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 Cress Creek Garden Club of Naperville, Inc.
Meetings and Programs

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Regular Agenda

9:30 AM     Social Time
10:00 AM   Business Meeting
11:00 AM   Guest Speaker/Program

12:00 to
1:45 PM      Lunch and Additional                         Social Time

MEETINGS

Monthly meetings are held at the Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton. The November meeting is our major fundraiser named "Make It Bake It." The fundraiser is held at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. 

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE for 2023 - 2024

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September 8, 2023

Blanding’s Turtle Recovery

Location: Arrowhead Golf Club

Stephanie Touzalin of the DuPage Forest Preserve District will educate us on the efforts to restore the rare Blanding’s turtle population to our area. Loss of wetland habitat and predation has greatly impacted their numbers. She will discuss the “head start” program which has hatched more than 4,000 Blanding’s turtles from the wild.

 

October 13, 2023

Who’s Who of Owls

Location: Arrowhead Golf Club

Back by popular demand! Mark Spreyer, Executive Director of Stillman Nature Center, will bring several of his feathered friends to visit us. During his career, Mark has also worked with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, National Audubon Society and Chicago Academy of Sciences. He’s also taught courses for the College of Lake County and Northeastern Illinois University. Recently Mark came out with a book of nature essays titled Natural Digressions, covering everything from wildflowers to owls.

 

December 8, 2023

Taking It Home for the Holidays!

Location: Arrowhead Golf Club

Kathie Rose of Kaleidoscope Floral will guide us in making a festive centerpiece for the holidays! She will provide containers, greens and supplies in a fun interactive program. For those who choose to attend, the cost is $35. Please bring garden gloves and shears (not scissors).

 

January 12, 2024

Ohara Ikebana

Location: Arrowhead Golf Club

E-Ling Lou is an expert in Ohara Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers, branches, leaves and stems as materials in natural works of art. The originator of this school of Ikebana was Ohara Unshin, who set out to imbue the beauty of nature into his works, even studying the fields and mountains of Japan. E-Ling will be sharing a PowerPoint presentation, as well as demonstrating a few arrangements that will then be raffled off.

 

February 9, 2024

Women in Natural History

Location: Arrowhead Golf Club

Kim White, a naturalist and teacher at Brookfield Zoo, will feature many unheralded women in  history. Denied access to traditional fields of study in science, they were able to study, observe, and make significant contributions to our understanding of the natural world!

 

March 8, 2024

Native Plants and Shrubs for Pollinators    

Location: Arrowhead Golf Club

We’ll be joined by Matt Zerby, owner of Wasco Nursery in St. Charles. He’ll be sharing his knowledge of native plants and how they benefit the insect and bird populations around us. He’ll give us suggestions of natives for all types of light and moisture environments. The nursery also has a very active and informative Facebook page complete with helpful videos.

 

April 12, 2024

Growing Orchids Successfully

Location: Arrowhead Golf Club

Don White , owner of Anything Orchids in Frankfort, has been raising orchids for 27 years, and still has his first one, which still flowers yearly! He’s a member of the American Orchid Society, Batavia Orchid Society, and the Illinois Orchid Society. He’ll also be bringing some of the best and easiest to grow plants for purchase, priced at roughly $20-$35.

May 10, 2024

Bee All About It!

Location: Arrowhead Golf Club

Kim Kulton and Pete Soltesz, professional local beekeepers will discuss these elegant and illustrious little creatures. How the colony works as a “super organism” will be discussed as we learn how the queen governs the hive. A live observation hive will be here for viewing. Local raw honey and its products will be available for sale.

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