Monday, December 10, 2018

December Holiday Potluck Gathering

Our December meeting will be our traditional Holiday Potluck gathering.  We will meet on December 18th at 6:45 pm at the Batavia Public Library.  We will share a meal together, have a "white elephant" exchange, a raffle of some new gardening items, and our own Sarah Kimber will share a short 5 minute presentation on the wildflower sanctuary.

To participate in the white elephant exchange, we ask that you wrap up something that a gardener would use or something related to gardening or plants or hanging out on the patio/porch.  If you are unfamiliar with the concept, a White Elephant exchanges usually means to bring something you already have at home but no longer want or need (maybe a gardening book you never use anymore, an extra garden tool , a pair of gloves that are not your size, candles or a plant or something for the patio that you did not need but have in your "stash" of things, or any other re-gift possibility that you just cannot see yourself using any more as a gardener but think that another gardener might like).  Please wrap the item (even in a newspaper is fine!).  We will have them all on a table and everyone will get to pick one out from the bunch of them brought to the meeting.  The fun is in watching someone else have fun getting your item.  These are not to be an expensive item, this is just for fun.  If you do not bring one, no worries.  We have a few extras that are being brought in case they may be needed.

For the potluck, please bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert to share.  The club will provide drinks, chicken roll ups, plates, silverware and cups.  Sue is going to do her famous nut cups and a sparkling grape juice drink to get us started for the evening.

We hope you will join us.  This is always such a treat to get to visit with each other, share some crazy gift items, and enjoy the goodies each person brings to the table. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Steel Drum Gardener

In case you missed the information:

Our own Doris Trout will be performing in concert with the Waubonsee Community College Steelband concert on Friday, December 7 in the auditorium of the Sugar Grove campus (Rt 47) starting at 7:30PM. Concert will last about one hour.  Come enjoy some music and the enthusiasm of this group! Free admission!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Fun With Swags....November 2018




If you missed joining us in November, or you just want to see all the creative joy of making swags and some of your Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener friends, see the full album of pictures from our November meeting on the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners' Facebook page.  We had fun and our homes were brightened by these creations of nature.  Thanks to everyone who contributed materials for the swags and to Nancy Hollmeier for leading this creative bunch to swag completions.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Making Swags.....Tuesday, November 20th

The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners meeting this month includes making a "swag" for the home.  Greenery supplies will be provided (for those who reserved it at a cost of $5) and gardeners are asked to bring the following:

1.  Scissors
2.  Pliers with wire cutter or other wire cutters (we will be wiring things to the greenery for decoration)
3.  Garden pruners (for cutting things scissors cannot)
4.  Any dried goods from your garden or trees (pine cones, seed heads, Ostrich Fern fiddle spore fronds, sweet gum cones, grasses heads, dried flower stalks, bush stems (dogwood red ones or yellow ones, especially), and so forth.

See you all at 7pm on Tuesday, November 20th.  If you have not yet reserved your greenery by contacting Diana Sharp or Lorayne Hrejsa, do so today!!!!  You can leave a message with Diana at (630)879-7578.  We will only bring enough greenery for those who have reserved it prior to Saturday night, Nov. 17th.

J.Jill Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener Event tonight

Reminder:  Join the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners tonight between 7 and 9 at J.Jill for an open house event with coupons!

118 Commons Drive, Geneva, IL

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Social Activity with the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners

We are having a "J.Jill" night on November 15th at the J.Jill store in Geneva.  The event will be between 7pm and 9pm and is a "drop in" open house type of event (in other words, where you can come but do not need to spend the entire two hours in the store.)  The store is located at

118 Commons Dr.
Geneva, IL 60134
for directions call  630.262.9203    

Come join us for some fun and some savings on your wardrobe or presents for holidays and birthdays.  The event is open to all club members and Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener blogpost members.  Coupons will be shared that evening at the store!  Enjoy shopping, gardening friends, and some refreshments during this fun event thanks to the generosity of the store owner who met several of the club gardeners!   

November Meeting and Activity

Join us for the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener's meeting November 20th.  We will be making "Evergreen Swags" to decorate our homes.  You will need to 1) reserve your spot in the activity (more on this below) and 2) collect dried material to decorate your swag.  Pine cones, seed heads, dried flowers, anything natural will add to the beauty of your project. If possible, bring extra and share! 

To participate, we need a definite commitment and ask that you contact Diana Sharp to sign up.  We will only reserve materials for those who do this (call (630) 879-7578 and leave a message if no one answers).   The $10 cost offsets the cost of materials that the club will purchase for the project.  You will receive a $5 refund if you come and participate in the project.  If you do not reserve your swag, come anyhow and join in the fun.  This is sure to be a great meeting to visit with others while we make the swags.

