Monday, June 12, 2017

Brunch at Ball Gardens Returns Saturday, July 15

Once again, the DuPage Friends of Extension have the honor of extending you an invitation to our annual summer fundraiser – Brunch at Ball Gardens.  Join us on Saturday, July 15, 2017 for an afternoon of delicious food, good people, and an enjoyable time.  

Relax in the beautiful gardens of Ball Horticulture at 622 Town Rd., West Chicago, IL.  Master Gardeners from the Extension are available to guide you through the gardens.  Or, if you prefer a self-guided tour, please feel free to roam.  Meet new friends and share with existing ones. Just a wonderful way to enjoy and relax with Mother Nature and a wonderful way to support your community educational programs provided by the University of Illinois Extension.

The Extension needs your help to continue its successful outreach to the community, including the 4-H Youth Development Program and the Master Gardeners work with the DuPage Convalescent Home, young adults with disabilities at We Grow Dreams, Veterans at Cantigny, and patients and families at Ronald McDonald House, along with schools and groups like DGOG. 

Our communities in and around DuPage County need these programs.  They are critical to positive thinking and positive living.  With no State funding, and reduction in funding from other agencies, lay-offs and program reduction stands by the Extension door.  You can make a difference!

(Thanks to our friend Marilyn Joyner for this invitation!)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Learning about the Lurie with Laura

Thanks so much to our April speaker, Laura Ekasetya, the director of the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, for talking about the development of and sustainability practices at the garden. Did you know that the Lurie Garden is actually a green roof? Things are blooming there now, and they also have a range of programs, so make sure you stop there sometime this summer.

Monday, March 20, 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Plant Sale is May 6!

Our yearly plant sale is set for 9 AM-1 PM Saturday, May 6 at Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Avenue, Downers Grove.

If you can place flyers in your neighborhood, workplace, or other places, here is a link to a PDF document.

We'll have vegetables, herbs, and native perennials. Watch here for a list of plants we've ordered.

Soon, we'll be putting out the call for volunteers. Check here and your e-mail and get involved!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March Meeting Cancelled, Movie Viewing Registration

The March meeting of the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners has been rescheduled to coincide with the Wild Ones showing of Hometown Habitat: The Meadow Project at the Downers Grove Public Library on Saturday, March 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Use this link to register for the program:

Information about the movie:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Meeting News

Thanks to garden expert and Tribune writer Beth Botts for an enlightening and informative talk on how climate change is affecting our backyards and gardens. Beth addressed many topics that we've all probably wondered about, such as how changing temperatures affect both plants and wildlife, and what we can do to cope with changes.

The March meeting of the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners has been rescheduled to coincide with the Wild Ones showing of Hometown Habitat: The Meadow Project at the Downers Grove Public Library on Saturday, March 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Information about the Wild Ones March 18th program:

Information about the movie:

You will have to register for this event. We will provide you with a link when registration is available.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tribune Garden Writer Talks Climate Change at February Meeting

We are excited to have Beth Botts as our speaker on Wednesday, February 15, at 7 p.m. at the Downers Grove Public Library. The topic will be "How Climate Change Affects Our Gardening Practices." Botts is a writer who contributes articles to the Chicago Tribune.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January Meeting: Let's Get Set for 2017!

Welcome 2017 at the first Downers Grove Organic Gardeners meeting of the year at 7 PM January 18 at the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss Street. 

This will be more of a social time for members meet-and-greet and get a head start on the 2017 season. 

Do you have ideas for programs or speakers?  Do you have seeds, seed catalogs, or gardening books to share?  Bring your thoughts and more to this meeting!