Due to the pandemic, any events sponsored by Deerpath Garden Club will be planned with members’ safety in mind. Some activities will be cancelled and  some will be modified to better ensure social distancing. Please be sure to check your email frequently for details during this time as plans continue to evolve. And, with the virus more wide-spread than last spring, don’t let your guard down–continue to wash your hands, maintain a safe distance, and wear masks to keep you and others safe. 

Welcome to Deerpath Garden Club of Lake Forest!
Ex hortorum cultu, patientia, sapientia et amicita florebunt
Through gardening, patience, knowledge and friendship will blossom.

Celebrating the Bounty of Our Summer Gardens
Photo Credit: Marge McClintock

It’s time…

…to enjoy the beauty of our summer gardens as evening light begins to fade and temperatures start to fall. This summer, more than ever, our members have loved being outside–taking walks, puttering in our yards, and cooking the bounty of our efforts, whether it is zucchini we have grown ourselves or given to us by friends. (I am thinking of you, NF!)

Even though we can see summer coming to an end, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy more walks, admire the fall colors, call a friend and share a laugh. Thank goodness for our gardens, big or small, as our love of nature has kept us going during this pandemic.

Members’ Slideshow

Photo Credit: Judi Lindgren

One can find beauty in every season, but to a gardener in the midwest, autumn is bittersweet. All that work brings so much beauty…and then, it is time to put your garden to bed.

Looking for another place to take a walk? Try driving to different neighborhoods in Lake Forest to enjoy our fellow Lake Foresters’ landscaping. Nancy Knollenberg shared a photo of her neighbor’s beautiful display along with photos of picture-perfect blossoms. Chick Hayman sent photos of her wonderful yard. Sherri Nichols took photos of the flowers around downtown Lake Forest–all very special! And of course, a great place to visit is our train station’s two gardens–the formal garden planned, tended and photographed by Terry Wright and her co-chair, Sharon Twyman as well as our memory garden pond across the street.  Photo credits in our slide show go to Chick Hayman, Sherri Nichols, Nancy Knollenberg, and Terry Wright.

Click on the arrows to move to the next slide or move your cursor away and the pictures will advance.

Garden Related Hobbies

Some members have very special, interesting hobbies that relate to gardening. Do you? And if so, will you be willing to share? It is not bragging, you know, and our members enjoy seeing what everyone is doing, especially during this period of pandemic isolation. Maggie Logan shared a couple of photos recently that truly amazed me and I asked her if these could be posted. Check out her baking skills with flower themes, inspired by her garden. And, to say Maggie has a baking skill doesn’t quite cover it. These are works of art! The wreath is made of gum paste and Maggie did this as part of a project for her classes at Pastry School. Do you have a hobby? Please don’t be shy…share your unique interests and talents and we can highlight these to inspire members with our next update!

“I have a garden of my own,
Shining with flow’rs of ev’ry hue;
I lov’d it dearly while alone,
But I shall love it more with you.”
~ Thomas Moore

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
~Helen Keller

We Are…

The Deerpath Garden Club of Lake Forest, a garden of friends serving the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Community

 We Share…

Educational programs with our membership and community

We Contribute…

Design and maintenance of civic gardens

Time, talent and funds toward local civic beautification projects

Photo Credit: Terry Wright

Thank you, Cathy Douglas, for your wonderful urn arrangements at the train station and for updating these each season! Need to get out of your house during this pandemic? Drive to the train station and take a look at the gardens and urns! As always, Sharon, Terri, and some volunteers have done a great job planning and maintaining the garden. All look beautiful! And, everyone’s help is welcome. Show up on a Wednesday morning to pull a weed or two!

More hobbies enjoyed by our friends: Check out Chick’s and Bonita’s interest in butterflies and Marge’s photography skills capturing various FUNGI growing in her yard. (Be warned as one of these mushrooms is x-rated, depending on your point of view!😊) Click here to check these out on our “Out and About” page: http://deerpathgardenclub.org/out-and-about-near-and-far/

The Spotlight is on…  
Our Recent Program from the International Crane Foundation, a non-profit in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

It is an impressive facility doing amazing work, which includes research, education, and all they can do to preserve these incredible birds, such as the endangered whooping crane along with swans, herons, and egrets. The black crowned crane is just one of many vulnerable cranes on exhibit in very natural settings. There are 4.5 miles of walking trails, interactive exhibits, and more. Click on the photo to the right to take you to their website.

For now, all events and visits to the facility are on hold due to the pandemic. They rescheduled their grand opening from June 2020 to 2021…date to be announced. But you can virtually visit by checking out these two brief video clips: Click here for the first video and here for the next.

Are you on Facebook, Garden Friends?  If so, you may want to join a public Facebook Group entitled, “Creative Gardening.”  


It is a lot of fun to skim! Members are from all over the country and range from novice wannabe gardeners just getting started to master gardeners with obvious expertise. Almost every post has a photo from the member’s own garden. Some posts are clever or funny while others ask for advice with helpful answers given by other members. Many posts may spark an idea for you. Since this is a public group, you do not need to ask permission to join, but you must have a Facebook account. Check it out.

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
                                                                                      ~Audrey Hepburn

Deerpath Garden Club of Lake Forest
Calendar of Events 

Special Note:
Only dates are listed due to the pandemic; details will be added once determined.


August 2020               Board Meeting
August 2020              Cancelled

September 2020       Board Meeting
September 24, 2020.     LF Cemetery Tour (reservation only)

deerpath garden club planting gardenOctober 2020             Board Meeting
October 20, 2020      Putting the Garden to Bed

November 2020        Board Meeting
November 2020        TBD

December 2020        TBD–Holiday Luncheon and Show 

January 2021            Board Meeting
January 2021            —

February 2021        Board Meeting
February 2021        —

March 2021               Board Meeting
March 2021               —

April 2021                  Board Meeting
April 2021                  —

May 2021              Board Meeting
May 2021              Train Garden planting to be scheduled.                 

June 2020            TBD–Annual Luncheon



Cindy Ramadan, DPGC President


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