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Jim Spannagel - President

Beth Ligenza - Vice President

Halina Zbilski - Secretary

Pete Landwehr - Treasurer

2017 - 2022

Master Gardeners


Debbie Borales

Brenda Catardi

Carol Elliott*

Bev Krams

Martin Landwehr

Pete Landwehr

Cyndi Monroe

Terri Passolt

Jim Spannagel

Denise Suender

Fern Plant

About Us


Mrs. Irene Lisec founded the Arlington Heights Garden Club in 1955.  It has grown rapidly in recent years and now has more than 120 members from Arlington Heights and surrounding communities. 

At monthly meetings, knowledgeable speakers offer information and practical advice to both beginning and experienced gardeners.  The Arlington Heights Garden Club has received numerous awards for its contributions to civic beautification.  To encourage the study of horticulturally oriented careers, the Garden Club provides one or more academic and personal development scholarships per year.  An annual Garden Walk funds these Scholarships. For details on general meetings and other events, please see the Events page.  


Guests are always welcome to attend our general meetings.  If you would like to attend a meeting or have any questions, please contact us at

Officers & Committees


Committee Chair Responsibilities

Barbara Franks - Artistic

Plan and coordinate club workshops

Delores Schurman / Mike Relaz - Civics

Further civic beautification in the community and related project, principal responsibilities management of Historical Museum gardens

June Miller - Conservation

Inform and encourage participation in conservation and environmental issues


Karen Reeb / Linda Heller - Garden Walk

Work with Garden Walk committees to organize, plan and coordinate all activities for the Garden Walk and Unique Boutique

Bev Krams - Horticulture 

Update club on any interesting horticultural events and discoveries

Marilyn Weber / Joe Weber - Hospitality

Attend to social duties during the year and obtain a place for the three special summer meetings held in the members’ gardens or special locations

Renie Norkiewicz / Shelley Plischke - Membership

Recruit, welcome and introduce new members and guests at the general meetings, collect dues, process applications, register members for GCI publication, maintain membership list for website and arrange monthly raffle prize for meetings

Mona Frisbie - Newsletter

Compile, publish and distribute monthly newsletter to all members prior to general meetings, incorporating gardening articles and other materials of interest Program.  

Bob Bruett - Plant Sale

Responsible for establishing, planning and coordinating the annual Plant Sale for the club with Board approval

Nancy Asquini-Dean - Programs

It shall be the duty of the Program Chair to obtain a place and a program for each general meeting September through May. The Chair will also assist with informal summer programs.

Connie Landwehr / Lesly Jackson - Publicity

Arrange for publicity to the media keeping the club’s activities and interest before the public.  


Emma Visee / Shelia Coffin - Scholarships

Scholarship Plan, coordinate, review applications, award and administer scholarship to students and members.  There are two types of scholarships, Academic Scholarship to assist local students and Personal Development Awards to encourage gardening and horticultural training to club membership              

Denise Nowak - Website

Develop, manage and maintain the club website and the secure Members' Only information section

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