The meeting is at the Batavia Public Library starting with social time 6:45pm, a short business meeting at 7:00 and the activity to immediately follow. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Wildflower Sanctuary Work Day Saturday

Please join us for a clean-up day at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary on Saturday, October 20 at 9:00 am.  We will be meeting near the dam at the north end of the east side of the Riverwalk.  We will be working on weeds, invasive shrubs and beaver exclusion fences.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, eye protection, weed diggers, clippers, loppers, wire cutters and something for hauling the clippings.
 
Thank for you help!
Sarah   

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Small 6x8 Greenhouse for Sale

Ray Engman who has a small greenhouse for sale.  The link to it from the company that make it is below and includes the manual and how to assemble it.  There is even a video.  It is on a property just west of Randall Road in Batavia.  I actually went out to look at it and it is in really good shape.  If you wonder why we did not take it, we decided we needed something even larger for our yard. 

The whole thing weighs 144 lbs (in tact, but it could be taken down in sections and moved given the instructions on the web link listed below).  It  was put together in his garage and carried to the spot on the property by his son-in-laws.  It is just over 6 foot by nearly 8 foot long.  He and I easily stood inside it and it would be easy to use it to work with plants.   He has even attached a smaller electric box to it so you could bring out an extension cord to it to put light or heated mats in it to start plants when it is a bit colder.  It has a back and a top vent "windows" that open to keep the temperature level and he has the automated vent opener (based on the temperature inside, it opens the top vent to keep plants cooled).  He just did not use the opener himself, so that is brand new in the box!  Ray wants $250 for it but is negotiable.  It is nine years young. 
 
 Here is a link to the site that provides information about the ECO 2 greenhouse Ray purchased about 9 years ago:

For information and to see the greenhouse contact:
 
Ray Engman
630-450-4088

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Meeting Tuesday: Preserving Herbs for Cooking and Crafting

Join the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners on Tuesday, October 16 to enjoy Susan Werner's program entitled "Preserving Herbs for Cooking and Crafting".  Everyone will make "smudge sticks" to take home and get a taste of the foods that can be made with the herbs discussed in the presentation.
 
Meeting is at the Batavia Public Library starting with social time 6:45pm, a short business meeting at 7:00 and Susan Werner's presentation immediately following. 
PLAN AHEAD and SIGN UP THIS MONTH:  Do you want to be part of the November meeting project?  We will be making evergreen swags for our homes just in time for Thanksgiving.  Make one for your self or for that special home you will visit.  To participate, we need a definite commitment and ask that you bring $10 and sign up during the October meeting.  The cost offsets the cost of materials that the club will purchase for the project.  You will receive a $5 refund if you come and participate in the project.  You will also need to start collecting dried material to decorate your swag.  Pine cones, seed heads, dried flowers, anything natural will add to the beauty of your project. Keep them in a safe place until our November 20th meeting!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wildflower Sanctuary News and Work Day

Thank you to everyone who helped out at the last clean-up day and to Robbin Lang for donating some hairy beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus) plants.  They were planted yesterday, and hopefully will be happy and blooming next summer.
 
Fall starts this weekend, but please join us for a work day on Saturday, October 6th at 9:00.  Our days are getting shorter, so please note the later than usual start time.  We will be working in the crescent-shapped area near the start of the wooden boardwalk.  If you have them, bring gardening gloves, eye protection, weed diggers, clippers, loppers and a bucket or tarp for hauling.    
 
Also, one of the water pumps at the WFS is leaking like crazy.  If you know a plumber who is willing to volunteer to fix it, please let me know.
 
Thanks for your help!
Sarah
                                        
 
For those new to our blogsite and projects, the Wildflower Sanctuary is located downtown in Batavia along the riverwalk.  The areas are open to the public and are easily accessible via sidewalks that go along the perimeter.  The Wildflower sanctuary surrounds the peninsula of land that goes out into Depot Pond and along the Fox River.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Join Us for the First Meeting of the Year

A member said that this may not have hit your email, so I am re-posting for our meeting and educational program this Tuesday (probably the day this is in your email):

Join the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners to learn about “Things that Sting”.  Pam Otto will discuss bees, wasps and some flies that can make our gardening and cookouts a little more adventurous.  This first gathering of the new club year will be on September 18, 2018 in the meeting room at the Batavia Pubic LIbrary.  6:45 pm social time, 7:00 pm quick business meeting and Pam’s program will follow immediately afterward.  Hope to see you then and learn about your summer gardening adventures be they the pot on the porch that went wild to your overproductive tomatoes and zinnias!

