Spring 2010 Now’s the Time to Order Up Vol. 46 No. 2 Some Spring and Summer Greenery by Joan Muraro In This Issue Now that February has run its cold and snowy course, spring seems a more likely Spring Plant Sales possibility and for efficient gardeners, Lincoln Lunch in Bloom Memorial Garden is readying its annual plant Yoga in the Garden sales. The 2010 Spring Wildflower and Tree Sale Ar t in the Garden will be held on April 10th and 11th, and the Photo Exhibit at Trout Lily Café Prairie Wildflower Sale will be on May 15th Memorials and 16th. As usual, both events will be held at Annual Meeting Notice the Garden’s Nature Center, and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 4 Spring Bird and Flower Hikes p.m. on Sundays. Annual Fund Campaign Still Needs The Garden tries to offer a variety of options Your Support at its sales, says Larry Miller, the head gardener Share a Meal for the Garden and arborist at the Garden. This year he has ordered 25 varieties of trees, shrubs and one Volunteer Spotlight: Polly Danforth vine—the American bittersweet. Because orders Elkhart Wildflower Hikes sometimes outrun quantities available, he Summer Ecology Camp suggests some flexibility in planning. Larry and Garden Wish List other staff will be on hand to answer questions and help with choices during both sales. Calendar of Events Miller says the trees being offered this year Tables crammed with choice spring wildflowers await savvy will include sugar maple, white flowering shoppers who take advantage of the Garden’s plant sales. dogwood, paw paw, river birch, common (Photo by Virginia Scott) —continued on page 2 Spring: Time to Re-Member This time every year, as the woodland lights on, pay the staff, and maintain a hundred renews its crown of green, the Garden invites its acres of property and the Nature Center. friends to renew their annual membership or to Membership dues alone however are not become a Garden member for the first time. enough—that is why we make an Annual Fund Members provide a critical base of support, appeal in the fall, seek grants, and welcome both financially, and through their personal donations—but it is the indispensable mem- interest in the Garden. Our membership is vital bership income we build on. to our annual budget, allowing us to keep the —continued on page 8 PLANT SALE— continued hackberry, red bud, American filbert/hazelnut, Trees are sold bare root because they adapt American persimmon, white ash, Carolina better to transplantation than those in pots or silverbell, fall witch hazel, winter witch hazel, balled and in burlap. American plum, Shumard oak, willow oak, “I tell people to plant them and jump back,” staghorn sumac, weeping willow, sassafras, and Miller says, “because they grow fast.” bald cypress. Prices for trees range from $4 to $15. Ferns Shrubs will include serviceberry, black are $5, and woodland wildflowers range from $4 chokeberry, red osier dogwood, eastern to $6, depending on pot size. ninebark, sand cherry, and nannyberry. The sand The prairie plant sale in May will feature cherry, Miller says, is a newcomer this year. favorites such as purple coneflower, Joe Pye Among the woodland wild flowers and ferns weed, prairie smoke, cardinal flower, pasture available will be wild iris, hepatica, cinnamon rose, royal catchfly, and dozens more. Prairie fern, wood fern, blood root, blue cohosh, cow plants will be priced at $5 and are primarily Visit the Garden! slip, wild geranium, ginger root, golden poppy, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Mayapple, bellwort, shooting second year plants. Start planning now to get out of the house Hours of Operation: stars, trillium erectum, trillium grandiflorum, and into the Garden in a few weeks and see NATURE CENTER trillium luteum, and Virginia bluebells. what’s waiting to help usher in springtime. 10 - 4 — Tuesday - Saturday 1 - 4 — Sunday Closed Monday GARDEN April and May are Peak 2010 Annual Meeting Garden is open every day sunrise to sunset. Times for Birds and The Annual Meeting of the Abraham Lincoln Phone: (217) 529-1111 Wildflowers Memorial Garden Foundation will be held on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, April 14th, at the Nature Center. A Spring has arrived, which means it will soon Web: www.lmgnc.org social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by be peak time for migrating birds and blooming the meeting at 7 p.m. Business will include the wildflowers at the Garden. In order for you to STAFF yearly financial report, and election of new Executive Director .......... Jim Matheis learn more about our feathered friends and board members and