Conservation and Environment

Expanding the awareness and interest in conservation and the environment is important to the club. A related topic is briefly presented at each month's meeting. Once a year we devote an entire meeting to an environmental issue. We have had programs on backyard wildlife habitat, permaculture, Illinois prairies and native plants, water conservation and the environmental impact of outdoor lighting at night.

The club participates in the Garden Clubs of Illinois (GCI) Milkweed to Monarchs effort to reduce the declining numbers of Monarch butterflies. We collect milkweed seed for distribution by GCI through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Members are encouraged to plant milkweed in their own gardens. Locally, the club supports the work of the DuPage Monarch Project.

About Lombard Garden Club
The Peck Homestead Garden sign

The Peck Homestead Garden, located on the grounds of one of Lombard’s historically significant buildings, features plants native to the area. This area was designed, established and maintained by the garden club for public education and enjoyment.

As a result of the club’s effort the Lombard Park District established certified Monarch Waystations in 13 parks throughout Lombard. The club donated funds to the park district for signage and certification of these sites.

The Lombard Garden Club partnered with the park district in establishing a prairie at Terrace View Park. Begun in the 1990’s members assisted with donations and volunteer labor to plant native species and remove invasive plans from the area. Recently the park district was awarded a Commonwealth Edison Openlands Grant at the encouragement of the garden club. The grant will make possible returning Terrace View to its potential as an educational native area. Garden club members will be working with the park district to educate visitors about native plants and the pollinators that rely on them. As a result visitors will be able to take away ideas for their own pollinator gardens.

Terrace View Park sign

Controlling Water

Denise Sandoval (second from the right) from the Conservation Foundation presented ideas to the club on managing and controlling our water use. Members surround a rain barrel she brought to use the of rain barrels in gardening.

Controlling Water

Monarch Waystations

Through the Conservation Committee the Lombard Garden Club donated funds to assist the park district in creating Monarch Waystations in 13 parks throughout Lombard.

Monarch Waystations