And - bring your checkbook.  Not a “stinger”, but just a reminder that annual memberships are $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.  We are asking that all members, including our wildflower sanctuary members, join and pay the membership fee in September.  This helps offset costs throughout the year.  The board has approved one-year free memberships for the families who’s homes were on the 2018 Garden Walk.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Time to Sign Up to Share Treats

Sally is organizing the social time for our meetings and needs members to sign up to help bring treats for the meetings in September,  November and January through May.  If you would be willing to bring treats for next Tuesday, Sept. 18th, please call her at (630) 842-3422.  Sally will explain the reimbursement process and maximum.

Things that Sting.....

Join the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners to learn about “Things that Sting”.  Pam Otto will discuss bees, wasps and some flies that can make our gardening and cookouts a little more adventurous.  This first gathering of the new club year will be on September 18, 2018 in the meeting room at the Batavia Pubic LIbrary.  6:45 pm social time, 7:00 pm quick business meeting and Pam’s program will follow immediately afterward.  Hope to see you then and learn about your summer gardening adventures be they the pot on the porch that went wild to your overproductive tomatoes and zinnias!

And - bring your checkbook.  Not a “stinger”, but just a reminder that annual memberships are $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.  We are asking that all members, including our wildflower sanctuary members, join and pay the membership fee in September.  This helps offset costs throughout the year.  The board has approved one-year free memberships for the families who’s homes were on the 2018 Garden Walk.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wildflower Sanctuary Update and Workday Wednesday

Thank you to Terri for braving the elements to remove an invading burning bush from the Wildflower Sanctuary on Saturday!  We both slept better knowing that it is gone. 
 
Our next work day will be on Wednesday at 8:00 am (or 9:00 if you prefer).  The ground will be nice and soft, so we will meet for weeding and trimming at the far north end of the WFS, near the dam.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, knee pads, eye protection, weed diggers, clippers and a bucket or tarp for hauling.  If it is raining more than sprinkles, you can take the day off.
 
Thanks for your help!
Sarah

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Clean Up Day at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary

The weather forecast looks perfect, so please join us for a clean-up day at the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary on Saturday, September 1st.  We will start at 8:00 at the north end of the wooded (east) side near the dam, and work our way west to the crescent-shaped wooded area near the start of the boardwalk.  A 9:00 arrival time is fine too.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves,weed diggers, clippers, eye protection and a bucket or tarp or hauling.    
 
Thank you for your help!
Sarah

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Friday and Saturday Garden Visits

Don’t forget:

August 24 - Garden of Rosie McVay, 641 Maple Lane, Batavia 5:30 to 7:30 pm


  • Take Hwy 31 north from Wilson Street in downtown Batavia to find Maple Lane.  Follow Maple to address.


August 25 - Ball Seed Gardens, 622 Town Road, West Chicago.  9am

  • Tour starts at 9am sharp!
  • We will meet across from Ball Seed parking on Town Road in front of the main Ball Seed building at 9am.  We will view Roy Dublik's landscaping design  before going into the main gardens.  Lorayne Hrejsa will be our coordinator for the trip and meet us at the site for the tour.  If it rains, we will NOT do the tour.  
  • Directions:  Fabyan Parkway to Rt 38.  Turn right or east onto routet 38.  Continue  east to Town Road.  Turn left or north onto Town Road.  Continue on Town Road to parking lot on north or right side of street.  For those with GPS, here is the address:  



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Donated items needing a home with PDG volunteers

We are going to be the fortunate recipients of some donated garden items "to give away".  I will know more on Tuesday about how many of each that we have, but let me know if you might be interested in a heavy plastic wheelbarrow (may have up to 4 of these), a stand up/pop up greenhouse (like the ones last time), a "lay down" greenhouse (not sure exactly what this will be, but that was the description), some type of a bird bath, and maybe some patio furniture (iron) or other garden related items.  Email me at dleesharp@sbcglobal.net  Things will be given to volunteers on a first-come-first-serve basis until they are all in new homes.

Diana

Wildflower Workdate Change

The good news is that the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary got a good watering this evening.  The bad news is that we have a schedule conflict for the 25th.  The Plain Dirt Gardeners are having a tour of Ball Seed on Saturday morning, so our work day will be postponned.  The next one will be on Saturday, September 1st at 8:00.  I will send out details when it gets closer.
 
Hope to see you then!
Sarah

Saturday, August 18, 2018

ERROR IN DATE for McVay Garden

Special Notice:  The Open Garden at Rosie McVay’s house is FRIDAY, AUGUST 24.  The last email had an error in it.  Here is the CORRECT information.  Sorry for the error!!!!!

August 24 - Garden of Rosie McVay, 641 Maple Lane, Batavia 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Friday, August 17, 2018

Ball Seed Garden Tour — 9am Aug 25

We have the opportunity to view the gardens at Ball Seed.  August 25 at 9am we will meet across from Ball Seed parking on Town Road in front of the main Ball Seed building at 9am.  We will view Roy Dublik's landscaping design  before going into the main gardens.  Lorayne Hrejsa will be our coordinator for the trip and meet us at the site for the tour.  If it rains, we will NOT do the tour.  