officers. All Lincoln native blossoms, a series of bird and blossom Education Coord. .............. Betsy Irwin Memorial Garden members are invited to time hikes will be held once again this spring. Head Gardener ................. Larry Miller attend. Bring your binoculars as Kevin Veara leads This year’s slate of officers and board Gardener ....................... Charles Allen bird walks at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, April 17th & members are: Admin. Assistant ...... Stella Mansfield 24th, and May 1st & 15th. Kevin is an extremely Treasurer ........................... Keith Burg knowledgeable and friendly bird expert. You’ll President, Board of Secretary ........................... Neil Brumleve Directors ........................ Joan Walters be sure to enjoy his hikes. Experts and novices First full 3-year term ........ Alan Loken are both welcome. Split Rail Shop Mgr. ....... Jackie Carey .......................................... Nicky Stratton The Garden’s wildflowers carpet the wood- Newsletter .................. Polly Danforth, ........................................ Bruce Strom land floors in late April, and the redbuds and Julie Dutton, Peggy Boyer Long, Sylvia Miller dogwoods are also at their peak. Join one of our Jim Matheis, Joan Muraro, Second 3-year term ........... Bill Donels and Virginia Scott expert guides to learn more about the life and .......................................... Keith Burg lore of our native woodland wildflowers. Webmaster ....................... David Hope .......................................... Barbara Rogers Blossom time hikes begin at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Past President ................... Joyce Munie April 18th, 25th, and May 2nd. 2 Spring – 2010 Annual Fund Drawing To A Close — Still Needs Your Help We are still a few thousand dollars short of this year’s goal. If you have not yet made your Annual Fund donation, I hope you will take this opportunity to once again make a very important contribution to this year’s campaign. Your gift truly does make a difference, no matter the size. Thank you so much to the following individuals and organizations who have made a recent donation to this year’s Campaign (Jan. 6th – March 2nd). Patron Alan and Susan Loken Field & Flower Garden Club $1,000 - $9,999 Mel-O-Cream Donuts International, Inc. Valle H. Funk Berta K. Cochran Michael and Kathleen Nenaber Florence Gibson Carolyn Patterson and Martin Jordan Judy and Robert Gray Sustainer Mike and Jennifer Ramm Charles A. Hanson $250 - $499 Jack and Juleann Randles Luella Hedden Helen and Dick Adorjan Homer and Carol Rieken Illinois Valley Garden Club Mike and Vickie Armstrong Nicky Stratton Itasca Garden Club Mrs. Walter F. Brissenden Dr. and Mrs. Bart Troy Jerry and Dorraine Jacobson Charles and Janet Crane Ron and Ann Tucker Scott and Julie Kaiser Kathy and Randy Germeraad Kevin Veara and Diane DeLeonardo Shep and Pat Kelly Scott and Karen Kirk Mr. and Mrs. James Weis Carol and Tom Kerins Caroline Nelson Dr. and Mrs. Neville White Melva Krey Hiram and Gaile Phillips Dennis and Kate Wilson Melinda and Pete LaBarre David and Virginia Scott Donna Wolaver Lemont Garden Club Springfield Lakeshore Improvement Cathy Yeaman Kay E. MacNeil Association Arthur W. Meyer Donor John and Sally Noble Benefactors Up to $100 Dorothy M. Nolan $100 - $249 Kris Alverson Kathy Rewerts Edward and Barbara Alewelt Jim and Cindy Appenzeller Karen and Kent Richmond Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Benson Sandra Armbruster John E. Roberts, Jr. Jim and Kay Caruso Ed and Mary Ann Armstrong Wayne Schimpff Delinda Chapman Celeste Bailey Susie Shackleton and Pat Dennis Edward and Caroline Cunningham Roger, Lisa and Anna Ball Cathy and Doug Slater Dan and Carolyn Dungan John and Roberta Beall Duane and Pat Slater Eugenia Eberle Mr. and Mrs. John Berman Anna Spengler Mary C. Eglin Mrs. K. E. Bowen Dick and Carol Suhs Linda and Mark Flotow W. David Braddock Doris Y. Swope Berry E. Gay Connie and Larry Bussard Sally Tamizuddin Kelly and Karen Grant Mrs. Lonnie H. Carter Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thompson Mrs. Gersham K. Greening Ray Case The Traina Family Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harmon Lois J. Copper Mike and Polly Ulm Highland Garden Club Loren and Sue Cowdrey Robert F. Uthoff Donald Hoffmann Bob and Marilee Cramer Jim Veselenak Glenn and Jan Jones Russell and Mary Lou Davis John and Judith Washburn Jan and David Kerwin Donald C. Durbin Charles and Rebecca Wilkin Rick and Kim Lawrence Don Ecklund Jerry and Helen Zoellner Lisa Fendrich and Dan and Zach Loyd