Friday, December 11, 2015

Winter Holiday Pot Luck Dinner and "White Elephant" Exchange

Our Winter Holiday Pot Luck Dinner will take place on the 15th (this Tuesday) at 6:45 pm at the Batavia Public Library on the corner of Wilson and Hwy 31.  Please bring a side dish to share, perhaps a casserole, vegetable, dessert, appetizer, or salad.  Sub- sandwiches, drinks, and dinnerware will be provided. 

We will have a "White Elephant" gift exchange as part of the activities of the evening.  If you want to participate in the exchange, the "White Elephant" item you bring should be wrapped (some fun ones even came wrapped in newspaper....after all, it is a White Elephant exchange!)  What is a "White Elephant"?  After a great discussion and much giggling, the board narrowed it down to "something you already have and no longer want" which you "gift" to someone else.  It can be that strange or wonderful item that someone gave you that you never used, something you have had for a while but do not need any more, or just something you think would be fun to re-gift.  If you were to donate this "white elephant", it would probably show up for sale at Goodwill for $5 or less.  This is just for fun.  Don't go out and buy something new for the exchange....look at it as a fun way to pass something on that may be useful to someone else.  

Come join us for gardening fellowship, a great meal, and some fun.  Who knows what you might get to bring home!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Busy Beavers - Help Needed to Save the Trees!

The beavers have been busy at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary, so Sarah Kimber is looking for someone to help her repair and/or replace fencing around some of the trees there.  If you are willing and able to assist, please contact her at or 630-404-2043.
Thank You!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Certified Naturalist Program

The Kane County Certified Naturalist Program is sponsored by the Kane County Forest Preserves, St. Charles Park District and Geneva Park District.

Participants take indoor and outdoor classes on local flora and fauna and volunteer for one or more of those organizations.   Classes for the coming year are beginning in January.  Informational meetings will be held on Wed., Dec. 2 at 7:00 pm at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center or Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10:00 am at the Creek Bend Nature Center of Leroy Oaks Forest Preserve. 

For more information, you can contact Pam Otto 630-513-4346, or Valerie Blaine 630-444-3191,  

Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners who are graduates of the program include Lorayne Hrejsa,  Tracy Sandkam and Sarah Kimber.  If you have any questions, please contact them for assistance.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Saturday Workday -Wildflower Sanctuary

Please join us for a fall work day at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9:00 am.  We will be trimming back woody shrubs and planting some seeds, so please bring gloves, loppers, tarps, trowels, and pruning shears if you have them.  We will be meeting near the gazebo in the wooded area south and east of the boardwalk.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Master Gardener Lorayne Hrejsa and others Recognized

Congratulations to one of our Master Gardeners Lorayne Hrejsa and all the other Master Gardeners recognized by the University of Illinois Extension.  The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners enjoy the leadership and brain trust of several Master Gardeners in our midst.  For more about the recent recognition activities, and a nice picture of these folks, check out the article at:

Interested in being a Master Gardener - ask those involved at our meeting this Tuesday night, November 17th at the Batavia Public Library.  Social time 6:45pm;  Meeting 7:00 pm; Presentation on winter blooming plants immediately following the 7pm meeting.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Snappy Ginger Spice Cookies Recipe - Treats from our October meeting

Treats from our October meeting brought out the goodness of the season.  For those who asked, here is the Snappy Ginger Spice Cookie recipe that Doris Trout shared with us.  Happy baking and'll stay warm twice!

½ cup butter, room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/3 cup molasses
2 eggs
2 ¾ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 300 degrees.  Cream the butter, brown sugar, ½ cup of the granulated sugar, and the molasses in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 3 minutes.  Beat in eggs until smooth.  Set aside.

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne pepper, cloves and sale in a medium bowl.  Beat into the butter-molasses mixture until smooth.

Refrigerate dough about one hour.

Pour remaining sugar in flat dish. Shape dough into balls (18 grams each-about two tablespoons full of dough per cookie).  Roll balls in remaining sugar, then flatten with a glass.

Bake at 300 degrees for 10-11 minutes on parchment-lined baking sheets.  Remove from oven and keep cookies on cookie sheet one minute, then move to wire racks to cool completely.

NOTE:  Crispness or softness of cookie is affected by how much you flatten the ball of dough as well as bake time.  Doris Trout tells us that she prefers softer cookies so she flattens them to ¼ to 3/8ths inch thicknesses.