Directions:  Fabyan Parkway to Rt 38.  Turn right or east onto routet 38.  Continue  east to Town Road.  Turn left or north onto Town Road.  Continue on Town Road to parking lot on north or right side of street.  For those with GPS, here is the address:  

622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois 60185-2698

If it rains we will not do the tour.  



Sunday, August 12, 2018

Upcoming Open Gardens

We have a number of members opening their gardens for visits this summer.  Please join us and bring a beverage to enjoy.  

August 15 – Garden of Marge Clark, 113 Dartmouth Court, Geneva 5:00 to 7:00 pm

August 24 - Garden of Rosie McVay, 641 Maple Lane, Batavia 5:30 to 7:30 pm

August 31 - Garden of Sally Janunas, 628 Carlisle Rd, Batavia. 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Wildflower Sanctuary Thank Yous and Upcoming Work Day

Thank you to everyone who helped weed and water last Wednesday at the WFS!  Thanks too, to Jo for bringing the coneflowers!  Fortunately everything got a good watering yesterday. The flowers to look for right now are the swamp rose mallows (Hibiscus moscheutos) and the cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis).   I think Kay and Dida are responsible for planting the cardinal flowers, and they are beautiful! Our next work day will be Saturday, August 25th, and I will have more details when it gets closer.  (Sorry, I know it is not the 3rd Saturday, but the 18th will not work for me.) Hope to see you then!Sarah


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Mosquito Repellant Spray Recipe

Linda told us about a mosquito spray recipe that works for her:

1/2 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
40 drops essential oils (any of these or all:  eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella, tea tree or rosemary)

Mix together and put into one 8 ounce glass spray bottle.

Spray over all portions of the body but avoid repellant in eyes and mouth.

Now that there is more moisture, the little rascals will be out in force.  Enjoy the outdoors!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Cantigny Summer Trip

August 10 we will visit Cantigny and see their newly designed gardens and enjoy lunch.  If you want to join us, we will meet at Nancy Hollmeier’s home 415 Maple Lane by 10 am.  We will park in her driveway and carpool.

Lunch is paid for by each person, so please plan accordingly for that and any other expenses

Please RSVP to Nancy at 630-482-1133 or nancydesigns2@icloud.com —— we would not like to leave someone behind. 

August 24 Open Garden Added

We have a number of members opening their gardens for visits this summer.  Please join us and bring a beverage to enjoy.  

August 7 – Garden of Kathie Johnson, 1161 Lexington Court, Batavia 5:30 pm

August 15 – Garden of Marge Clark, 113 Dartmouth Court, Geneva 5:00 to 7:00 pm

August 24 - Garden of Rosie McVay, 641 Maple Lane, Batavia 5:30 to 7:30 pm


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Wildflower Sanctuary Workday

Just a friendly reminder that we will have a work day on Wednesday, August 1st starting at 8:00.  As always, 9:00 is fine too.  We will be working in the crescent shaped area near the beginning of the boardwalk.  (at the end of the gravel road behind Riverain)  We also need to do some watering.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, eye protection, loppers, clippers, weed diggers, and a bucket or tarp for hauling.
 
The Parks Foundation will be having a clean-up day on Saturday, August 4th from 8:00 to noon at the Riverwalk.  They will provide tools, snacks and water, but ask that you bring gardening gloves and sign up ASAP with KatieD@bataviaparks.org.  Please let me know if you are planning to attend.
 
Thanks for your help!
Sarah   
 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Open garden, Tuesday Night!!!!

We have a number of members opening their gardens for visits this summer.  Please join us and bring a beverage to enjoy.  

Tuesday, July 31 – Garden of Nancy Hollmeier, 415 Maple Lane, Batavia 5:30pm

And mark your calendars for these:

August 7 – Garden of Kathie Johnson, 1161 Lexington Court, Batavia 5:30 pm

August 15 – Garden of Marge Clark, 113 Dartmouth Court, Geneva 5:00 to 7:00 pm


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Wildflower Sanctuary News, Mystery Shrub, and upcoming Activities


Thank you to Terri, Charlie, Melissa and Jo for coming out today despite the weather forecast!  The Riverwalk is a lot more tidy now!
 
Our mystery shrub is a spicebush (Lindera benzoin), and is a good native plant definitely worth saving from the grapevines.  The berries will turn bright red in the fall.  Next time you are at the WFS, crush one of the leaves a little bit, and the smell will tell you how the plant got its name.
 
The next work day will be Wednesday, August 1st at 8:00 am, and I will send out more details when it gets closer.
 