Lincoln Memorial Garden 3 Celebrate Spring With Lunch in Bloom by Peggy Boyer Long The birds are tuning up early and our field of yellow/orange rudbeckias at Lincoln gardens are trying on colors. The bees can’t be Memorial Garden at the height of their far behind. Even to the faint of heart, it’s clear season. It won Best of Show in the juried that spring has arrived, and we think this merits exhibition of the Garden’s inaugural Art in a celebration. the Garden event last June. This prize is Come join friends and supporters of Lincoln courtesy of Garden Board President Joan Memorial Garden on Sunday, May 2nd, as we Walters. mark the season’s renewal with Lunch in Bloom, ❖ An exquisite hand-cut Austrian Swarovski an annual fundraiser at Island Bay Yacht Club. Crystal “Oyster with Faux Pearl” donated by We’ll host a social hour from 11 a.m. to noon, Jo Alessandrini. and a plated lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Pro- ❖ A unique Lincoln Memorial Garden Bench Welcome ceeds from this spring event help support the inscribed with a Lincoln quote, newly New Members Garden’s environmental education programs. constructed by our staff for your yard. This The social hour on the lower level will beautiful bench can serve as a centerpiece or Scott and Lori Reimers include champagne punch, and feature the complement your patio, garden or yard, or as Ruth Liken talent of Bells in Motion with Mike and Tami an accessory in a recreation room, or Rose and Bryan Hutchcraft Lamb. Volunteers from the Garden’s Split Rail dormitory. This prize is courtesy of Betty Legg Shop will be on hand to offer nature-related and LMG. items for sale, perfect as gifts for Mother’s Day. The lunch is $40 per person ($21 of that is We’ll also be selling chances for a drawing of tax deductible). A single raffle ticket is $5. Three fabulous prizes. raffle tickets are $10. (Those who have pur- Lunch will be served upstairs. The menu chased tickets don’t have to be present to win.) includes grilled chicken with a dried cherry Invitations and raffle tickets will be in the sauce, French Gruyere AuGratin potatoes, and mail soon. Reservations must be made by April asparagus, or a vegetarian option of Portabella 27th. Call 529-1111 for more information. mushroom stuffed with a spinach Florentine. Dessert will be Choc Choc rum brownies served warm with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with Bridge Closed for “The road to success raspberry sauce. is dotted with many At the conclusion of the lunch, members of Construction the Garden Board will award door prizes and tempting parking places.” conduct the raffle. The foot bridge on Arrowwood Trail on the north end of the Garden will be closed for —Author Unknown Among the raffle prizes: several months. Weakened and rotting supports ❖ St. Louis Cardinal Tickets. Sizzling summer made the bridge dangerous. Plans call sports action is available to the winner of for construction of a these four field box seats for a home game of new bridge this choice (based on availability), including a summer. We’re sorry parking pass. This prize is courtesy of Kerber, for any inconve- Eck & Braeckel LLP. nience this may cause ❖ George King’s “Rowdy Rudbeckias.” our visitors. This giclée print of King’s pastel, which has been matted and framed, depicts a blooming 4 Spring – 2010 Volunteer Profile – Polly Danforth by Julie Dutton Newsletter readers will recall that Lincoln Grove, she and her family would walk the trails, Memorial Garden debuted its Art in the Garden taking in the bluebells of spring and the event last year. But in actuality, it has long had fabulously-hued trees of autumn. someone involved in art for the garden. That’s “I always felt a special connection to that art as in graphic art. place and craved the peacefulness that pervades Meet Polly Danforth, a behind-the-scenes old-growth forests,” she recalls. It was destined graphic artist/volunteer who crafts the many to become a special place for another reason as newsletters, annual reports, brochures and well. In the fall of 1983 she and her husband newspaper ads that just magically appear for the married in the woods of Funk’s Grove. Garden. “I was thrilled to discover that Springfield Why is it needed? also had a natural woodland area open to the “Jim (Matheis) understands that in this public,” she recalls. “I’ve participated in a modern world there are many worthwhile causes number of nature hikes and seasonal events at competing for attention,” Polly explains. “For LMG over the years, and tell people about it Polly Danforth the Garden to attract participation and involve- every chance I get.” ment, we