Thanks to Doris Trout for the cookies and the recipe!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Next Meeting: Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus and Amaryllis

Wondering how to care for your Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus and Amaryllis?  Come join us on November 17th when Joe Heidgen from Shady Hill Gardens will share his knowledge on these blooming wonders.  Our meeting at the Batavia Public Library starts with social time at 6:45pm , 7:00 meeting, and the presentation immediately following the meeting.  Pretty late fall blooms, here we come!

Friday, October 16, 2015

October 20th - Vermicomposting in the Winter

The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners will meet at 6:45 pm in the large meeting room at Homstad (on the corner of Hwy 31 and Fabyan Parkway) on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.  A short business meeting starts at 7:00 pm and the presentation will follow.  One of our own Master Gardners Lorayne Hrejsa will present "Vermicomposting in the Winter to Meet the Needs of House Plants."  Come join us to marvel at the fall color, start to plan for our in-house gardening, and enjoy the cheer of a room full of gardeners!  What more fun could you have on a Tuesday night!?!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Beautiful Day for Wildflower Sanctuary Work Day

The weather is going to be beautiful, so please join us for a fall clean-up at the Batavia Wild Flower Sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 3rd from 9:00 to 11:00 am.  We will meet on the east (shady) side and work on weeding, dead-heading and mulching.  If you have gloves, clippers, diggers, loppers, and/or a tarp or bucket for hauling, that would be helpful.
Hope to see you Saturday!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tuesday Night - Plain Dirt Gardeners meeting at Holmstad

Just a quick reminder:  we will meet at Holmstad (corner of Hwy 31 and Fabyan Parkway) in the meeting room for our September 15th gathering.  Parking on the east side of the building and entering through the main doors there will put you closest to the meeting room.  Gather at 6:45 pm to visit and enjoy some goodies.   Our meeting will start at 7:00 pm. 

The educational program topic will be "Closing the Garden for Winter". 
Remember - we are at Holmstad in their meeting room in September and October!

Lost - need help finding us Tuesday night, call Diana at (630) 388-8493.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Reminder - Saturday at the Wildflower Sanctuary

Please join us for a work morning at the Wildflower Sanctuary, this Saturday, September 12 from 9 to ll:00am.  We will meet on the East side (shady side!) of the sanctuary.  Bring your gloves, clippers, weeding devices, and a container to throw weeds and seed heads into!  It should be a marvelous fall day to enjoy the late summer blooms, seed heads, and migrating birdsongs in the sanctuary as well as the joy of spending time with gardeners!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Club's 1st Fall Meeting September 15 at Holmstad

We will meet at Holmstad (corner of Hwy 31 and Fabyan Parkway) in the meeting room for our September 15th gathering.  Parking on the east side of the building and entering through the main doors there will put you closest to the meeting room.  Gather at 6:45 pm to visit and enjoy some goodies.   Our meeting will start at 7:00 pm. 

The educational program topic will be "Closing the Garden for Winter". 

Come learn about new things happening for 2015-16! 

Our meeting will be at Holmstad in September and October this year.

Wild Flower Sanctuary Work Morning - September 12th

Join us in the Wildflower Sanctuary on September 12th at 9am.  It is time to start paying attention to the lovely seed heads that will sprinkle more than their share of seeds, trim, pull a few weeds, and find the pathways again.  Bring with you clippers, gloves, a trug or bucket to gather things, and perhaps a wheelbarrow, wagon or tarp.  Sarah has a great morning planned for us.  Enjoy the fall blooms while helping make the gardens beautiful for those strolling through the area.

Perennials need new homes -Right Now!

Nancy Hollmeier is ripping out one garden completely needs to find new homes for some perennials as quickly as possible.  If you want some

Old fashion large pale pink peonies
Fragrant reblooming white iris
Red dianthus (is reblooming now)
Ye-olde pink phlox
or some onesies, twosies too numerous to mention

Contact Nancy at (630) 482-1133

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Wildflower Sanctuary Work-in-Great-Weather Day

Dear Gardeners,
The weather forecast for Saturday, Aug. 8 looks beautiful, and it would be great if you can give us a hand at the Wild Flower Sanctuary!  We will meet at the top of the hill by the compost bins at 9:00 am, and will be working on clearing and mulching paths, starting from the top.  The Batavia Park District will be delivering woodchips for us to use this week.  If you can, please bring gloves, diggers, pruners, loppers, shovels and something to haul weeds and/or mulch in.
Thank you for your help!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Garden Walk Needs You....Please Give Us 5 Minutes Of Your Time


Our garden walk is next week!! Please share the following via facebook (if you belong) and/or email with friends, family and clubs.  We really need to push sales in this last week.  We appreciate your help.  You can also share the link to this by copying and pasting the URL above.

