Programs for September 2019 - Aug 2020


About our Meetings

Approximate Meeting Breakdown:   

  • Social Time - 7 pm

  • Business Meeting - 7:30 pm

  • Program - 8 pm

Meeting Locations

  • For the 2019/2020 year from September through May, general meetings will be in the Buechner Room of the Arlington Heights Village Hall, on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 pm.  The December meeting is a Holiday celebration.

  • June and July meetings are held in members' gardens.  August is the annual picnic at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum.

Buechner Meeting Room

Located on the First floor of Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL  60005


[Free parking located in the Municipal Garage, the Parking Ramp, and the Sigwalt parking lot]

Visit One of Our Meetings

We have monthly presentations by informed guest speakers who cover a wide variety of topics and  experiences.  The public is welcome to visit a meeting as our guest, but please let us know by sending a message to

​Our program chair is constantly seeking new programs and presenters that are of interest to club members.  If you have seen or heard of a presentation that you feel others would enjoy, please let us know.  Please send an email with your information by clicking here

September 23, 2019

Dahlias – Living Fireworks! 

Carol Cichorski 


Carol Cichorski was already garden addicted when she and her husband moved to their small house on a half-acre lot 19 years ago.  She was very much a novice gardener at that time, but much has changed since then.  Carol is now a past president of the Elk Grove Garden Club, quite the gardener and a blogger.  She speaks regularly at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and often manages their seminars on site.


Carol and her husband Mike “found” dahlias 20 years ago and their life has not been the same since.  They plant tubers in their basement in February and grow about 400 plants each year, with 65 of them going to their own garden.  Mike is past president of the Central States Dahlia Society, while Carol loves to share their dahlia passion and let you know how you can grow dahlias too.


October 28, 2019

Going Green in Arlington Heights.

Ashley Karr, Village of Arlington Heights,

Forestry Crew Chief


The Public Works Department maintains all municipally owned property, streets, sidewalks, trees and landscaping, water and sewer systems, buildings and grounds, street lights and traffic signals. The department also provides other necessities of suburban life such as street sweeping, and snow removal and ice control to provide a pleasant and safe environment for the Village’s residents.  They committed to working harder and smarter to continue the high level of service that the residents of Arlington Heights have come to expect and deserve. 


Join us this evening to discuss our community’s “Green” practices for ice removal, the Forestry Tree University, Landscape & Tree Maintenance and the brand-new Turf to Prairie Project!

Please Note:

This October meeting will be held in the Arlene Mulder Community Room on the main floor of the AH Police Department next door to Village Hall at 200 E Sigwalt. 


November 25, 2019

The History of Winter Decorating: Who Started Your Holiday Traditions?

Bev Krams and Holly Petersen

Bev Krams has been a Master Gardener with the No. Cook County District for over 10 years.  She’s received the State’s Outstanding Master Gardener of the Year award and has presented programs for garden clubs, community groups and Master Gardeners.  Her garden has been Conservation@Home certified for native habitat. 

Holly Petersen is a life-long gardener and became a No. Cook County Master Gardener 7 years ago.  She has presented programs for garden clubs, community groups, Master Gardeners and the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Convention this year.  Since 2012 she has led the historic and native garden restoration at the Palatine Historical Society’s Clayson House Museum.  Her garden in Palatine has the Conservation@Home designation.


 This presentation will look at winter traditions originating from the Romans, Greeks, Germans and “Brits”.  Explore how the traditions were brought to American and then influenced out traditional wreaths, trees and flowers. You will be nudged into the holiday spirit with beautiful decorating ideas and will leave with a bountiful list of holiday trivia to share at your family’s holiday table!


December 9, 2019

Garden Club Holiday Party


(Members and guests only)


Please Note:

This is the 2nd Monday of December with a 6:00 pm starting time

Arlington Heights Historical Society

110 West Fremont


Bring an Appetizer, Salad or Dessert to share


Please rsvp to Joe or Marilyn Weber

at the November 25th General Meeting or



January 27, 2020

Keeping Your Evergreens Green!

Brad Buker


Brad Buker is an Arborist representative with Bartlett Tree Experts.  Brad started his career in arboriculture as a Plant Healthcare Technician.  He worked his way through the industry as a Grounds-person, Climber, Crew-leader, Foreman, Sales Arborist and Division Manager.  Brad is a member of the Illinois and Wisconsin chapters of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and is both a Certified Arborist and a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional.  


Join us this evening to learn how to protect your investment in beautiful evergreens, trees and shrubs with pro-active preventative care.  The presentation will cover winter tree and shrub maintenance.  Learn how you can treat your trees and shrubs right, so they will beautify your landscape for years to come!


February 24, 2020

Habitat Makeover: Adding Wildlife Value to Your Landscape

Andy Stahr


Andy Stahr has over a decade of award-winning experience as a design professional, both in the public and private sectors, as well as in the ecological restoration contracting industry.  Andy serves as the Principal Landscape Architect and Ecologist for ecology + vision, LLC.  He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois.