must use the technology and advertis- Love of nature is at Polly’s core, but some- ing that appeals to our target audience and thing else is as well. The belief in giving back. attracts visitors to experience the Garden for The small business owner asserts that, “Every themselves.” business should have at least one local ‘pro For 10 years, Polly has wielded her design bono’ account — especially not-for-profit “There are many ways to skills on LMG’s behalf, forging a more polished, organizations or causes that add to the quality make a difference. coordinated and colorful public presence/ of life in our community.” persona for the organization. Polly further notes that the amount of time Start a ripple effect that It represents the perfect intersection of her given to LMG depends on the particular project; will encourage your skills and passion. The self-employed graphic a typical newsletter issue takes some eight to ten friends and family to designer says that “.... designing for the Garden hours for layout, editing and print preparation. make a difference, too.” gives the perfect opportunity to incorporate my The graphic designer also contributes her talents love of nature into my work.“ to various publications at her church, and is It’s a long-held love. A native of southern supportive of the Illinois Native Plant Society. Illinois, Polly learned from her mother and But if Polly’s interest in native plants and grandmother about gardening, tree identifica- prairie preservation speaks to her appreciation tion, and all things nature. Growing-up years of how things were, she also brings a keen eye to often found her on her bike, out in the country how she hopes things will be. looking at plants and insects. Her high school Noting that the Garden is poised to mark its science project involved raising butterflies from 75th anniversary in 2011, she voices a wish for caterpillars. its future: “I hope that the community recog- Sometimes Polly’s nature quests took her nizes what a great asset we have, and that more farther afield: “Just after college, I traveled with people will take an active role in preserving it Grandma to visit several botanical gardens near for future generations.” the Gulf coast.” Polly urges a roll-up-your-sleeves mentality. Closer to home, Bloomington — where her “Not everyone can give money, but we can all grandparents lived — looms large in Polly’s donate time or talent to keep the Garden childhood nature experiences. At nearby Funk’s programs and events moving forward.” —continued on page 8 Lincoln Memorial Garden 5 Art in the Garden Goes Green by Peggy Boyer Long Lincoln Memorial Garden continues to find The Springfield Art Association has offered to new ways to promote the environment. This display artwork accepted for the juried exhibi- spring, were encouraging area artists to turn tion in its gallery through the first three weeks of trash into treasure and submit green creations to June. a new category in our juried exhibition, part of Entries to the juried exhibition will be our Art in the Garden summer fundraising accepted in the Garden’s Nature Center May 1st event. through May 14th. En plein air artists must Art in the Garden will be held on Saturday, submit registration forms to the Garden by June June 26th. A rain date has been set for Sunday, 15th. Entry and registration forms, as well as the June 27th. rules, are available on the Garden’s website at Artists have been invited to submit original www.lmgnc.org. work reflecting the spirit of the Garden for the Artwork accepted for the exhibition or juried exhibition and/or spend the day of created en plein air will become the property of the event creating original art outdoors, Lincoln Memorial Garden, and will be auctioned en plein air, along the Garden’s trails off to raise funds for the management and and lanes. maintenance of the not-for-profit Garden. In honor of the new juried The public will be invited to the Garden to category, a Green Ribbon will be watch the en plein air artists at work between awarded for the best Reused Artwork. “This new 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the event, and medium fits the Garden’s sustainability goals by to bid on the juried art. Children and their challenging people to repurpose materials families also will be invited to create their own otherwise destined for a landfill, and instead art outdoors using natural materials found in create interesting artwork for the home or the Garden, including sticks, leaves, and bark. garden,” says Garden Board President Joan This guided activity begins at 11 a.m. and will be Walters. Ribbons also will be awarded