The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners present their 2015 garden walk; 
Flowers At Our Feet, on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 9am-4pm.

The walk features 6 gorgeous local gardens and the Wildflower Sanctuary at the Batavia River Walk.  

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of.  Kids under 12 are free.

You can buy tickets in person at the west side Batavia Park District during regular business hours.  You can order online (PayPal icon in top right corner).  You can Call Kristyn Harper at 815.528.0691 for tickets.  Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of in the back parking lot of Bethany Lutheran church from 8:30am-11:30 am and at each of the gardens.  

This event is an important fundraiser and supports local gardening projects and scholarships.

We appreciate your help and tending-to of this very important event. 

Thank you so much,


Monday, July 13, 2015

Wildflower Sanctuary Volunteer-Sustaining Rhubarb Bread

Is your rhubarb producing like never before, and the rain just keeps coming?  On Saturday, Sarah Kimber brought this decadent bread treat to nourish our Wildflower Sanctuary "weeders and picker-uppers".  It is a sweet quick bread with yummy topping that we voted "share-worthy". 
Here is the recipe for Rhubarb bread, compliments of Sarah's friend, Dee Frieders: 
1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 cup sour milk
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 and1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 cups rhubarb, finely chopped
1/2 c sugar
1 Tablespoons margarine or butter 
Bread:  Cream together brown sugar, oil, egg and vanilla.
Then alternate mixing in sour milk with the flour, salt, baking soda.
Add rhubarb.
Fill two greased loaf pans.
Topping:  Cream together 1/2 c sugar with 1 T margarine or butter for topping.  Sprinkle on top of bread dough.
Bake at 350 for 45 min.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sharing today's Good News

Doris Trout has volunteered to fill our Vice President/Membership position.

Lorayne Hrejsa has volunteered to fill our Program Coordinator position.

Kay Campbell and Dida have volunteered to care for the pedestrian bridge planters.

Sue Peterson overheard a Batavian telling a friend to go see the beautifully planted Kaleidescope as it is one of the best things in downtown Batavia. 

Kris Harper and Sally Janunas arranged for the Batavia Park District to sell Garden Walk tickets.  The tickets are also on-line through a link on our blogsite.  Bethany Lutheran Church has agreed to let us use their parking lot (at no charge) to distribute the on-line purchased tickets the day of the Garden Walk.

Ron Gilkerson updated the Garden Walk signs and they are up in various places around town.   

Thanks to other Garden Walk Committee Members  and our 2015 Gardeners who are doing many things behind the scenes getting things ready for our big day (now only 2 weeks away!)

Many Batavians walking the River Walk have been stopping to thank the volunteers for weeding and maintaining the Wildflower Sanctuary.  Thanks to all who have been coming to work-days and helping in between.

And, for all the Wildflower Sanctuary Volunteers who have been wondering, on June 29th, Sarah Greenhagen met little Adam Douglas for the first time face-to-face.  Mother and baby are doing well, but not ready for weeding just yet!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Program Chairperson Needed for 2015-2016

The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners is looking for a Program Chairperson to arrange programs for each of the meetings during the coming year.  If you are interested, please contact Diana at (630) 879-7578.  We already have some great ideas for the new year, so we can help you get off to a great start! 

