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.
Speaker – June 19, 2019
Invite Nature into your Yard
Conservation @ Home program is all about creating more eco-friendly yards! The “typical” yard can easily be improved to help reduce water run-off, increase wildlife habitat, and improve the soil. The benefits of improving the environment are many including, reducing your water use, creating more area for birds and butterflies, reducing chemical use, less lawn mowing, and learning about invasive species that may need to be controlled in your yard. This education program will cover a variety of techniques for transforming your yard, including the use of Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and the selection and use of native plants to solve yard problems. Native plants grow naturally and need no watering or fertilizers once established. Native plants thrive on their own and do well, even during drought conditions. Their deep roots hold the soil, allow water to filter down deep into the ground where it belongs and, because they “evolved” here, they attract dozens of species of beneficial wildlife such as butterflies and songbirds.
July 13, 2019
July 17, 2019
For the Love of Lavender
Maggie Smith is from Nettle Creek Lavender Farm which is a small family-owned and operated farm in Morris, Illinois. They handcraft a wide variety of products with lavender and other herbs that are gown locally on their farm.
August 21, 2019
Wildlife in our Neighborhoods
Jeff Rapp is a Senior Naturalist at Crabtree Nature Preserve, Cook County Forest Preserve. He will speak about Wildlife in our Neighborhoods. Crabtree is one of our closer nature preserves, and they have 3 miles of paths for hiking, 3 huge outdoor flight cages for a turkey vulture, a red-tailed hawk, and a great horned owl. The building houses a wildlife museum.
September 18, 2019
Dahlias – Living Fireworks
Carol and her husband, Mike, found dahlias 19 years ago and their lives have not been the same since. Mike is now a past president of Central States Dahlia Society. They plant tubers in their basement in February and grow several hundred plants for their yard and Garden club sales. Carol would love to let you know how you can grow dahlias too.
October 16, 2019
Poisonous Plants & Venomous Animals
Kevin is a retired DuPage County Forest Preserve Naturalist. His program is amusing and very informative. Kevin is very personable and has a wealth of information acquired over his many years as a naturalist for DuPage County.