Members of the public are welcome to attend any of our programs.  For more information, send us a message from our contact page.


All programs begin or are held at the South Barrington Park District

on the tennis club side unless noted below.

5 Tennis Club Lane

South Barrington

Programs Through April were held virtually this year.

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Woodland Phlox

May 6

Wildflower Identification Walk

Stillman Nature Center

33 Penny Road

South Barrington

9:30 am

Mark Spryer lead us on a leisurely walk through part of the center to identify spring wildflowers.  See pictures of some below. We also saw the wonderful birds of prey in their mews.  There is a beautiful Snowy Owl who lost part of her wing due to a collision with an airplane at O'Hare in addition to several others.

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White Trilliium

Celandine Wood Poppy

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Jack in the Pulpit

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June 3

Bus Trip

Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Road

Rockford, IL

We are connecting with the South Barrington Park District on this trip. Sign up through them. Contact them at 847-381-7515 to sign up.  The cost is $26 for South Barrington residents and $28 for non residents.  If we fill the van, there is an option to car pool and meet up at the gardens but we must know if you are coming so that we can arrange for guides.

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July 1

Tour Member's Garden

59 Covered Bridge Road

South Barrington

10:00 am

Join us for a get together at Antonina Barkauskas's garden.  Antonina has recently moved back to South Barrington and is in a new house.  See her lovely pond with great fish and enjoy the beginnings of her wonderful garden.


As there is construction on her street, please consider carpooling. 


August 5

Tour of Smart Farm Gardens

Smart Farm of Barrington
490 W. Illinois Rte 22, Barrington

Car Pool at the Park District at 9:00 am

or meet us there.

We were led on a tour of the vegetable area and meet with the farm manager Chris Cubberly, he discussed some of the farming practices that he is using in this area.  Then we toured the permaculture area where they are working to implement conservation practices to restore the soil and natural plant life. 

Smart Farm of Barrington is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization whose mission is two-fold: to grow fresh produce for our neighbors in need and to be an educational resource on sustainable gardening practices and healthy eating.

Lunch: TBD

September 2

Annual Business Meeting


Plant Swap

Members each bring one plant from your garden to share (we won't object if you purchase one.)  Be prepared to tell us something about the care and placement.

We will begin to collect dues for next year at this meeting.

Lunch: Lucky Monk


October 7

PowerPoint Presentation

Loren Nagey

Save a Tree, Inc.

"Flowering & Ornamental Trees"

Special Trees need special care. Learn about selection, placement, timing and proper pruning for theses stars of your landscape.

Lunch: Pinstripes

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November 4

Annual Meeting

Election of Officers

Join us in making adorable snowmen

centerpieces for a local nursing home!


Lunch: Coopers Hawk

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December 2

Member Holiday Party

Details to follow


Please check back for further information.

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Members of the public are welcome to attend any of our programs.  For more information, send us a message from our contact page.


Meetings begin at 9:30 am with a program to follow.

All events begin or are held at the South Barrington Park District

on the tennis club side unless noted below.

5 Tennis Club Lane

South Barrington, IL

January 6


PowerPoint Presentation

"Creativity in the Garden"

by Carol Chicorski


Carol speaks regularly for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and often manages their seminars on-site during the show. She has been published in Chicagoland Gardening Magazine and is past president of the Elk Grove Village Garden Club.

An exciting collection of gardening favorites from oh-so-many gardeners. Favorites from local pros and celebs – everyone from the director of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show to Chicago Botanic Garden experts and more. This presentation is from the 2017 Chicago Flower and Garden Show.

Lunch: Eggology

             100 W. Higgins Road

             South Barrington, IL

February 3



"Tips for the Lazy Gardener"

by Cindy Tyley

Cindy is the owner of Carriage House Garden Design by Cindy Tyley. She has a certificate in landscape design and is a member of Landscape Design Association and the Western Springs Garden Club.


Discover useful ways to save time, energy and money while gardening. This show and tell presentation demonstrates tips for both indoor and outdoor gardening throughout the year.

Lunch: Claim Jumpers

             20610Sutton Road

             Hoffman Estates, IL

March 3



"Sensory Gardens"

Jane Grillo

Janie has a BS in biology from SUNY at Fredonia (1975) and is certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides. She is in her 11th year at Midwest Groundcovers wholesale nursery of St. Charles, IL and was employed for 8 years at The Natural Garden formerly also of St. Charles.


The beauty and fragrance of flowers may stir something in a gardener’s soul. But there is so much more in the landscape that can stimulate the senses. Learn what plants and features you can add to your garden to enhance your gardening experience. We’ll also look at just a few tips to consider as we garden into our golden years.

Lunch:  Georgio's

              100 W. Higgins Road

              South Barrington, IL

April 7


Make It and Take It

"Spring Floral Arrangement"

Peggy Garvin

Peggy has been a florist for over 40 years and has owned Garvin Gardens since 1985. Garvin Gardens does flowers for weddings, parties, funerals and special occasions. Peggy also does interior plantscaping and some gardening projects. Peggy has been teaching floral design classes for 28 years


Enjoy the fresh floral arrangement you make during this program or simply watch others participating.  The cost per person will be approximately $20 per person.  As fresh floral prices are rising all the time we will have a final price closer to the date.  You will need to bring pruners and or gloves.