Help Needed for Wildflower Sanctuary "Spruce Up"

Please come help out THIS SATURDAY (July 11) at the Wildflower Sanctuary as we ready for the upcoming GardenWalk.  We will meet at 9:00 am on the east (shady) side to weed, trim and work on edging.  Bring gardening gloves, diggers, clippers and buckets or tarps to haul the weeds and cuttings.  If anyone has a weedwhacker it would really help us make tidying up progress. 
PS:  Have you seen a shovel and a digger left by the compost area by a volunteer?  Our volunteer would love to get it back!  Let Sarah or Diana know if you have these items.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The 2015 Garden Walk, Flowers At Our Feet, July 25, 2015

The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners
the 2015 Garden Walk
Flowers at Our Feet
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in-what more could he ask?  
A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” Victor Hugo

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Rain or Shine

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of
Children under 12 are free

Tickets are available for purchase before July 24th at:

The west side Batavia Park District,
327 West Wilson Street in Batavia
or online at:

Tickets are available for purchase on July 25th at:
The Bethany Lutheran Church Elderday Care Center
(in the parking lot) 8 S. Lincoln Avenue in Batavia
from 8:30am-11:30am
and, if you are with someone who already has a ticket,
you may purchase additional tickets at each of our 6 gardens
For More Information call
Kristyn Harper (815)528-0691

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pedestrian Bridge Plantings - Volunteers Needed

The Plain Dirt Gardeners established four planters at the west end of the Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Batavia to add beauty to the area and showcase container gardening.  We need two (or three) volunteers to plant the planters and keep an eye on them throughout the growing season.  There is a budget for the plants and typically they have been planted with perennials and annual flowers, vegetables, herbs, grasses, or small shrubs.  Some years the volunteers have planted or decorated them for spring, summer, fall, and then winter interest.  Other years, they have been established to be enjoyed for more than a season with one planting.  The pots are currently planted, but we need your assistance as summer progresses.

The Park District waters the planters, but we need gardeners to establish them.  Would you be willing to help?  Do you have a friend or two who might enjoy doing this with you?  Please contact Diana at (630) 879-7578 or email her at if this sounds like a fun thing to help with to beautify our community and share your love of gardening.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Caterpillar found at the Wildflower Sanctuary

A Friday Wildflower Sanctuary weeding in the prairie plants brought us face-to-face with this elusive giant caterpillar munching on leaves. Moss green spots mark its back and each "hip". The rest mimics a branch of wood with brown and grey marks like bark. The "eye" on top of the body was at the tail end, but gave it a Cyclops look. It is an Abbott's Sphinx caterpillar that turns into a moth after overwintering in the ground. Something new and different every day at the Wildflower sanctuary.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wildflower Sanctuary FRIDAY June 19th work-gathering

Join us to tidy up the Prairie Garden side of the Wildflower Sanctuary on Friday, June 19th at 9am.  We will gather on the "pond" side to do some deadheading and remind the more vigorous plants of their borders.  Come join us with clippers or scissors, perhaps a trowel or dandelion weeder, and a bucket or trug to throw the clippings into to make our trips to the compost pile easier.   

Many hands and the joy of being with fellow gardeners makes the time together even more fun.  See you there!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wildflower Sanctuary Workday this Saturday! Come join friends and learn more about native plants.

We are holding a Wildflower Sanctuary workday at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 13.  We will be meeting on the east/shady end to pull weeds and trim back plants from the edge of the sidewalk.  We want to get things tidied up before the garden walk.  If there is extra time, we can resume work on the garden by the compost bins to pretty things up for those living at Riverain!  It would be great if people can bring gloves, clippers, buckets or tarps and diggers.  Sarah has promised to bring some treats to keep everyone nourished.  

Mark your calendar for both Saturday June 13th and our next June workday on Friday the 19th.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Potluck and June Meeting

June 16th.....our Summer Potluck and Joy of Gardening Gathering

We will meet at 6:45 pm June 16th at the Batavia Public Library meeting room for our summer Potluck to enjoy the beauty of the season, the joy of friends who garden, and to finalize plans for the summer.  Bring a dish to pass (salad, hot dish, vegetable, or dessert) to complement the supplied submarine sandwiches and beverages.  We will talk about possible summer trips and finalize the Garden Walk plans.  Bring your calendars and a good appetite!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wildflower Sanctuary Plant Identification Walk

Saturday, May 30 at 9:00 am, will be a special day at the Batavia Wild Flower Sanctuary.  Valerie Blaine is director of Nature Education for the Kane County Forest Preserves, and she will lead us on a walk around the Sanctuary to identify plants for us.  Valerie will be able to tell us what to keep and what to pull.  It should be interesting for everyone, even those who do not volunteer at the WFS.  We will meet at the shady (east) end, and work our way around.  After the walk, we will be planting seeds and dead-heading in the little prairie, so please bring gloves, clippers, bucket, and a trowel if you can.  
Hope you can join us!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 19th - The Beautiful and Useful Plants of South Africa

Our May 19th meeting will feature "The Beautiful and Useful Plants of South Africa: Our Intimate Connection" giving us a a look at some of South Africa’s Useful plants on display at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. Some of these plants have traveled into our homes, kitchens and medicine cabinets. Plants seemingly are rooted where they grow, but many of these beauties have journeyed thousands of miles to enrich our lives. Join Rosie McVay in Part 2 of her South African plant adventure.

