Sunday, November 26, 2017

'Twas the Seasonings at the Spice Merchants

Thanks to Diane from the Spice Merchants for hosting us in November. We learned how to use the herbs we grow in our garden to make condiments such as mustard and chutney.


We do not meet in December, so enjoy the season and look for information about our 2018 meetings in a few weeks.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Members Invited to Spice Merchants on Nov. 15

Our November 15 meeting will be held at the Spice Merchants, 5111 Main St, Downers Grove, at 7 p.m. Store owner Diane will show us how to use some of our herbs in condiments such as mustards and cranberry chutney. You will be able to sample what she makes and will receive the recipes. You can also shop in the store after the demonstration.

NOTE: This is a members only/first event as there is limited space (20 - 25 seats). Members are free. Non members can attend if all spaces are not filled; they will have to pay $20.

You must register by Nov 12. Call Mary Ann Badke at 630-663-0295. If you register but can't attend please call to cancel in case there is a wait list. Also, tell Mary Ann if you have an allergy or other issue.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October Meeting Information -- Please note location!

On Wednesday, October 18, Emily Paster will talk about "Preserving The Harvest." Hear about several food preservation methods as well as about groups in the area that trade preserved foods.   

Join us at 7 p.m. and PLEASE NOTE that the meeting is a at DG Fire Station #2,  5420 Main St. (parking lot/entrance on 55th St.).

Friday, September 22, 2017

Certify Your Garden as a Monarch Waystation

Lets help monarch butterflies and increase the number of waystations as part of the Du Page Monarch Project! 

To certify your garden as a waystation, go to http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/certify.html and fill out the application. Many of us already have milkweed and pollinator plants, and meet the qualifications.

You can also certify your garden as a Pollinator Garden. You can read about that on the Xerces website https://xerces.org/pollinatorhabitatsign/

The Pierce Downer Heritage Alliance will be holding its fall public meeting, featuring Kim White to talk about Monarch butterflies and the DuPage Monarch Project, on October 19, 7:00 PM, Room 503 at the Lincoln Center. The title of the talk will be Mysteries of the Monarch. All are welcome to attend!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Friends of the Edwards House Landmarked House Tour Sept. 23

Member Irene Hogstrom's house is going to be on the Friends of the Edwards House Landmarked House Tour on Saturday, September 23. In addition to the marvelous Hogstrom-Bragen home, two other homes will also give participants a chance to tour their backyards.  (And there is one more house that is a real treat to see inside.) Here is the link for more information and to order tickets: 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Member Garden Visit

Thanks to Pat McGrath for her hospitality at our annual Member Garden Visit. We had a lovely evening in her backyard enjoying her koi pond, native plantings, and vegetables.

Are you a member of DGOG? Click on the membership form on the right side of this page and bring it to a meeting or e-mail to to Carol Morency at midway117@gmail.com.





Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Update: Projects and Events

We've been watching things bloom this summer -- and not just in our backyards!

DGOG took a field trip to The Plant Chicago, a former meatpacking plant that is now an eco-friendly business demonstration project. We learned that The Plant will soon be using an anaerobic digester to break down all types of waste and convert it to energy. The Plant houses a bakery, a brewery, a coffee roaster, and a hydroponic demonstration area, as well as a Farmer's Market.



Hannah's Garden at Puffer School is thriving. It's hard to imagine that Girl Scout Troop 51266 just installed the raised beds last month. A fence, a shed, and an irrigation system using two rain barrels is also in place.


Join us for a members only garden walk at the home of Pat McGrath, 6000 Chase Avenue, from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, August 9.

Watch for information about our Harvest Festival at our September meeting.