oak Turn, Bourbonnais 60914
  • District IX:          Carol Ohrn, 2261 Forest Ave., Rolling Meadows 60008

Garden Clubs of Illinois. Inc. – District II Director: JoAnn Monge

District II Meetings

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


  • 4/29/18 – 4/30/18      2018 Convention – Lisle-Naperville Hilton -Naperville, IL
  • 3/19/17 – 3/20/17       2017 Convention – Naperville – Hotel Location TBA
  • 7/17/17                        Summer Meeting – Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, IL
  • 9/26 – 9/27/17            Symposium – South Barrington, IL
  • TBA                              2018 State Flower Show


  • 5/21/18 – 5/24/18       Philadelphia, PA
  • 4/30/19 – 5/2/19         Biloxi, MS (Installation Year)
  • 2020                            TBA
  • 2021                             New Jersey (Installation Year)


  • 9/13-15/17                  St. Louis, MO
  • 9/26-28/18                 Orlando, FL
  • 2019                            St. Louis, MO
  • 2020                            North Dakota
  • 2021                            St. Louis, MO

Central Region annual convention

10/4/17 – 10/5/17        Chula Vista Resort – Wisconsin Dells, WI


Environmental Studies School

  • 6/19-20/17      Course 3, Series 8 – Batavia, IL
  • 10/23-24/17    Course 4 – Stickney, IL

Flower Show School

  • 10/5-7/17        Course 1 – Urbana – Location TBA

Gardening Study School

  • 4/19-20/17 – Course 3, Series 23 – West Chicago, IL
  • 11/7-8/17 –    Course 1, Series 24 – Glen Ellyn, IL

Landscape Design School

  • 4/24-25/17 – Course 1 Series 17 – Glenview, IL
  • 10/30-31/17– Course 2 Series 17 – Glenview, IL


4/28/17                       4/27/18


4/22/17                      4/22/18


6/4-10/17                   6/3-9/18