Save the date: On Thursday, August 30th, the Wildflower Sanctuary will be one of the topics presented at PechaKucha at 7:00 pm at Island View Banquets ( Batavia VFW).  For more info, see the website   https://www.pechakucha.org/cities/batavia    

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Volunteers Needed for reciprocal venture with the Volleyball Girl Volunteers who helped at our Plant Sale!

The BHS Volleyball girls volunteered and helped at our plant sale.  They toted tables, plants, helped people to their cars, and did any tasks we asked of them.  In return, we offered to assist them if they ever needed it. 

They are asking for our help on Saturday, July 28th from 10am-12pm with their "Athletes Against Hunger" program.  If you can help, they will be gathering donations for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry at the High School on Saturday July 28 from 10 am to 12 pm. The volunteers would set at a table on the Wilson Street side of the school and collect from the drivers passing by. The team will have signs for volunteers to hold and milk cartons to collect cash donations.  Micaela Hix, one of the Volleyball Team alumni will meet any volunteers at the high school at 10 to set up. 

Sue Robles is coordinating this for our Garden Club.  Please come over to the high school on the 28th and help.  If possible, let Sue know to expect you by calling her at:  Home:  630-820-1461
Cell:  630-815-8663

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sad News

Dear Friends,

Linda Dietz’s husband passed away on Sunday.  Linda has been part of our garden club for several years and we wanted to let you know.  Here is the information shared on the Moss Funeral home site for the arrangements for Robert (Bobbie) Dietz:

Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 20, 2018, at Moss Family Funeral Home. Interment will be held private at Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1501 42 nd Street Suite 230 West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

For additional information contact Moss Family Funeral Home 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com Chris, Dave and Alina O'Connor Schedule Moss Family Funeral Home Moss Family Funeral Home.

Wildflower Sanctuary Work Date and News

Come down to the Wildflower Sanctuary to see the Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa) and the Culver's root (Veronicastrum virginicum)!  I have missed you, so we will be having a work day on Saturday, July 21st at 8:00.  (9:00 is fine too, if you prefer)  We will be cleaning up weeds and overhanging plants on the east (wooded) side, along the sidewalk, working our way towards the dam.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, eye protection, weed diggers, clippers, and a bucket or tarp for hauling.
 
Thanks for your help!
Sarah   
 
P.S. The Parks Foundation will be having a Park Clean Up Day at the Riverwalk on Saturday, August 4th from 8:00 to noon.  If you are interested in helping out, please RSVP to KatieD@bataviaparks.org.  
 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

This Friday!!

Hi.  The posts yesterday had two different dates for the Sharp’s open garden. It is JULY 20th, this Friday.  Hope you can join us.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Cantigny “Road Trip”


Cantigny’s newly designed gardens are the "Summer Road Trip" destination come August 10th.   

We will carpool, leaving at 10am (site to gather will be announced).  Parking is $10 per car.  We will enjoy the gardens, stop at the café for lunch (each person pays for their own lunch), and then return to Batavia.  If the temperature is over 90 and there is high humidity, or if there is rain, the rain date for the event will be August 17th.  

 Watch this Blogspot for more information, carpool spot and to note if the event is moved to the rain date.

Open Gardens Schedule July and early August


We have a number of members opening their gardens for visits this summer.  Please join us and bring a beverage to enjoy.  

July 20 – Garden of Diana and Tom Sharp, 2s965 Shagbark Drive, Batavia 5:30 to 7:30 pm

July 31 – Garden of Nancy Hollmeier, 415 Maple Lane, Batavia 5:30pm

August 7 – Garden of Kathie Johnson, 1161 Lexington Court, Batavia 5:30 pm

August 15 – Garden of Marge Clark, 113 Dartmouth Court, Geneva 5:00 to 7:00 pm



Come Visit My Garden JULY 20th

Whoops, typing too fast!  We really have an open garden THIS Friday night.  The garden of Diana and Tom Sharp will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 pm (or there abouts!) on Friday JULY 20 at 2s965 Shagbark Drive in Batavia.  As with our plan this year, the open gardens are a "bring your own drink" event. Come join us.

Come see what is "under construction"!  

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Pottawatomie Garden Club Garden Walk this Saturday

The Pottawatomie Garden Club of St. Charles will hold their garden walk this Saturday, July 14 from 9am to 4pm.  Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 the day of the sale.  Tickets are available at PottaGardenClub.org; Blue Goose Market, Heinz Brothers Greenhouse, The Planter's Palette, Shady Hill Gardens, Town House Books and Café, and Wasco Nursery. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Come Visit My Garden.....

We are beginning the summer Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners member's visits to member's gardens.  We are delighted that members are willing to share their gardens.  If you'd like to get on the list to share yours, please let us know.  The joy of these visits is that the garden is always a work in progress....always changing, always growing, a weed here or plant that decided on its own to grow there, and a plan to tackle something else always in the works.