Join us at the Batavia Public Library in the large meeting room:
6:45pm - Social time
7:00pm - Business Meeting and Updates!
7:40pm - Main Feature Program

On the corner of Wilson and Hwy 31.


Help Needed Saturday - the Tours are Coming....

Our last chance to get the Wild Flower Sanctuary in shape for school groups will be on Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 am, so come join us if you are available.  We will meet at the west (prairie) side of the Sanctuary and work our way around.  There are still a few prairie plants to get into the ground, and some weeds here and there, so bring gloves, little shovels, clippers and weed diggers if you have them.   Warmer weather is predicted! 

Thanks "Prairie Day" crew!

Thank you so much to Phyllis, Jo, Kathy, Sue, Ed, and Nancy for helping out at the Wild Flower Sanctuary on Wednesday!  Our Little Prairie looks great!
If you are missing a pair of black nitrile gardening gloves, Sarah Kimber found them. and will bring them to Tuesday's meeting.

Monday, May 11, 2015

"Prairie Day" this Wednesday at the WFS

We will be having a "Prairie Day" at the Wild Flower Sanctuary (downtown Batavia on the riverwalk) on Wednesday, May 13 gathering at 9:00 am.  We have a bunch of fun prairie plant plugs to plant, and some dead-heading is still needed.  If people could bring trowels for planting, clippers for dead-heading, a tarp or bucket for moving the clippings, that would be great.  Sarah will bring a watering can.

The "Prairie Day" gathering will meet on the sunny "pond" side where prairie plants thrive!  Come see what is coming up and help plant the new plugs! 
And, mark your calendars for  Saturday, May 16, 9am for one more work day before the 2nd graders come and the school group tours begin.  Look for more information later this week.
We always enjoy seeing you and learning while we work together! 
If you can join us for one or both events, please come! 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

It's Here - The Perennial Plant Sale

Doors open to the public and club members on Saturday at 9am at the Bethany Lutheran Church Gymnasium in Batavia (corner of Wilson and Lincoln) for the long awaited Plant Sale!  Ferns, native plants, perennials, shade loving plants, sun loving plants, trees, shrubs, ground covers, herbs, and more.  Gently used garden equipment, too!

Volunteers --  Set up starts around 3pm on Friday afternoon and runs to 7:45 or ?? pm.  Bring your plant and garden donations and get a sneak peek while helping us load beautiful plants onto bounty-filled tables.

On Saturday morning - Learn from garden experts roaming the aisles to help you with your new plants......get something that your neighbors would love to have found first......enjoy native plants that are drought resistant and will spice up your garden in a new way.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Plants and "Recycled" Garden Tools

This year the Plain Dirt Gardener's Pereenial Plant Sale will include "recycled" garden tools as well .  If you have some to recycle, please bring your "recyclable" garden tools to the plant sale set-up this Friday afternoon/evening or by 8:30am Saturday morning.   Doors open to the public at 9am Saturday.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Urgent Need - Verbena Boneriensis

One of our GardenWalk homes needs Verbena Boneriensis for her meadow garden.  We want to get it in place as soon as possible.  If you have any you can spare, please call Nancy Hollmeier at (630) 482-1133. Thanks!