for Best based on Andy Goldsworthy-inspired art. of Show and five Honorable Mentions. A Goldsworthy is a world-famous sculptor, People’s Choice Ribbon will be awarded on the photographer, and environmentalist who creates evening of the event. —continued on next page Call for Artists ❖ Artists may choose to participate in the juried exhibition or the en plein air activity or both. ❖ For the juried exhibition and silent auction, a maximum of 50 works will be selected. ❖ For the en plein air activity and public auction, artists must register before the event. ❖ Artists of all ages are welcome to enter ❖ All media, except video, will be accepted ❖ Artwork must reflect the spirit of Lincoln Memorial Garden ❖ Artwork must be original ❖ En plein air artwork must be completed in the Garden on the day of the event ❖ The public will be invited to watch the en plein air artists at work For complete details on the rules and copies of entry and registration forms, go to the Gardens website at www.lmgnc.org or call 217-529-1111. 6 Spring – 2010 ART IN THE GARDEN— continued Yoga For Gardeners natural sculptures and land art from objects Come join Carol Dunaway for a beautiful found in nature and at the site of his creations. May morning of Yoga at the Garden. This His temporary and permanent sculptures draw workshop will be for those with green thumbs, out the character of their natural locations and and those who would like to have green often disappear after time back into nature. thumbs! Together we will explore yoga A public reception, including silent and postures and breathing techniques that public art auctions, will be held from 5 p.m. to help strengthen and stretch backs, 7:30 p.m. in the Nature Center. knees, shoulders, and hands to make Valuable assistance with this initiative came the physical task of gardening from members of the Illinois Prairie Pastel easier on our bodies. Society, the Sangamon Watercolor Society, the We will also be using poetry, Springfield Art Association, the Prairie Art and guided imagery to explore Alliance, and acrylic artist Delinda Chapman. the spiritual side of gardening, and caring for the earth. Participants should bring a yoga mat, and blanket. Call for Sponsors Proper body mechanics will be Individual or business taught so that students can learn sponsorship of Art in the Garden how to go from lying, squatting, offers exposure to the Springfield sitting, and kneeling to standing, area cultural community, Garden easily and safely. visitors, and members. Class size will be limited to ensure indi- vidual instruction. Chairs will be available for For $500, Major Sponsors will receive: those not comfortable sitting on the floor. ❖ Prominent display at the all-day event The cost is $35 for Garden members, and ❖ Recognition and a logo in the Garden’s $40 for nonmembers. The price includes newsletter, which is mailed to 1,500 house- educational materials. To register, send payment holds and businesses and contact information to YOGA, Lincoln ❖ Recognition and a logo on the Garden’s Memorial Garden, 2301 East Lake Drive, website for several weeks prior to the event Springfield IL 62712-8908. You can register by “Only in quiet waters ❖ Recognition in all printed and promotional phone using a credit card. materials, including a postcard mailing to things mirror themselves Carol Dunaway is a Certified Yoga Therapist, 1,000 households, news releases, the events a Yoga Teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance at undistorted. program, and promotional fliers the 500 hour level, and a Certified Stott Pilates Only in a quiet mind is The deadline for Major Sponsorship is May 1. Trainer. She is also a former nurse, and has been adequate perception teaching yoga and fitness classes for the past 8 of the world.” For $200, Associate Sponsors will receive: years. Carol specializes in helping individuals ❖ Recognition in the Garden’s newsletter overcome illness and injury on all levels, — Hans Margolius ❖ Recognition in the event program helping people truly connect mind, body, and spirit. Remember, your partnership with the For more information about Carol please Garden means support for our important work, visit her website, www.cnrgy.org. For questions and public recognition of your sponsorship. For please email her at email@example.com. information, contact Jim Matheis at 217-529- 1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden 7 Thank You To.... VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT— Joan Walters for presenting her Semester at Club for their donations of building supplies. cont’d from page 5 Sea program at the Garden. Everyone