Programs and Events

 

Twin City Garden Club meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign, IL, (corner of Prospect and Devonshire), unless otherwise noted in calendar.  Parking for our meetings is in the back parking lot of the church.  Enter through the door marked "Office".

2020-2021 Calendar

September 15, 2020

Note: This meeting will be held at 1 pm via Zoom.  Details will be sent to club members prior to the meeting.

Program —Planting tips for tubers, corms, and rhizomes

Presenter: Becky Prathers

Becky is a Master Gardener who works with the University of Illinois Extension in the compost section of the IDEA garden.  She also teaches at Parkland College. Her expertise will help us learn more about the basics of planting tubers, corms, and rhizomes.

October 19-22, 2020

Central Region Annual Convention, Essenhaus Inn, Middlebury, IN

 

October 20, 2020

Note: This meeting will be held at 1 pm via Zoom.  Details will be sent to club members prior to the meeting.

Program- Heirloom tomatoes

Presenter: Sean Williams

Sean cultivates heirloom tomatoes. He runs the Central Illinois Heirlooms organization. Central Illinois Heirlooms focuses on dwarf and heirloom tomato varieties to help people become more familiar with our lost collective heritage in regard to heirloom plants. His goal is to preserve lost varieties and introduce them to the public in the form of plants/seedlings. Sean will be speaking to us about tomato care and the importance of heirlooms.

 

November 17, 2020

Note: This meeting will be held at 1 pm via Zoom.  Details will be sent to club members prior to the meeting.

Program- Native Gardening for wildlife in the Fall

Presenter: Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson is Graduate Research Assistant in a Rare Plant Conservation lab at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign. Her focus is managing rare and threatened plants and habitat. Her knowledge of native plants and animals will help us understand the relationships of wildlife and interconnectedness in our gardens. She will also discuss how to prepare the garden to help wildlife over the cold months.

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Note: This meeting will be held at Noon via Zoom.  Details will be sent to club members prior to the meeting.

Join us for a holiday meeting that will include crafts and recipe sharing. Guests are welcome!

 

January 19, 2021

Note: This meeting will be held at 1 pm via Zoom.  Details will be sent to club members prior to the meeting.

Program- Bonsai
Presenter: Phil Nixon, President of the Bonsai Society of Central Illinois. 
Learn about bonsai history and types plus how to start and maintain a bonsai including pruning, wiring, styling, soils, potting, and placement.  Phil Nixon will demonstrate how to start a nursery plant on its bonsai journey.

 

February 16, 2021 

Note: This meeting will be held at 1 pm via Zoom.  Details will be sent to club members prior to the meeting.

Program — Gardening Tool Favorites
Members are asked to bring their favorite garden tool, if able. Each person will get a few moments to talk about why they like it and how to properly use it.

March 16, 2021

Note: This meeting will be held at 1 pm via Zoom.  Details will be sent to club members prior to the meeting.
Program- Japanese Gardens and Ikebana

Presenter: Susan Haney

Susan has studied the art of Japanese flower arranging (ikebana) in Kyoto, Japan over a dozen times.  Ikenobo, Susan's school, has a written history of over 550 years and is the oldest school of ikebana.  Susan is now enrolled in the Ikenobo Central Training Institute in Kyoto, Japan, which trains all the top professors.  She has won a Tachibana Award for her work there.  She teaches and demonstrates throughout the Midwest and will demonstrate the art of ikebana for wintertime.  If weather or public health concerns impact the meeting, she will offer a zoom slide show presentation instead.

 

April 18, 2021

GCI Annual Convention will be held via Zoom. Additional information will be shared with club members before the event.

April 20, 2021
Note: This meeting will be held at 1 pm via Zoom.  Details will be sent to club members prior to the meeting.

Program—Monarchs

Presenter: Mike Skreiner

Mike has been interested in gardening since a boy in Australia, planting Eucalyptus trees and other things. He has lived in Champaign since 1999, and retired here from a career in Engineering, Management and Consulting. He became deeply interested in Illinois native plants and the plight of our pollinating insects, principally the Monarch Butterfly. The drastic population decline of the Monarch is seen by many as a harbinger of looming environmental issues of great concern confronting us today. He will talk about all that, the importance of milkweed, the life cycle of that truly unique, amazing butterfly, its drastic decline, and what he is doing about it.

May 1, 2021

PLANT SALE

8 am - noon, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect, Champaign

May 16-22, 2021

National Garden Clubs Convention-- CANCELLED

May 18, 2021

Note: This meeting will be held at noon via Zoom.  Details will be sent to club members prior to the meeting.

Installation of Officers will be held at this meeting.

June 15, 2021

Club Picnic
Noon, location to be announced.

Box lunches will be provided. Guests welcome!

July 26, 2021

GCI Virtual Summer Meeting, 10:00 am
There will be a brief business meeting followed by a short video taking us on a tour of the Lincoln Memorial Garden in Springfield, supported since the beginning by The Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. The program will follow. Presented by SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education), this environmental non-profit will inspire us to take action to care for our natural resources.

Flower Arrangement

Floral Design

Unique to Twin City Garden Club is our instruction in both floral design and preparing horticulture specimens for exhibiting in flower shows.  Flower arranging classes for 2020-2021 will be an exciting year for our flower arrangers as they improve their abilities to select appropriate containers and design styles. Everyone is welcome to attend these classes. 

Plant Sale

Visit us from 8 am to noon on Saturday, May 1, 2021, for our annual plant sale.  Perennials, herbs, and much more – all dug from member gardens!

Sale is held in the parking lot in front of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Avenue, Champaign, IL.

Plant Selection