Potpourri Garden Club

Organized:  April, 1978
Meetings: 2nd Tuesday @ 9:30 a.m.

Gardens, like friendships, are comprised
of collections, both varied and beautiful.

About Us

This year our club will be celebrating 41 years of gardening together! The Potpourri Club enjoys a ‘potpourri’ of experiences.

Potpourri is a fun-loving group of people who enjoy learning about and preserving nature. Our programs are varied and include opportunities to explore gardens and natural settings as well as garden centers, making garden art and meeting others who also enjoy playing in the dirt! Some members also volunteer at the Rock River Food Pantry, assisting clients to pick fresh vegetables from the Pantry Garden.

Last year’s schedule included: brunch at a member’s home followed by garden trivia, several craft sessions, a plant exchange, a visit to Nachusa Grasslands, where we were fortunate to view the whole buffalo herd. We also had a Riverwalk sculpture tour, and a ride on the Lake Geneva mail boat along with some great lunches at nearby restaurants.

Guests are always welcome at our meetings and activities which end in some form of food and fellowship. One guest remarked at a meeting that “Everybody talks to everyone!” Interested gardeners may attend 3 activities
as a guest.

We love learning about new garden trends like straw bale gardening, making our own garden art such as hypertufa garden planters, bird houses and painting garden stones.

We also take on important causes such as saving the Monarchs by encouraging the planting of milk weed plants. Preserving bee habitats is another mission. Without bees we wouldn’t be able to satisfy the appetite brought on by so much gardening! All of these things inspire us to keep trying new things in our own gardens.

We have several fundraisers throughout the year with proceeds donated to a garden-related nonprofit organization in Rockford.



2020 Potpourri Calendar of Meetings

Click here to obtain a printable schedule of Potpourri Garden Club meetings.
If interested in attending a meeting, joining our club, or just want more information, send an email through the ‘Contact Us’ feature on this page.

Contact Potpourri Garden Club

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President: Susan Schmitz

Vice President/Treasurer: Vicki Woodhouse

Secretary: Diane Donze

Caller (e-Mail and phone): Diane Donze


Potpourri 2018 community donations:

$125 was donated to each of these groups:
Nachusa Grasslands Nature Conservatory
Klehm Nancy Olson’s Children’s Garden
Rockford Rescue Mission
Hoo Haven Wildlife Rescue Service.


Members (35)

Kathy Batzkall
Debra Bieschke*
Susan Bonzi
Patti Cavanagh*
Becki Dennis
Diane Donze*
Karin Emery
Lynne Franzene-Lynde*
Shirley Freund*
Jane Gallick
Joyce Graczyk*

* = member in more than one club


Mary Lou Hiemenz
Liz Hill
Linda Horowy
Holly Howell
MaryJo Hull*
Deb Jurs*
Sue Lacerra
Maryann Miller*
Alice Moczynski*
Carol Nelson
Janne Rausa
EJ Rebman*


Mariann Reilly
Kathy Schimmoler
Susan Schmitz
Sherry Seaver
Barb Selquist
Arch Smith*
Ann Somers*
Joan Tilson
Pat Wengrow-Fouke
Vicki Woodhouse
Mary Wulff*
Barb Youngberg

Potpourri visited Event Floral on April 16, 2019 to make Easter bouquets with Jordan Calgaro, manager.
Gorgeous flowers! Click here for Event Floral’s website.

Event Floral manager, Jordan Calgaro, assists Mary Jo with bow making for her Easter basket floral.
Everyone working on their masterpieces.
Liz and Linda created beautiful arrangements!