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: Lucky Monk

             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


Slide Presentation


Glenn Grosch

A colorful and fact-filled presentation on successfully growing hydrangeas in the Chicago area. Each of six species will be covered as to hardiness, light requirements, and moisture needs. The issues of how to prune for flower display and how to manage the blue/pink will be discussed in clear detail. This very popular presentation is “one of a kind” in the Chicago area.


An experienced horticulturist and entertaining lecturer with strong academic credentials, Glenn has been on the Chicago Botanic Garden teaching staff since 1997 and has been offering programs through the Garden Clubs of Illinois since 1999. He has been a certified arborist. His presentations have a high educational content with an emphasis on understanding both the “why and the how” – yet remain fast paced.

Lunch:  Pinstripes

              100 W. Higgins Road

              South Barrington, IL

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April 7


Make It and Take It

"Spring Floral Arrangement"

Peggy Garvin

Enjoy the fresh floral arrangement you make during this program or simply watch others participating.  The cost per person will be approximately $25 per person.  Registration is required.


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. She has been teaching floral design classes for 28 years.

Lunch: Georgio's

             100 W. Higgins Road

             South Barrington, IL


May 5


PowerPoint Presentation

“Herbs and Veggies”

Presented by Barbara Collins


Learn how to grow the most popular vegetables and herbs with ease. Then add in some of the new and unusual ones. Whether you are planting in the ornamental garden or growing them for culinary purposes, Barb will inspire you.


Barb earned a master’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and is the published author of two books: Landscaping Herbs and Professional Interior Plantscaping.  Grow the most popular vegetables and herbs with ease. Then add in some of the new and unusual ones. Whether you are planting in the ornamental garden or growing them for culinary purposes, Barb will inspire us.

if you choose to participate

  Back by popular demand, we will be making

Lunch: Mago Grill & Cantina

             100 W. Higgins Road

             South Barrington, IL

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Thanks to the Men's & Women's

Garden Club of Minneapolis

for this photo!

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June 2



“Preparing Your Plants for a Flower Show”

Presented by an accredited Flower Show Judge

SBGC Fundraiser Final Touches


Members bring cuttings from their garden or house plants and an accredited judge will give hints on how to prepare an entry for the upcoming State Flower Show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens on August 5 - 6, 2022.


Following this short program, we will put the finishing touches on preparations for our fundraiser which is scheduled for June 18, 2022.

Lunch: Eggology Cafe

             100 W. Higgins Road

             South Barrington, IL

July 7


Bus Trip

Rotary Botanical Gardens

1455 Palmer Drive

Janesville, Wisconsin

Meet at 8:45 am - Bus leaves at 9:00 am


Travel in air conditioned comfort to Janesville, WI. There is a $7 entrance fee and a minimal fee for the bus.


Rotary Botanical Gardens is a non-profit, award-winning botanical showcase, located on 20-acres in the heart of Janesville, Wisconsin. Their awe-inspiring landscapes and gardens are a vibrant and welcoming host to an estimated 100,000 visitors each year. Supported solely by donations, the Gardens receive no tax dollars.

The Gardens occupy the site of an abandoned sand and gravel quarry. In 1988, the original site between was covered with debris and used as storage for the Parks Department and a BMX bicycle racetrack.


The Gardens’ founder and original visionary, retired orthodontist, Dr. Robert Yahr, approached the two Rotary Clubs in Janesville and inquired about their interest in developing a botanical garden for the community to enjoy. Both clubs agreed to this service project. Dr. Yahr’s original idea was to clean up the pond and surrounding area as a club project, but his imagination began to soar and the result was an ambitious new project for Janesville Rotarians.

Click link below to view  the gardens on youtube

Lunch: TBD

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new program


August 4



Platt Hill Nursery

1400 Randall Road

Carpentersville, IL

Meet at the Park District at 9:00 am


Meet at the Park District or meet us at Platt Hill Nursery for a presentation by one of their horticulturalists.  Enjoy shopping for some wonderful items for your home and garden.  Check out their website using the link below.


September 1



Cantigny Park and Gardens

15151 Winfield Road

Wheaton, IL

Meet at the Park District at 9:00 am


Meet at the Park District or meet us at Cantigny for a tour of the gardens.  Since our last visit, Cantigny has initiated a major renovation of their gardens.  Cantigny 's mission is to promote the beauty, enjoyment and education of horticulture and to protect our natural environment. 

Cantigny has one of the largest display gardens in the Midwest with more that 160,000 annuals, perennials, ground covers and flowering shrubs and trees.  The majority of the plant seen throughout the gardens are estate-grown inside Cantigny's renowned greenhouse.  We will be treated to a tour of this facility.


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October 6



Hawthorn Gardens

24481 N. Old McHenry Road

Hawthorn Woods, IL

"Fall Workshop"

Meet at the Park District at 9:00 am


Meet at the Park District or meet us at Hawthorn Gardens.  Enjoy shopping and creating your own fall decoration.  Cost for this workshop will be between $20 and $25.  Due to the rising cost of flowers, we will give exact price closer to the event.

Lunch: TBD

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November 3

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 1

Member Holiday Party

Details to follow


Please check back for further information.