who donated items to our silent Tom Day Business Machines for donating a auction. A list of donors will be published in the She goes on to list a variety new copier. next issue of the newsletter. of ways to be of service to LMG, Prairie Farms Dairy for donating jugs to use The Sangamon County Community pointing to the need for at Maple Syrup Time. Foundation and an Anonymous Fund Donor volunteers to lead hikes, work Rosemary King, Fred and Kathy Hoffmann, for a grant which will allow children from the at events, or even run errands. and Sexton’s Landscape Concepts, Inc. for their Early Learning Center to visit the Garden on “There are many ways to make pancake breakfast sponsorships. field trips next fall and spring. a difference,” Polly maintains. Chris Martin for painting the bench for our “Start a ripple effect that will silent auction. encourage your friends and Kathy and Randy Germeraad, and Daniel, family to make a difference, Carolyn, Caitlin, and Colin Dungan, for their too.” donations in honor of William Schnirring’s birthday. Sue Lohrenz, and Stanley and Mary Jo Wasser, for their donations in honor of Edie Glosecki’s birthday. Colleen Lavin for her auction donation. Janice Hahn for donating her beautiful cards On behalf of the Garden, Jim Matheis accepts a grant check to the gift shop. provided by the Sangamon County Community Foundation and an Members of the Springfield Civic Garden anonymous donor, presented by Karen Pletsch. SPRING — TIME TO RE-MEMBER— continued from page 1 PLEASE INDICATE YOUR ❑ NEW MEMBERSHIP LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT ❑ RENEWAL Members receive benefits such as Seasons, our ❑ Railsplitter .................$ 150 NAME(s) illustrated newsletter; first notice on programs; ❑ Family Membership ..... $ 75 ADDRESS reduced fees for Summer Ecology Camp and ❑ Individual .................... $ 40 CITY various events; and a ten percent discount on ❑ Senior Citizen (65+) .... $ 30 STATE & ZIP most items in the Split Rail Shop. ❑ Life: Couple ............... $ 750 PHONE ( ) Membership renewal letters will be in the ❑ Life: Individual .......... $ 500 E-MAIL mail soon. When you receive it, please fill out ❑ CHECK ENCLOSED the renewal form, and return it with your check ❑ Business ..................... $ 75 ❑ CHARGE MY: ❑ VISA ❑ MasterCard ❑ Discover to Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 East Lake ❑ Additional suppor t for the CREDIT CARD NO. Drive, Springfield, IL 62712-8908. You can also Garden’s operation $ _____ renew your membership on-line at www.LMGNC. ❑ Interested in volunteering, EXP. DATE / org, or use the form on this page. Your annual please contact me. NAME ON CREDIT CARD membership makes the Garden grow! ADDRESS ON BILLING STATEMENT Membership fees are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 8 Spring – 2010 Cardinal posing on ice-covered branches, photo taken by Virginia Scott Our Wish List Photo of Trout Lilies taken by Virginia Scott Thank you to everyone who has donated funds for specific items on our wish list. In particular thank you to Danny and Lincoln Memorial Garden Judith Morres, Marilyn Davison, Rosemary King, Rita Kugler, and Myrtle Brady (In Memory of Gladys Gewe) who made wish list photos at Trout Lily Café donations since our last newsletter. Our current wish list includes: during April ✔ Potting soil and supplies for our spring wildflowers — $50 or more If you are in downtown Springfield during ✔ Aquarium Lights and Filters — 4 @ $35 each = $140 April, stop in at the Trout Lily Café to see color ✔ Junior Naturalist Supplies — $50 for one session photos of Lincoln Memorial Garden on display. ✔ Endowment Fund Donations (interest used for operations) — any amount Trillium, redbud, bluebells—and yes, trout ✔ Donations to Rebuild our Bridge (see page 4) — any amount lilies—will bloom on the café walls April 1st through 30th. All photographs are matted and ✔ Art In The Garden Sponsorship — $200 or $500 framed and will be for sale. ✔ A new air compressor for the shop — $200 Trout Lily Café is located at 218 S. 6th Street, ✔ Oil change for our truck — $40 between Monroe and Adams. Its owner, Kate ✔ New Members — Tell a friend about the Garden Hawkes, is a long-time supporter of the arts and ✔ Fund a summer worker for a week — $400 exhibits the work of a different artist each month. Kate supported the Art in the Garden If you can help, send a check for the cost of the item, or a portion event last June with a display of artwork to be of the cost, to the Nature Center at 2301 East Lake Dr., Springfield, offered at auction. 