Monday, April 27, 2015

New "Flash Mob" Spring Cleaning at the Wildflower Sanctuary

Friday, May 1 - 9am to 11am

Join us for a Spring Cleaning at the Wildflower Sanctuary this Friday.  We will meet half way down the brick pathways on the shady side of the garden (river side) and work our way over to the sunny prairie garden.  Bring a rake, clippers, small digging tool (or dandelion digger), a bucket or tarp for weeds and gloves, and a cheery smile as it is supposed to be a beautiful day!  You will get to see the prairie smoke blooming and we should be able to find the cone shaped starts of Jack in the Pulpit and Green Dragons peeking up out of the ground!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Save the Date.....Plant Sale

The Perennial Plant Sale - May 9th  9am to Noon

Location:  Bethany Lutheran Church gymnasium (corner of Wilson and Lincoln in Batavia)

Purchase:  Native plants, shade and sun perennials, over 300 named day lilies from a private collection, ferns, woodland poppies, trillium and other woodland ephemerals, ground covers, bushes, small trees, hostas and more.  Gently used garden tools and other wonderful finds. 

Drop off plant donations and help set up the sale from 3:30 to 8pm May 8th and get a sneak peek at the bounty.  Start potting now!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Perennial Plant Sale - Gardeners, Start Your Potting!

The Perennial Plant Sale is two weeks away.  We need all gardeners to start potting as soon as possible so the perennials get a head start for their new homes. 

Set up for the Plant Sale starts at 3:00pm Friday, May 8.  Bring your plants Friday May 8th from 3:00pm to 7:30 pm to the Bethany Lutheran Church on the corner of Wilson and Lincoln in Batavia. 

Work hours for club members and friends:
        Friday from 3:00 to 8:00 pm  - set up for the sale
        Saturday from 8:00 to 9:00am  - complete set up.

The sale opens to the public at 9am May 9th.  Saturday 9:00 am to noon - doors open for sale! 

We need help from club members with various stations the day of the sale.  Clean up immediately following the sale.

Join Us for Workday Fun at the Wildflower Sanctuary - Saturday, April 25

Join us for another fun "Flash Mob Cleanup" at the Wildflower Sanctuary on Saturday, April 25 from 9 to about 11am.  Last work day we did about 75% of the shady garden area thanks to the great turn out of gardeners.

We will meet in the woodland shade gardens - near the northern point by the dam - to finish winter clean up there and then slip over to the sunny prairie gardens to finish our "spring cleaning". 

Bring rakes, clippers, gloves, a dandelion digger (to get those little rascals), small tarps to haul dead things to the brush pile, and a trug or bucket for some minor weeding.  For those of us who switched rakes last time, we can switch again! 

Rain is predicted.  If there is just a light mist - we will gather and do what we can.  If there is real rain around 8:30-8:45 am, we will postpone to another weekend.   See you there on Saturday!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Work Day Fun at the Wild Flower Sanctuary - This Saturday Morning

Bring your gloves, hand or powered clippers, a small "leaf" rake, and trugs, buckets, or small tarps to help carry the wintered debris to the compost pile.  This is our first "Flash Mob Garden Clean-Up" on Saturday, April 11 from 9 to 11am in the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener's Wildflower Sanctuary on the Riverwalk in Batavia. 

We will start on the "shady" east side of the sanctuary....and move our way around to the sunny west side by depot pond!  Follow the sidewalk north of the small bridge to find us!  We should find the flowering hepatica, the "first points" of trillium and green dragons, and other early surprises!

We will have a blooming good time if you'll join us!  Many hands make happy work!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Wildflower Sanctuary Work Days Schedule 2015

The Wildflower Sanctuary is starting to stir!  We need your help to make it gorgeous all year.  Add these to your calendar so you can join us.  We will announce the "activity of the morning" so you can come prepared with the right tools or gear.  Look for "Gardening Flash Mob" notices in the weeks ahead.

Most of these Work Days will be from 9 to 11 am (or earlier if the job gets "done")....

Saturday      April 11- clean up "dead stuff" and look for hepatica blooms
                        bring rakes, clippers, gloves, and trugs to tote brushy debris
                        to the compost pile (or buckets or whatever you use)!
Saturday      April 25- clean up to ready for tours (same tools as above)
Wednesday  May 13 - to plant natives that remained after the plant sale
Saturday      May 16 - may be a garlic mustard eradication day and final
                                    clean before tours
Saturday      May 30 -
Saturday      June 13 -
Friday          June 19 -
Saturday      July 11 -
Friday          July 17 -
Saturday      August 8 -
Saturday      August 22 -
Saturday      September 12 -
Saturday      September 26 -

Friday, March 27, 2015

Choose Plants that help the article suggested by one of our members

Susan Styer
Susan Styer 8:03am Mar 13
In Your Garden, Choose Plants That Help the Environment
Admire plants for what they do. Not for what they look like.