Andy offers a unique perspective on the successful implementation of natural areas into home landscapes.  He will introduce a landscape wildlife value rating tool that can be used to evaluate a landscape’s current wildlife value and to plan for increasing its value through adaptive gardening.

March 23, 2020   

Getting Your Garden Prepared After Winter and Early Blooming Perennials

Erin McHugh

Erin McHugh was born and raised in Southern California and is a third-generation gardener.  She has been gardening for 25 years, with a special interest in heirloom vegetables and perennials.  Erin has an AA in Liberal Arts from Ventura Community College and studied Horticulture for 2 years at Harper College. Before coming to Platt Hill, she worked as the Staff Horticulturist at the Cary Country Club, was in Nursery Sales at Goebbert’s and was the Assistant Manager and Tree and Shrub Manager at City Escape in Garfield Park.  Erin is currently the Perennial Manager and Education and Activities Director at Platt Hill Nursery in Bloomingdale.  


Ready, set, spring into action and learn how to prepare your garden after another Chicago winter!  This presentation will cover what you need to do now to set up your garden for the upcoming growing season.  It will also provide an overview of Spring and early blooming perennials that you may want to consider adding to your home landscape to beautify next spring.


CANCELLED due to Coronavirus shutdown

Take a visual tour of a fabulous 20-acre English style garden and summer estate of Frank Cabot which took him over 75 years to create.  Let him take you through Les Quatre Vents (The Four Winds) which is nestled in the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec and only opened to the public four Saturdays a year.  Come exercise your emotions in the Garden Theatre and see the beauty of his creation.


Sponsored by the AHGC/AHML.

Thursday April 16th 7-8:30pm @ the AHMLibrary

Contingent on library opening

April 27, 2020

Growing Edibles in Containers

Lisa Hilgenberg

Lisa Hilgenberg has vegetable gardening in her blood; her family’s Century Farm Heritage dates to 1881.  As the horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s 4-acre Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden since 2010, Lisa manages a crew of 4 and a team of 25 volunteers in curating, interpreting and caring for a collection of 500 types of edible plants.  She also mentors interns from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture program, Windy City Harvest, students from the College/Science First program and students from the Potager du Roi in Versailles, France.


Learn how to grow edibles in containers and bring fresh produce to your family right from the back patio!

CANCELLED due to Coronavirus shutdown


May 18, 2020

Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels

Meredith Schnelle

Meredith Schnelle earned her BFA from the University of Wisconsin.  She is a Master Gardener, Nature Photographer, Webmaster and Citizen Scientist for Plants of Concern  at the Chicago Botanic Garden.   She has participated in the Antioch Garden Club as President, Vice President, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster and Photographer.


Rain barrels and rain gardens are an effective device to enhance a sustainable landscape.  Rain gardens reduce erosion, filter storm water and are easy to install in a home landscape.  Rain barrels harvest water for later use while moderating runoff.  Find out how to plan and install a rain garden using specifically adapted native plants to harness your water runoff while supporting wildlife and adding beauty to your property.


2020 Garden Walk & Unique Boutique

Sunday, June 28th, 10 am – 4 pm



Summer Meeting

Monday, June 22, 2020    7 pm

If it rains, the meeting is cancelled for the month.


Summer Meetings meet in a member's garden

A picnic signup list will be passed at this meeting


Please bring your lawn chair and mosquito spray!




Driving directions from:


Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S Arlington Heights Rd

Arlington Heights, IL  60005

Summer Meeting

Monday, July 27, 2020   7 pm


If it rains, the meeting is cancelled for the month.


Summer Meetings meet in a member's garden


A picnic signup list will be passed at this meeting


Please bring your lawn chair and mosquito spray!


Location:  TBD



Driving directions from:

Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S Arlington Heights Rd

Arlington Heights, IL  60005


Annual Club Picnic

[Members and guests only]

Monday, August 24, 2020    6 pm


If it rains, the picnic will be held inside the museum


Arlington Heights Historical Society
110 W Fremont St
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Please bring your lawn chair and a salad or dessert to pass around.  Everything else will be provided.


A signup list will be passed at the June and July meetings.


Driving directions from:

Arlington Heights Village Hall

33 S Arlington Heights Rd

Arlington Heights, IL  60005

  1. Depart Village Hall and drive north 0.2 miles on Arlington Heights Rd toward US-14 / E Northwest Hwy.

  2. Cross the railroad tracks and bear left onto US-14 / E Northwest Hwy.

  3. Drive 0.2 miles and turn right onto N Vail Ave.

  4. Drive 0.2 miles and turn left onto W Fremont St.  The Arlington Heights Historical Society is on the right.

  5. Free parking is available in the village lot or on Fremont St.


Arlington Heights Garden Club       Arlington Heights, IL