Meetings: 2nd Tuesday @ 9:30 a.m.
Gardens, like friendships, are comprised
of collections, both varied and beautiful.
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.
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.
* = member in more than one club
Mary Lou Hiemenz
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.