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SEPTEMBER

September 2
“Growing, Maintaining and Rejuvenating Your Orchids,”
the program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by Donald White, a 30+ year orchid grower. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at door #12. Guests always welcome. Info: 224-723-9088 or jenlukasik@earthlink.net.

September 4
“Floral Designs.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the South Barrington Garden Club. Kathi Rose from Kaleidoscope Florals of Roselle will design and demonstrate four different dried arrangements to be given away in the monthly raffle. South Barrington Tennis Club, 3 Tennis Club Lane, South Barrington. 9 a.m. Info: 847-397-7962.

September 6
“Fall Lawn Care.”
Now is the best time to get your lawn in shape for spring. John Heaton, owner of Knupper Nursery, will discuss how and when to fertilize, disease control, winter preparation, mowing and aerating. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

September 11
"Ask the Master Gardener,"
the program for the monthly meeting of the Des Plaines Garden Club. Features questions by club members with answers by local Master Gardeners followed by a floral arrangement made by the club's “Fun with Flowers” committee.  Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway., Des Plaines.  Lunch at 11 a.m. Bring a sandwich and the hostesses will provide treats.  General meeting  at noon, followed by the program at 1 p.m. Info: 847-296-3457 or www.desplainesgardenclub.com.

September 11 or 13
“Fun with Spring-Blooming Bulbs.”
Learn about old favorites and new varieites. Get some handy planting tips. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 and 2 p.m. on Sept. 13. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

September 13
“Twilight in the Garden,”
the 25th anniversary celebration at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Rockford. Five-course farm-to-table dinner and music by The After 5 Jazz Trio. At 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 5 to 10 p.m. $100. Info: klehm.org/2014/09/twilight.

September 18
“Victory Gardens.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Presented by Kirsten Larson, a master gardener who grew up on a 50-acre organic farm. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 S. Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Guests welcome. Info: 847-359-4253.

September 18
“Natural Areas Management Without Using Pesticides.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. Presented by naturalist Mary Blackmore who has managed natural areas for over 30 years. Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-627-0344.

September 20
Fall Planting Party.
Plant up a colorful fall container garden with pansies, mums, ornamental cabbage and other blooming flowers. Bring in your empty planters to Knupper Nursery and work with their designers to create your own unique container garden. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 10 a.m. Fee is $10 per container (maximum of 2 containers please) plus the cost of plants that you use. Please bring gloves and pruners. Pre-registration required. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

September 20
" Perennials for the Shade,”
a class at Klehm Arboretum. Taught by Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisc. Class at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Free with admission. Info:815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

September 26
Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk.
From 5 to 10 p.m. Stroll the illuminated paths while enjoying an evening wine tasting in the beautiful Fountain Garden at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Twinkling lights, hors d’oeuvres and live music. At 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. 5 to 10 a.m. $20. Info: Info:815-965-8146 or klehm.org.

September 27 
“How to Plant a Tree.”
Attend a demonstration on the right way to plant a tree. Learn secrets for each step of the process from digging the hole and amending the soil to proper watering. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. 10 a.m. Free. Info: 847-359-1080 or knuppernursery.com.

OCTOBER

October 2
“It’s Apple Picking Time.”
A carpool trip to Edwards Orchard in Poplar Grove with the South Barrington Garden Club. Meet at the South Barrington Park District, 3 Tennis Club Lane, South Baerrington. 9 a.m. Lunch at the Cidar Cellar on the grounds. Info: 847-397-7962.

October 7
“Be Green: Embrace the Environmental Floral Design Workshop.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Lake Zurich. Presented by Walter Fedyshyn, a designer who has created notable arrangements for two Presidential inaugurations, FTA national conventions and the Academy Awards. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. 7 p.m. Enter at door #12. Info: 224-723-9088 or jenlukasik@earthlink.net.

October 16
“Shooting Stars: A Prairie Plant with an Attitude.”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones. Presented by Paul Sorensen, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University Department of Biological Sciences. Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-627-0344.

October 16
“Do You Think That Will Fit in My Volvo?”
The program for the monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Inverness. Presented by Beau and Nancy Kimball of Kimball and Bean Architectural and Garden Antiques in Woodstock. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the antiques world and their travel adventures. All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 S. Quentin Road, Palatine. 9:30 a.m. Guests welcome. Info: 847-359-4253.

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