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".

2022-2023 Calendar

September 20, 2022

1 pm. Classroom in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Program—Randolph Street Community Garden

Presenter: Dawn Blackman

The origin of Randolph Street Community Garden goes back to spring of 2004 when Master Gardeners of the University of Illinois Extension Service initiated a community gardening project north of the newly built Stratton School. The Master Gardeners invited the neighborhood residents to partake of this initiative and allocated patches of garden beds to interested individuals. Dawn Blackman of the Motherlands Culture Club seized upon this opportunity to connect the children in
her program directly to agriculture. 

NGC Goal: Youth Education and Horticulture

October 16-18, 2022
Central Region Annual Convention, Bloomington, MN

October 18, 2022

1 pm. Classroom in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Program—Daylilies

Presenter: Rod Kroemer
5-Acre Farm Daylilies specializes in presenting to garden guests more than 750 varieties of Northern-hardy daylilies. Rod Kroemer and Jim Wuersch hybridize and present their own newly created, home-grown daylily hybrids every year, along with various cultivars.
NGC Goal: Horticulture

November 15, 2022

1 pm. Classroom in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Program—Make and Take Holiday Wreaths from Illinois Willows

Presenter: Kent Miles
In the fall of 1999 Kent Miles (a.k.a. Mr. Willows) purchased a corn field with the dream of growing fresh-cut flowers and woody ornamentals for the direct to consumer and wholesale customers.  Kent will demonstrate how to make and take your own seasonal wreath using fresh plant material.  Cost: $25.00 per member.  Many other seasonal items will be available for purchase.  

NGC Goal: Floriculture

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Noon in Fellowship Hall at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church​
Join us for a Holiday Luncheon
A catered buffet will be provided; $10/person at the door. Get ready to play some Bingo! Guests are welcome!

January 17, 2023

1 pm. Classroom in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Program—Rena's Honey Bee Haven

Presenter: Rena Wilson Jones
Rena Wilson Jones of Rena's Honey Bee Haven 

will help us discover the world of bees with her amazing video presentation of the inner workings of the hive itself.  Her mesmerizing program will educate and amaze.  Rena has been a local bee keeper for many years.  

NGC Goal: Environment

February 21, 2023

1 pm. Classroom in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Program—Berries and Flour

Presenter: Heidi Leuszler

Heidi Leuszler of Berries and Flour decided to start Berries and Flour as the synergy of all of her passions: culinary skills, ecology of native landscapes, growing of plants, foraging for wild foods, and teaching people about the plentiful Midwest land. Starting her bakery ties these many skills together into a delicious box that others can easily share.
NGC Goal: Horticulture

March 21, 2023

1 pm. Classroom in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Program—Hendrick House Farm: Learn the connection between sustainable farming and agriculture education

Presenters: Ann Swanson and Kelly Hill
Ann Swanson, Fowler Farm Director, Kelly Hill, Executive Director at CU Schools Foundation will tell us about Hendrick House Farm, part of Hendrick House, which is dedicated to producing quality products for customers using organic practices within Champaign County. The farming operations includes a 10-acre farm and a garden on the rooftop of Hendrick House.
NGC Goal: Horticulture

April 18, 2023
Noon at Olive Garden Restaurant, Champaign
​Luncheon and installation of officers.

April 16-17, 2023

GCI Annual Convention, Naperville, IL

May 2-5, 2023
National Garden Clubs Convention, White Sulphur Springs, WV

May 6, 2023

PLANT SALE

8 am - noon, Front parking lot at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect, Champaign

May 16, 2023

1 pm. Classroom in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Program—A Brief History of Lake of the Woods and the Mahomet Area

Presenter: Marina Montez-Ellis

Marina Montez-Ellis, Garden Programs Specialist at the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, will present a program covering the early indigenous people, colonists and immigrants and the changes to the landscape of the Preserves in Mahomet to present day.

June 20, 2023

Noon, Tori Corkery's Home

Luncheon

Join us for lunch and bring a guest or two!

Box lunches will be provided.

July 10, 2023

GCI Summer Meeting
Giant City State Park Lodge, Makanda IL. Hosted by District 7.

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 2022-2023 will be an exciting year for our flower arrangers as they learn about Petite designs. Everyone is welcome to attend these classes.

Plant Sale

Plant Selection

Visit us from 8 am to noon on Saturday, May 6, 2023, for our annual plant sale.  Perennials, herbs, and much more – all dug from member gardens!

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