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Winter Greetings to District IX!

Have you noticed this meme making it's way in social media?

“Anyone who thinks that gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year. For gardening begins in January with the dream." Josephine Nuese

How true.  We take this time to browse the seed catalogs, review the "bones" of our outdoor spaces and nurse our houseplants thru the darker days. But it's also a time to re-energize and focus on new objectives in our gardens and in our clubs. 

As always, there's quite a bit to share with you but I'll try to keep things brief.  

1.  Spring/Summer Plans: send me your club happenings for March, April, May & June to be included in the GCI Garden Glories magazine and to be sent to Chicagoland Magazine.  I'll need dates, times, contact info and a brief description of your event or activity. An events page will also be handed out at the District Annual Meeting in March. Deadline:  February 15th

2.  All-Star Award:  every club should be filling out this award application.  It's quick, it's good for you - sounds like a flu shot but your club could win a cash award! The form can be found at under Awards. 

Due date is February 12th.

3.  What's Landscape Design Council?  This group organizes the GCI landscape classes and they are having an annual event on February 12th. Featured speaker is Nina Koziol, "American Home Garden Design, 1830-Present". Ms. Koziol is a writer for the Chicago Tribune, Chicagoland Gardening Magazine and is a frequent speaker.  See the GCI website for information on registering for this program to be held in Westmont, IL. 

4.  VIP Award:  do you have someone in your club that goes above & beyond in their efforts? Recognize their dedication by sponsoring them for the GCI VIP Award - it's a beautiful silver charm.  Details are on the GCI website or contact Carol Ohrn, GCI First Vice President. 

5.  Last but not least - our own District IX 39th Annual Meeting & Luncheon is just around the corner.  The date is Tuesday, March 12th at the Cotillion in Palatine. After the business meeting there will be lunch, raffles, and a floral program by the entertaining & exuberant designer, Kathi Rose. She's promised to rev us up for Spring. Invitations have been sent to all club presidents and there is one attached to this email. 

Phew, that was A LOT to get thru and I didn't even mention the District flower show, August 3-4th!  Hope you stuck with it till the end.


Stay warm, start your 2019 garden dreaming and send me your club happenings!  


Debbie C. Zonca

District IX Director