Monday, October 31, 2016

Going Bats

Thanks to Incredible Bats for visiting us on October 19! We learned how bats eat insects and help in the pollination process. We also got to meet African and Egyptian fruit bats (and their "sister," a skunk named Bella).

Monday, October 3, 2016

An Update from Westmont High School

Environmental Science teacher Lisa Hootman from Westmont High School wrote to thank us for our donation to the school's vegetable garden.

"Last year we harvested over 800 lbs of produce and over 200 lbs were donated to the People's Resource Center."

We are proud of Hootman and her students!

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Summer Evening in the Horne Garden

Thanks to Lynn Horne for hosting a viewing and tour of her garden in early August. Photos courtesy of Annie Jagielski and Irene Hogstrom.

Monday, May 23, 2016

What Have We Been Up To?

In the last few months, we've been busy! We learned to grow sprouts, participated in a garden show, and had a very successful plant sale! Here are some photos. And watch for information about our June meeting.

We staffed a table at the Darien Garden Club 
Spring Gardening Show in April.

Judy Cox showed how to start growing a variety of sprouts 
for eating at our April meeting.

Our May 7 plant sale was successful and well attended!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

May 7 Plant Sale List

Click here for a list of plants that we have ordered for the May 7 Plant Sale. Please note: due to growing conditions, weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, not all plants may  be available on May 7.

Then, join us on Saturday, May 7 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Avenue, Downers Grove. See you there!

Monday, April 4, 2016

April Meeting

The April meeting will take place at 7 PM in the large meeting room of the Downers Grove Public Library on April 20. 

Judy Cox will show how to start growing a variety of sprouts for eating. Judy will bring sprouts she has grown so we can taste them in Nori rolls.

We will also finalize plans for the May 7 plant sale.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Downers Legacy Seed Library Orientation

The Downers Legacy Seed Library will be holding a Seed Saving Orientation on Saturday, April 2, from 9am -11am at Lincoln Center (935 Maple Avenue).  

Vicki Nowicki is the instructor.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Call 630-963-1300 to register. The class registration code is 420011-01 

The orientation will also include a Plant Sale for cool weather vegetables.

If you have questions, please email us at

The Downers Legacy Seed Library is located at the Downers Grove Museum (831 Maple Avenue).  Members of the seed library can check out free heirloom vegetable, flower & herb seeds to grow for their own harvest.  By leaving a few crop plants to go to seed, members collect their own seed for future use and return seed to replenish the library for future gardeners. You become a member by attending a seed library orientation. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Whole Ball of Wax

Marge Trocki, the beekeeper at Lyman Woods, caused quite a buzz during our March meeting when she enlightened us about the Plight of the Honey Bees and how we can help the bee population thrive.

Marge described the basics of beekeeping, and noted some plants that bees use for nectar or pollen (many of our favorites, including coneflower, aster, and Culver's root).

Sunday, February 7, 2016

February Meeting

The February meeting will take place in the large meeting room of the Downers Grove Public Library on February 17. The board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.; the general meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

At February's meeting we will exchange information among members and review/discuss the following:
  • Our membership in the Garden Clubs of Illinois and what it offers to our club
  • Ideas for meeting speakers and field trips
  • Interest in volunteering as a club or more visiting of members' gardens
  • Interest in club board positions
If you haven't already, it is time to renew your Downers Grove Organic Gardeners membership. Attached is a membership form. Your membership dues allow the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners to present speakers at our meetings and support other organizations that enhance the DGOG's mission.