62712. You can also place your donation in the Nature Center’s The photographs in the April exhibit are donation box. the work of Virginia Scott, whose Natural Impressions photo greeting cards are available at the Garden’s Split Rail Shop and other local venues. Lincoln Memorial Garden 9 Share a Meal for the Garden Raise money for Lincoln Memorial Garden creative fundraiser in 2004 to help support its as you savor a fine meal—now there’s a member organizations. The concept has now fundraiser you and your friends can really sink spread to other parts of the country; hundreds of your teeth into! restaurants will partner with state or regional On Tuesday, April 13th, Maldaner’s, Tai Pan, Community Shares to raise money for local and Augie’s Front Burner will participate in the groups. annual Community Shares of Illinois Share-a- “This is a great excuse to enjoy a meal with Meal event. On this day, participating restau- friends while supporting the Garden and a local rants will donate a significant percentage of business,” says Joyce Munie, former president of their proceeds to Community Shares of Illinois, the Lincoln Memorial Garden board of directors. which promotes workplace giving and other “Chris Davis and I have been volunteer hostesses forms of support to some 80 community-based at Maldaner’s for this event for the past four organizations throughout the state. Using years, and the food there is wonderful. We really pledge cards provided at the restaurant, diners enjoy seeing all the regular Garden supporters may direct a donation to a specific organization, and meeting new people whom we can intro- including Lincoln Memorial Garden. duce to the Garden.” Community Shares of Illinois initiated this Wildflower Lovers Take Note shoes and bring insect repellent. Bill is willing to lead a special walk during The Elkhart Historical Society is sponsoring the spring flowering time just for your group if Got Plants? Elkhart Hill Wildflower Nature Walks this year. you have 15 people registered. If you are Don’t forget the Illinois Native Elkhart Hill is a great place to view spring interested in setting up a separate field trip for Plant Society’s annual plant wildflowers. your group, Bill McClain is available April 16th– sale which will be held at the The walks will be led by botanist Bill 18th, and April 23rd–25th. Washington Park Botanical Garden McClain, retired program manager from the For more information contact Peggy Lee, on Saturday, May 1st, from 9 a.m. Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Secretary, Elkhart Historical Society at 217-947- until 2 p.m. McClain has studied the flowers and history of 2046, or email@example.com. Another plant sale sure to interest Elkhart Hill for over 25 years. Everyone on the our members is the Springfield walk will receive a wildflower “bingo” card to learn the names of the flowers and to keep track Civic Garden Club’s annual plant sale which will be held on of the beautiful wildflowers they see. Memorials Saturday, May 8th, from 8 a.m. The walks are on Saturday, April 17th and A memorial donation for Robert until Noon in the U of I Extension April 24th at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The nature (Bob) Waldmire was received from J. William Building #30 at the Illinois State walk lasts approximately 90 minutes and the Hammel and Carol Whitehead. Fairgrounds. cost is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children. John Hammel and Carol, Dennis, Kathryn Registration closes on April 14th, and registra- and Sean Whitehead made a donation in tion forms are available at www.elkharthistori memory of Diane Hill. calsociety.org. The outing is on foot, so walkers A donation in memory of Gladys Gewe was should dress for the weather, wear good walking received from Myrtle Brady. 10 Spring – 2010 Register Now for Summer Ecology Camp by Virginia Scott School will be out before you know it! You Camp sessions run for five days, 8:30 a.m. can give your children a great summer experi- until 3:30 p.m., and are organized by age group. ence by signing them up for a week of Ecology Please note that Session I, for four-, five- and six- Camp at the Garden. year-olds, will be offered in the morning only. ECOLOGY CAMP 2010 What do kids do at camp? They explore the The camp schedule is shown at the right. woods, perform water studies at the cypress Camp sessions are strictly limited to 36 Session I 4, 5, 6 years grove, discover wildlife, and picnic near the participants. To register, please fill out the form June 7 - 11 Ostermeier prairie and pond. They listen to below and mail it to the Garden. No phone 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. stories, sing, play games