Daily Herald

April 11, 2020

 Arlington Heights Garden Club

keeps village in full bloom

 

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Arlington Heights Garden Club members help plant the Pollinator Garden at Lake Arlington. The club donated $3,500 to the Arlington Heights Park District to fund the project. Pictured, from left, are: Diane Culhane, Eileen Owens, Leslie Meredith, Pete Landwehr, Renie Norkiewicz, Jim Spannagel, Marilyn Weber, Joe Weber, Danielle Sent and Mary Jo Pederson. (Courtesy of Arlington Heights Garden Club)

                         

What do you get when you combine a small amount of creative ideas, 80 pairs of hands, a few strong backs and flexible knees, enthusiasm and a generous spirit of community service?

A successful garden club! Submitted by Clara Stone, Arlington Heights Garden Club    

The Arlington Heights Park District received a $3,500 donation and "labor" from the Arlington Heights Garden Club to create a butterfly garden at Lake Arlington. In addition, the Village of Arlington Heights received a $3,500 donation to beautify the southeast entrance of town with a native garden.

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Past President Kathy Hendricksen plants a linden tree in honor of Arbor Day 2019 at Windsor School. - Courtesy of Arlington Heights Garden Club

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Thom Kraak and Diane Bolash worked with a Scout Eagle Project @ the Arlington Heights Historical Museum.

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Gilbert Krohn, Arlington Heights Garden Club president from 1964-66, is pictured in 1961 in the Daily Herald as president of the Arlington Heights Beautification Council. - Courtesy of Arlington Heights Garden Club

Gilbert Krohn, Arlington Heights Garden Club president from 1964-66, was one of the founding members of the Village of Arlington Heights Beautification Council. Garden club members worked with the council to landscape the north side of the railroad tracks. 

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Arlington Heights Garden Club President Jim Spannagel and Historian Bev Krams with the Memorial Krohn Stone at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum. The Krohn family donated $5,000 in 2018 to the club in gratitude for the memorial restoration. - Courtesy of Arlington Heights Garden Club

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At the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights Garden Club members decorate the holiday tree. Pictured, from left, first row: Danielle Sent, Renie Norkiewicz, Shelley Plischke, Leslie Meredith and Jim Spannagel; second row: Aileen Koeppen and Mike Relaz; third row: Dale Craig, Kathy Wolan, Barb Scullion and Pat Dennehey.

- Courtesy of Arlington Heights Garden Club

With the goal of serving the community, the Arlington Heights Garden Club assists the Arlington Heights Memorial Library by donating gardening books, sponsoring garden workshops and decorating a holiday tree each December. Josephine Perez coordinates the Holiday Tree Project each year, also decorating holiday trees at the village hall and the Arlington Heights Senior Center for the community to enjoy.

Planters at the Arlington Heights Senior Center are filled in with annuals by Halina Zblinski, Marty Landwehr, Shelley Plischke and Pete Landwehr. - Courtesy of Arlington Heights Garden Club
 

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Arlington Heights Garden Club members marched in the 2019 Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade, handing out 2,600 flower seed packets donated by JULIE, Inc.. - Courtesy of Arlington Heights Garden Club

Arlington Heights Garden Club plantings can be seen at American Legion Post 208 and the Arlington Heights Post Office.

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During a previous Arlington Heights Garden Club Plant Sale there were more than 1,200 plants from members' gardens for sale. - Courtesy of Arlington Heights Garden Club

Major fundraisers for the year involve a plant sale featuring plants from members' gardens and a Garden Walk & Unique Boutique. The Garden Walk, with Kathy Hendricksen in charge, had more than 400 visitors in 2019. The Plant Sale, coordinated by Pete Landwehr and Jim Spannagel, is held the first Saturday of the Arlington Heights Farmers Market.

 

The Arlington Heights Garden Club awards scholarships to qualifying students every year. Mike Dennehey coordinates the scholarships. To date, $55,000 in scholarship money has been given out. The Wendy Landwehr Memorial Scholarship was first awarded in 2018.

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Marty and Wendy Landwehr presented their garden at the 2017 Garden Walk