Our first garden visit hostess is Sue Carlson.  Sue will open the garden Tuesday July 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm (ending times for  these one-afternoon/evening only visits tend to be somewhat flexible).  Her home is located at 425 N. Prairie in Batavia.  Throughout this summer's garden visits, guests are asked to BRING THEIR OWN DRINKS. 

Come visit Sue's garden and see what great things are growing!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Thank you for Joining us for the Gardenwalk

We had a beautiful day for a Garden Walk.  The weather cooperated by watering the plants and then Saturday was breezy, sunny, and provided a great backdrop for the six gardens and the Wildflower Sanctuary viewing.  Each of the home gardens were lovely, offering ideas and a sweet respite.  The quilts displayed in each garden were a delight, from family owned pieces that mirrored the design in the home's beveled windows, to an antique grandmother's garden quilt, an autograph quilt, some 3-D quilts, and a beautiful blue and white quilt that made you want to crawl right under it in that hammock and take a nap. 

Thank you for joining us for the day and sharing in the joy of gardening with us.  Plan to join us for another walk in two years...and, if in the meantime you see a garden we might be able to showcase, let us know about it.  We are always on the lookout for mature gardens in the Batavia area.

Thank you to all who volunteered their time and talents to make this garden walk a special treat!  You know who you are!!



Thursday, June 28, 2018

Freebies - with quick turn around

Hi.  I've been approached by a local company to assist them by occasionally giving away some freebie gardening, birding, or patio items as they have overstock or the items are left over after "testing" them to see if they want to offer the items in their stores.  These items cannot be sold or re-sold but can be donated to a 501(c)(3) organization for use by its members or its programs (like our wildflower sanctuary).  The items come up available on the spur of the moment and have to be moved quickly, usually within a 24 hour window during the work week to make room for other inventory being shipped in.

If you are a club member and would like to be on an email list to get a notification about these items, please email me at dleesharp@sbcglobal.net and I will set up a private email list and let you know about items as they come up.  You would have a very short turn around window and you would have to come pick them up within a short turn around window if we actually get them (as we would not be the only organization that these things would be offered to). 

Right now, by Friday morning at 9am, we may have access to some small pop-up greenhouses to start seedlings and some indoor potted plants.  Interested?  I need to know before 9am and then see if they are still available and pick them up tomorrow.

Diana


Friday, June 22, 2018

Garden Walk THIS SATURDAY - Ticket information

The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener's Garden Walk "Stitches & Thyme" will be held June 23 from 9am to 4pm.  We are expecting mild summer weather and, just because some have asked, the walk will be held come rain or come shine.  Seven gardens and over 35 quilts will be on display. 

Tickets for $20 will be available the day of the event at the following:

Garden Walk Host/Hostess table at 126 North Prairie Street, Batavia, IL

Batavia Park District Office, 327 West Wilson Street, Batavia

Mobil Station (downtown Batavia) on highway 31

Wildflower Sanctuary, see hostess table on the downtown River Walk in Batavia

Come enjoy some lovely gardens, beautiful quilts, and spend the day in Batavia catching lunch at one of our local restaurants.  Some are offering a free drink or treat with a purchased meal if you show your garden walk ticket.

Buy a raffle ticket for the beautiful quilt donated for the event....get 6 raffle tickets for $5 or one for $1

See you at the Garden Walk!!!!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cooler Days Ahead....

Cooler weather is predicted for this week....just in time for the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener's Garden Walk this weekend.  Tickets are still $15 on our blogsite and at the Batavia Park District and the Mobil station in downtown Batavia.  Don't miss these seven "yes you can do it too" gardens of ideas for your home and the gorgeous quilts made by local artisans.  Enjoy a special treat at local restaurants over lunch by using your gardenwalk ticket.  Hosts at each of the featured gardens will be able to help you with the restaurant specials information the day of the walk.

Hope to see you and your favorite gardening pal at the walk!

Friday, June 15, 2018

All About Ferns

Tuesday, June 16 our speaker at the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardener monthly meeting will be Scott Kobal, Ecologist, for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.  Scott will give a presentation “All about Ferns”.  We hope you will join us as there are so many wonderful ferns that can add a special flair to the garden.  Come join us for social time at 6:45 pm, short business meeting at 7pm as we ready for the Garden Walk, and then, immediately following, hear Scott Kobal.  Meeting at the Batavia Public Library on Hwy 31 in downtown Batavia.  

Members - be sure to bring an update and any collection of funds from selling tickets for the Gardenwalk.  Hopefully you already saw the note about a special Bonus Garden.  We are so excited.

See you on the 16th and, hopefully again, on the 23rd!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Special Addition to the Gardenwalk!!!!