with their fellow young registrations can be accepted. Session II 6, 7, 8 years naturalists, and engage in nature crafts—and Cancellations made at least two weeks prior June 14 - 18 much more. Activities are led by the Garden’s to the camp session will receive a 50 percent 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Educator, Betsy Irwin, assisted by three camp refund. No refunds will be available for cancella- counselors and several volunteers who are tions made less than two weeks before the camp NO ECOLOGY CAMP: Ecology Camp veterans. session begins. JUNE 21 –JULY 2, 2010 Session III 8, 9, 10 years 2010 Summer Ecology Camp Registration July 5 - 9 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. NAME ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Session IV 7, 8, 9 years July 12 - 16 ADDRESS _________________________________________________________________________________________ 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CITY _________________________________________________________________ ZIP ________________________ Session V 9, 10, 11 years EMAIL ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________________________________ July 19 - 23 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. PARENT’S NAME(S) ________________________________________________________________________________ Session VI 11, 12, 13 years PHONE (H)__________________MOM (W or Cell)___________________DAD (W or C)____________________ July 26 - 30 CONTACT PERSON’S NAME (other than parents) ______________________________________________________ 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. PHONE (H) ____________________________(W or C)___________________________ CHILD’S AGE _________ SESSION _______________________ The cost per session is as ❑ LMG MEMBER ❑ LMG NONMEMBER follows: Please let us know if there are any special conditions or allergies that LMG staff should be aware of concerning Session I (half day) — $65 per child for members (family your child. _________________________________________________________________________________________ memberships*), $80 for __________________________________________________________________________________________________ nonmembers. Additional comments: ______________________________________________________________________________ Sessions II - VI (full day) — __________________________________________________________________________________________________ $120 per child for members Photographs are sometimes taken of participants in our activities for use in Garden materials. Please indicate by (family memberships*), $150 for checking the box below if you give permission for the child you are registering to be included in these photo- nonmembers. graphs. ❑ Yes ❑ No PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE ____________________________________________________________________ * If you have not renewed your membership yet this year, a DATE __________________________________________ membership form is printed on Mail with payment to: Summer Ecology Camp, Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 East Lake Drive, Springfield, IL page 8. 61712-8908. Thank you for your continued support of our environmental education programs. Questions?? Call Betsy at 529-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Register early to avoid disappointment, because the sessions often fill quickly! Lincoln Memorial Garden 11 Calendar of Events Saturday, April 3rd Junior Naturalists: Peter Cottontail and Friends—6 to 9 year-olds will meet from 9 a.m. to Noon; and 9 to 12 year-olds will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Annual Spring Wildflower and Tree Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and April 10th and 11th 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Saturdays, April 17th, 24th, Spring Bird Hikes—Led by the Garden’s volunteer bird expert, Kevin Veara. May 1st & May 15th Meet at the Nature Center at 8 a.m. Sundays, April 18th, 25th, Blossom Time Wildflower Hikes—This is the peak blooming period at the Garden. Join one of & May 2nd our expert guides to learn more about the Garden’s wildflowers. Hikes begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1st Junior Naturalists May Day Celebration—6 to 9 year-olds will meet from 9 a.m. to Noon; and 9 to 12 year-olds will meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 2nd Lunch In Bloom—See newsletter article. Saturday & Sunday, Annual Prairie Wildflower Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m May 15th & 16th on Sunday. Saturday, May 22nd Yoga Session with Carol Dunaway. See newsletter article.