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

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few…  

Photo Credit: Mary Jacobson in her garden                         

Members’ Slideshow

Every season brings pleasure when we stop to look around. This month, our members’ photos show signs of late summer while our gardens are still in full bloom, when shadows lengthen and the days grow shorter. Late summer and fall bring their own pleasures as we begin to anticipate hardy mums, pumpkins, apples, and cooler days…sweater days! Enjoy one of my favorite songs as you view our members’ slide show and scroll through all of the information on this home page. Can you predict what the song will be?

Photo credits: Bonita Friedland, Marcia Moore, Sherri Nichols, Nancy Knollenberg, Judi Lindgren, Marge McClintock 

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

Photo Credit: Judi Lindgren

Our Telegraph Road Train Station urns have been artistically planted by member Cathy Douglas. This summer, Cathy used plants that are all pollinators! Thank you, Cathy, for creating two more beautiful container gardens and for being mindful of the environment with your planting choices.

“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

Did you know…?

Our Lake Forest Library has a “seed library” with seeds for vegetables and other wild plants that can be sown late summer. Check it out. Thank you to member Marge McClintock for this tip!

Club Photographer, Sherri Nichols told me that Nancy F. is a swinger! And, here is proof—Sherri’s photo of Nancy to show that  members do more than walk at a “garden walk!” 😉 Thank you, Nancy, for promoting our club’s special interest groups. Your leadership, along with others, has increased so many more opportunities for fun!

The Spotlight is on…  
Our Special Interest Groups…this time a small group trip to Chalet Nursery’s Farm in Wisconsin!

Four members traveled to Bristol, Wisconsin (about 40 minutes) on Saturday, July 13 for a new event, “Chalet at the Farm.”  Left to right:  Nancy Stack, Nancy Knollenberg, Rosemary McDonough, and Michele Montgomery.

We did a walking tour of the grounds and Chalet’s extensive growing houses, a guided wagon tour of a few of their 165 acres,  attended a five-star perennials demo, and purchased a few plants as well as some honey. There was even a BBQ food truck for lunch!  It was fun, interesting and well organized.

Over the past couple of years, our club has offered special interest groups as a great enhancement to our monthly programs. Any member can form a group and the activities can range from “one and done” to a series of events, such as a trip to a farmers’ market in the city, a museum outing with lunch as part of the day, learning yoga at the train station garden, and more. Each activity gives members a chance to meet, socialize, and do something fun and garden related in a small group. Members have said they have a chance to get to know one another in a way that deepens friendships. Announcements about  various special interest groups are made at our general meetings, on the website, and/or via email. All are welcome–the more the merrier!

Be on the look out, explore your interests, and come join the fun! Interest groups are open to all members and are self-funded (meaning pay as you go, if a fee is needed to cover costs.) So, what is YOUR special interest? Do YOU have an idea? If so, contact Nancy Ferch, our Special Interest Chair.

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. Program details can be found in the Member’s Section of this site.


August 15, 2019               Board Meeting
August 22, 2019               Opening General Meeting with Breakfast

September 19, 2019       Board Meeting
September 26, 2019       Sylvia’s Docent Led Tour of Graceland Cemetery

deerpath garden club planting gardenOctober 24, 2019             Board Meeting
October 31, 2019            Putting the Garden to Bed

November 14, 2019        Board Meeting
November 21, 2019     Making a Holiday Arrangement

December 2019          Holiday Luncheon and Show (Date TBD)

January 23, 2020            Board Meeting
January 30, 2020            TBD

February 20, 2020         Board Meeting
February 27, 2020         TBD

March 19, 2020               Board Meeting
March 26, 2020               TBD

April 23, 2020                  Board Meeting
April 30, 2020                  TBD

May 21, 2020              Board Meeting
May 28, 2020              Planting West Train Station Garden                 

June 2020                  Date TBD for Club Luncheon



Cindy Ramadan, DPGC President /2015-2019


To access a printable copy of the site map of the public portion of this website, click here: Site Map of DPGC Website

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