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June 2014 Speaker - Bonsaii Trees

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on July 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Daniel Kosta spoke about growing Bonsaii Trees

Bonsai means 'Box Tree'.  It is an image of a full size tree in miniature.  There are two varieties in the United States: Indoor and Outdoor.  The Indoor trees are tropical trees and would not survive the American winters.  The Outdoor varities behave just like their full size counterparts and need the colde to go dormant.

Bonsaii trees are kept small with trimming.  It takes years to get a tree to look right....

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April 2014 Speaker - Bird Feeders

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on June 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Ron Zick from Birds Unlimited spoke to us about Bird Feeders and Bird Feed

Bird Feed

The best feed for birds contains high energy and high fat content seeds.  Birds use a lot of energy and hhave a very high metabolism.  Sunflower, Safflower, and Peanuts are good.  Most commercial bird feed contains Milo wheat and barley.  It is also a better bargain to get shelless seeds as 30% of the content cou...

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March 2014 Speaker

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on March 23, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dan Kosta gave a very interesting presentation about Roses.  He traced their liniage from ancient times all the way to the current cultivars. 

13th Century Roses

The Ancient European Rose was a rather bland flower.  It was grown mostly for medicinal purposes.  The rose oil and rose hips were used to cure all sorts of ailments.  The roses only bloomed once and in June.  There was one single flower with 5 petals.  Ther...

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June 2013 Speaker

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on June 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Tom Micheletti gave an absolutely fascinating presentation about Hostas.  He runs The Hosta Patch where he raises over 500 varieties of Hostas for sale. 

General information about Hostas

Hostas are a heardy perennial that can thrive in Zones 3 through 9.  They need a cold dormancy period of about 30 days so you cannot grow them indoors.  Hostas originated from the Orient - primarily Japan.  Most hostas are pro...

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Bill Puckett Presentation 2013

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on January 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Bill Pucket gave a two part presentation called Behind the Big Picture.  He is quite the accomplished photographer and took pictures of things you don't normally look for in gardens.

Some of the items he has picture of are

  • The different parts of a flower
    • Nectary (partthat attracts the pollinator)
    • Anthem (the Male portion, the pollen)
    • Ovary (The female portion, where the seeds are)
    • Sepal (the outer part that protects the petals, or Nect...
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March 2012 Speaker

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on April 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The March Speaker was Judy Wherley.  She gave us a calandar of activities for us to do during the Spring.  

March is a good time for pruning and cleaning up the Winter debris.  Wait until the new growth starts before cleaning...but don't get rid of all of the debris until after the threat of frost is over.  When it comes to pruning, use the 3 point cutting method for larger branches.  This will prevent the bark from tearing and damaging the plant.  Cut off ...

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February Speaker

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on February 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Beth Botts gave a presentation called "The Tired Garden and the Tired Gardener"  She gave some ideas on how to spruce up your garden and how to make gardening easier.

The first suggestion was to decide who you are and what you want your garden to be like.  It should reflect the "you" that you are now.  You should design your garden around your current life.  You do not need the same garden you did 15 years ago.  Some examples are:  You don't need to plant 1...

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June 2011 Speaker

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on August 6, 2011 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Our speaker for June was Nick Janakas. He is a Master Gardener who s...

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April 2011 Speaker

Posted by Geoffrey Lacina on April 24, 2011 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The April speaker was Beth Botts. She is the Senior Editor of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. She gave us a slide presentation on how to grow vegetables in very small or unusual places.

She showed us a slide of a person growing lettuce in gutters placed on the side of her house. She also showed us a picture of the first certified Organic Farm on the Roof of a building! Beth has a thriving vegetable garden on her back porch.

Beth discussed Intensive Garde...

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Raising Monarch Butterflies

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on January 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM Comments comments (0)

Bob Erlich spoke at our January meeting about how to raise Monarch Butterflies.  He got interested in this hobby when he accidently brought home some caterpillars one day.  Since then he has been touring the area trying to get people interested in joining him.  You can set up a Monarch Way Station if you are not interested in actually raising butterfiles.  Bob and three other people raised and released over 500 butterflies last year. 


To attra...

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