Learn about Native Plants while helping with our Wildflower Sanctuary

Spring is here despite the cool weather.  We need to plan spring and summer workdays for the Wildflower Sanctuary, our showcase for using Native Plants in sun and shade and various soil conditions.  Would you like to learn more about our native plants?  Would you have a couple of hours to spare throughout the months ahead?  If so, we'd love to have you join us.

We need members and friends willing to help us coordinate the Wildflower Sanctuary gardening activities.  If you could help, please join us on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Diana's (2S965 Shagbark Drive in Batavia) at 7pm.  If you want to help but cannot make the meeting, email Diana at and let her know how you'd like to get involved.

We will have fun together....learn about native the ducks, birds, and other beautiful creatures migrating along the river.....visit with people who regularly enjoy the walk through our Wildflower Sanctuary.....and build friendships along the way.   Volunteer today!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Our March 17th program is titled "Conscious Conservation and Effortless Efficiency" and features Kane County Recycling Program Coordinator Jennifer Jarland and Kane County Sustainability Coordinator Cecilia Govrik. 

Come join the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners at the Batavia Public Library, March 17, 2015:  6:45pm meet and treats, 7:00pm business meeting, and at about 7:30pm our feature program will begin.

The Library is located on the corner of Wilson Street and Hwy 31 in downtown Batavia.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Reminder:  Next meeting   February  17th

“THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS: An Introduction to Flower Structure and Terminology”

Jack Shouba is a teacher, botanist, and photographer. He has taught classes on flowers, trees, and photography at the Morton Arboretum for over twenty years. His photographs have been published in Chicago Wilderness  and Outdoor Illinois magazines and used on calendars, brochures, and websites. A resident of Campton Hills, he has been active in conservation for many years, and was recently presented with the Dick Young Award for Lifetime Achievement in Conservation by the Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District. 
Come join us for the meeting!  Social time at 6:45 pm, short meeting at 7:00 pm and Jack Shouba about 7:30 pm at the Batavia Public Library on the corner of Hwy 31 and Wilson in the large meeting room, upper floor of the library.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wisconsin Garden Expo
February 13 - 15, 2015
Exhibition Hall at the Reliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
Several BPDG members attended the Wisconsin Garden Expo last year, had a great time, and gained lots of new gardening ideas:       * more than 150 FREE Educational Seminars & Demonstrations
     * Expo in the Main Hall with extensive variety of gardening displays  
        and booths.
     * at-the-door tickets: 1 day= $8; 2 days = $11; can buy ahead of time    
       for a discount
Linda Sonner is going. If you are interested in sharing a ride, contact Linda at 879-7965.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Don't forget - The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener's Meeting Tuesday, January 20th is at The HOLMSTAD, located on the corner of Hwy 31 and Fabyan Parkway in Batavia at 6:45pm.  Tell all your gardening friends to come join us!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Location for January Meeting - Homstad

The January 20th meeting of the Batavia Plain Dirt Gareners will be held at The Holmstad, located on the corner of Fabyan Parkway and Hwy 31. 

For easy access to the meeting room where we will gather, enter through the east doors (facing Hwy 31) and ask for directions at the concierge desk just inside the lobby. 

Questions?  email

Monday, January 5, 2015

Recipe updated.....

Spoiler Alert:  If you saved a copy of the recipe, but have not yet tried the Broccoli Rice Casserole recipe sent out earlier this month, please make a new copy from our blog site.  The copy published earlier was incorrect. The recipe actually only calls for 1/2 teaspoon of onion salt.  The recipe on the site is now updated making it more likely we will be able to keep any New Year's resolutions to cut the sodium in our diets.

January 20 Meeting is held at Holmstad (corner of Fabyan Parkway and Hwy 31)

January 20    
Mary Jo Murphy, a master gardener, will join us on January 20, 2015 to share a presentation entitled “Creating Wildlife Habitats in a Home Landscape.” Mary Jo comes to us from the Kane County Extension Center. 

Please note:  the January meeting is at The Holmstad in Batavia (corner of Hwy 31 and Fabyan Parkway).  Mixer at 6:45, short business meeting at 7pm and Mary Jo Murphy at about 7:30 pm.  (Our February meeting will be held in a different location).