Monday, March 2, 2015

March Meeting

Join other Downers Grove Organic Gardeners members at 7 PM Wednesday, March 18 at the Downers Grove Fire Station, 5420 Main Street, for a planning and brainstorming discussion. Bring ideas for programs or field trips or other activities you would like DGOG to offer. 

Don't forget to visit the Wannemaker's Spring Garden Show on March 7 and March 8. Our own Roberta Muehlhaus will speak about Gardening the Natural Way at 3 PM Saturday, March 7. See for more information.'s always a great time to join DGOG! Membership forms are on the right side of this page, or you can get one at the meeting. Grab one for a friend!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tea Time at Spice Merchants

Thanks to Diane at the Spice Merchants in downtown Downers Grove for our interesting “tea class” in March.  We learned the history of tea as it moved around the world, characteristics of different teas, and about organic vs. non organic teas, etc.  We also tasted teas and took two samples home. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Our Plant Sale Wish List

The Plant Sale Committee started working in December to plan the event and order vegetables, herbs, annuals, and perennials. Because of the wonderful response last year, we have ordered more for 2015.

Here is a link to the list of the varieties the Committee has ordered. Remember that plant availability is always subject to spring weather, grower conditions, etc.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January Meeting

Join the Downers Grove Organic Gardeners for our January meeting at the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss Street, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21.

Kevin Hovey, urban farm and horticulture consultant, will present a program on Mushroom Cultivation. He will provide tips for growing mushrooms, such as Shitake, Oyster, and Wine Cap, at home. Kevin will also be selling dried mushrooms and kits for getting started with home mushroom cultivation.

This meeting is free and open to the public. You can join DGOG for $20 per year for individuals and $30 per year for families.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Canning Classes

Thanks to Roberta Muehlhaus and Kathy Olsen for sharing their expertise with us during two recent canning classes.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some Enchanted Evening

Thanks to Irene Hogstrom and Mark Bragen and Roberta and Skip Muehlhaus for hosting a large group of gardeners at their homes on Aug. 20. Both homes have many charms, and we were able to see them in some of the best light of the day. Thanks to Roberta for decking out her gazebo to create a delightful garden party, and thanks to all who brought food to share.
The Hogstrom-Bragen home on Gilbert Avenue.
Irene describes how Mark built their fountain.
The Muehlhaus backyard, all ready for guests.
The view from the Muehlhaus garden.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Harvest Fest

We would love to hear about your 2014 garden at our Annual Harvest Fest on Wednesday, August 20 at 6:30 PM. This year, we are taking our fest on the road. We will first meet at the home of Irene Hogstrom and Mark Bragen at 1232 Gilbert Avenue. Irene and Mark have created a Victorian garden in their front yard, and Irene will give us a twilight tour. 

Then, we’ll head over to the home of Roberta Muehlhaus, 1868 Grant Street, for a pot-luck social time with small bites. Bring a sweet or savory appetizer or dessert, and feel free to use what you grew. This is a great time to ask other gardeners about their season and compare notes. At this meeting, we will also vote on our new board.

RSVP to Roberta at Remember that the mosquitoes may attend too, so be prepared with repellent.