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