We've added a BONUS GARDEN to the gardenwalk!  We discovered a hidden treasure just across the street from one of the gardens on our gardenwalk.  The homeowner is delighted to share the property with those who go on our gardenwalk.  We will have a special sign at one of the gardens to "check out the garden across the street".  Come share in the fun!  There are five beautiful homes already part of the gardenwalk, and this adds a sixth along with our Wildflower Sanctuary (for a total of seven beautiful gardens).  All this for only $15 if you buy your tickets before the day of the sale!  Tickets are available at the Batavia Park District Office and the Mobil Station in downtown Batavia or electronically via our BlogSpot.  Tickets purchased electronically will be picked up at one of the houses on the walk (and the address sent to those buying their tickets this way!)  The gardenwalk is June 23 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Come see the splendor of these pretty gardens. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Natives need a home

Alison Bielski has some native plants that need a new home as she is doing some changes to her garden.   Interested in a little digging?  Give her a call at 847.363.4996 to get together.  From pictures, there are trillium, May apples, and Jacobs ladder and others.  She is located in Batavia at
524 Carlisle road.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Gardenwalk Ticket Sales

Just a reminder that the Garden Walk is coming up fast.  Members have tickets for sale and we want to remind them to share them with friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  If you need more tickets please call Doris Trout.  

We are expecting a wonderful day and the gardeners are excited to share their fine gardens with the ticket holders.

Members are asked to bring the information on the tickets they have sold and the funds to the June 19 meeting.  We also will share the gardens host and hostess list with members at that time.

To request more tickets call Doris Trout (630) 482-2572...leave a message and she will connect with you to get these.



Friday, June 1, 2018

Need veggies?

Dear Gardeners,
Sue Carlson has LOTS of healthy tomato and pepper plants that she would like to give away.  Please call her at 630-879-1170 if you would like to adopt some.
 

Sarah
 
                                      

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Wildflower Sanctuary News - Work Day June 6 8am

Thank you so much to everyone who helped pull weeds on Friday!!!  The weather cooperated, and the Wildlflower Sanctuary along the Riverwalk is looking much more tidy!
 
I found a gold ring next to the Riverwalk.  Please let me know if it is yours.  I also have a plastic shovel/trowel with a ribbon on it that looks like it was lost last year.
 
Our next work day will be Wednesday, June 6th at 8:00 am.  We will be weeding along the sidewalk on the east side of the WFS, starting at the bridge and working towards the dam.  The good news is that it is shady there.  If you have them, please bring drinking water, gardening gloves, weed diggers, clippers and a bucket for hauling the weeds.  
 
The Batavia Parks Foundation is looking for help with a Clean Up Day at the Riverwalk on Saturday, June 2 from 8:00 to Noon.  They will be providing tools, water and snacks, but ask that people bring gardening gloves and RSVP to KatieD@bataviaparks.org
Sarah
                     

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wildflower Sanctuary Work Day and Thank You


On Friday, May 25th, we will take advantage of the soft, damp ground at the Wildflower Sanctuary.  We plan to start pulling weeds at 8:00 am on the east side of the sanctuary, near the dam.  Please join us anytime between 8:00 and 9:30, and bring gardening gloves, eye protection, weed diggers, clippers and a bucket or tarp for hauling.  It looks like we will have perfect gardening weather!

Thank you so much to Jo and Terri for getting lots of plants planted last week, and lots of weeds pulled!
 
Thank you too, to Marge Clark for digging up and donating plants for our little prairie.  Hopefully they will be gorgeous by June 23rd for the Garden Walk!
 
 
Sarah

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Potluck and tour of the Wildflower Sanctuary

Join us Tuesday night at 6:30 pm at the Peg Bond Center (downtown Batavia, by the river) to join a tour of the Wildflower Sanctuary and learn about the spring plants and tress in the shady area.  We will then return to the Peg Bond Center for a potluck dinner.  Please bring a salad, appetizer, side dish or dessert to share.  Beverages and shredded chicken sandwiches will be provided.

Can't come at 6:30?  Come when you can.  If we are not in the Peg Bond Center, we will be on the river side of the Wildflower sanctuary under the trees.  Drop off your things and come join us for whatever part of the evening you are able to be with us.

Garden Walk Tickets - if you have sold yours, please remember to turn in the money for the tickets.  If you need more to sell, Doris will have some.

Garden Walk Quilt Raffle - we have tickets for the beautiful quilt donated to the Garden Walk.  See Yvonne and Melissa to "take a chance" on our pretty quilt.  Drawing will be held after the Garden Walk event.




Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Friday and Saturday: Plant Sale Help, Plants, and Shoppers needed

This is a BIG REMINDER that our Perennial Plant sale is THIS SATURDAY!!! May 12.
Doors open at 9 to noon to the public.

We need your plants and your help.

Set up:  Friday, May 11       2:30 pm to 8pm 
                                             at the Bethany Lutheran Church Gymnasium
                   Tarps go down on the floor about 2:30 pm and Tables go up.
                    We need your help to carry in plants, sort them, and
                     mark them from 3pm to 8pm

Sale:  Saturday, May 12
                   Workers:  Help us finalize set up from 8 to 9 and
                   stay to help us with the sale.
                   We need help to consolidate offerings about 11:00 am
                   and then put equipment away and clean gym
                   starting by 11:30 am through noon.

                   Shoppers:  Doors open at 9 to noon to the public.  

Wildflower Sanctuary - MAY news and work day

Thank you Terri for pulling about a bushel of garlic mustard last week at the Wildflower Sanctuary!  I heard that it made some pretty tasty pesto that we might be able to sample at the potluck on Tuesday. 

Our next work day will be Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 am.  You are welcome to come at 9:00 if that works better for you.  We will be cleaning up along "The Cut", and working in the grassy area and hill just south of the Riverain parking lot.  The best way to get there is from the driveway to Riverain.  Walk to the left just after you go over the viaduct.  You will see us!  Please bring gardening gloves, eye protection, clippers, loppers, and weed diggers if you have them.

 Sarah

May Potluck and Program

Please join the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners on Tuesday, May 15th for a nature walk and potluck! 

We will meet at the Peg Bond Center at 6:30 to drop off our food for the potluck.  The Peg Bond Center is attached to the band shell in downtown Batavia on Island Avenue, across from city hall.  Please try to be on time, because Josh Libman from the Kane County Forest Preserves will take us on a fun and informative walk through the Wildflower Sanctuary.  If you are running late though, you will be able to find us on the east (wooded) side. 

After the walk, we will return to the Peg Bond Center for our potluck and a brief business meeting.  We will have shredded BBQ chicken for sandwiches (or without a bun if you prefer) and a vegetarian option.  Please bring a salad, dessert, or side dish to share. 

I am looking forward to seeing everyone!
Sarah

Monday, May 7, 2018

Hurry ----- Composted Leaf Mulch - $4.00/50 lb bag

We have a special deal.  We just found out we can get composted leaf mulch that will "stay put" when you add it to your garden and infuse your soil with rich nutrients.  All this for $4.00 for a 50 lb. bag but to get this, you need to order it by THIS THURSDAY, May 10 before noon.  You will have to pick up the order and pay for it at our Perennial Plant Sale Saturday, May 12 between 9 and noon.  And, you cannot get in on this unless you order some right away.  To order, call Nancy Hollmeier at:  630.482.1133 BY NOON THURSDAY!!!!  Once it is gone, it is gone!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Wildflower Sanctuary News, Upcoming Work Day, Garlic Mustard recipes

Thank you so much to everyone who helped with spring cleaning at the Wildflower Sanctuary last Saturday, and to Anna Bakker for redecorating our kiosks!!!  Check them out when you get a chance!


Things are looking pretty tidy down there, but we will be having a SHORT garlic mustard pulling party at 8:00 am on Wednesday, May 2nd.  Feel free to bring home as much as you would like.  Here is a link for some tasty recipes: http://foragedfoodie.blogspot.com/2013/05/why-you-should-forage-eat-garlic.html  We will be meeting on the wooded side of the WFS at the top of the hill, near the compost bins. If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, weed diggers, eye protection, and a bucket or bag for hauling plants.


On Tuesday May 15, please join the Plain Dirt Gardeners for a guided tour of the WFS and pot-luck dinner.  We will be meeting at the Peg Bond Center (attached to Batavia's bandshell on Island Avenue) at 6:30 pm to drop off our pot-luck foods.  Then we will take a tour of the WFS led by a naturalist from the Kane County Forest Preserves, starting on the east (wooded) side.  After our walk, we will return to the Peg Bond Center for dinner.  The club will provide shredded BBQ chicken for sandwiches, but please bring a salad, side dish, veggie, or dessert to share.

Hope to see you there!
Sarah

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wildflower Sanctuary News and Workday THIS SATURDAY!!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped with spring clean-up last week at the Wildflower Sanctuary!  Mother Nature even cooperated to give us some good gardening weather.  Weeds were pulled, thatch was cut, trash picked up, and we discovered some beautiful bloodroot blooming.  (See attached)
 
Our next work day will be Saturday, April 21 starting at 8:00 am.  If you prefer to sleep in, 9:00 is fine too.  We will meet on the wooded side of the WFS, near the dam to finish up dead-heading last years plants.  If you have them, please bring gardening gloves, clippers, loppers, eye protection, and a tarp or bucket for hauling clippings.  
 
Hope to see you then!
Sarah