August 7th 2019
Presentation by Mary Ann Sabine - "Gardening on the other side of the world"

The August presentation by Mary Ann Sabine was a real mixture of geography, history and family reminiscences. We were all wondering how Mary Ann intended to tackle her talk about gardening in her home State of Illinois, but true to form, she had it all under control, and we were treated to a very interesting expose on part of country U.S. of A.

It was indeed, touch and go on the night, and we very nearly missed out on all the interesting photographs and charts, because “yours truly” forgot to bring his laptop to the meeting. It was only after a concerted effort by our President and our Treasurer (who had both brought their machines), that we were able to project Mary Ann's “Powerpoint” presentation. (However only after we were able to temporarily scavenge a suitable connecting cable from the venue offices – the cable was carefully replace on completion of the presentation)!

The major factor in determining the shape of gardening in Illinois appears to be the climate... The winters are much colder than most mainland areas of Australia, so much so that it would appear that no significant crops or flowers are even attempted in the colder months (down to under -15C)! So in many cases, houses were limited to “front yard”, “back yard” and in the warmer months, the vegetable garden! Produce was either consumed “fresh”, or frozen/preserved.

Most of the state is low-lying, and consists of very deep fertile soils bounded by large rivers, so growth in the warm months is very rapid.

In her parent's house, a few hardy ornamental shrubs and trees were planted directly in the soil, while others were pot grown, and were therefore able to be moved inside to shelter during the winter.
It sounds like much of the population in the area these days purchase most of their vegetables and fruit from large convenience stores!

Mary Ann Sabine

August 7th 2019
Presentation by Mary Ann Sabine - "Gardening on the other side of the world"

Mary Ann Sabine

The August presentation by Mary Ann Sabine was a real mixture of geography, history and family reminiscences. We were all wondering how Mary Ann intended to tackle her talk about gardening in her home State of Illinois, but true to form, she had it all under control, and we were treated to a very interesting expose on part of country U.S. of A.

It was indeed, touch and go on the night, and we very nearly missed out on all the interesting photographs and charts, because “yours truly” forgot to bring his laptop to the meeting. It was only after a concerted effort by our President and our Treasurer (who had both brought their machines), that we were able to project Mary Ann's “Powerpoint” presentation. (However only after we were able to temporarily scavenge a suitable connecting cable from the venue offices – the cable was carefully replace on completion of the presentation)!

The major factor in determining the shape of gardening in Illinois appears to be the climate... The winters are much colder than most mainland areas of Australia, so much so that it would appear that no significant crops or flowers are even attempted in the colder months (down to under -15C)! So in many cases, houses were limited to “front yard”, “back yard” and in the warmer months, the vegetable garden! Produce was either consumed “fresh”, or frozen/preserved.

Most of the state is low-lying, and consists of very deep fertile soils bounded by large rivers, so growth in the warm months is very rapid.

In her parent's house, a few hardy ornamental shrubs and trees were planted directly in the soil, while others were pot grown, and were therefore able to be moved inside to shelter during the winter.
It sounds like much of the population in the area these days purchase most of their vegetables and fruit from large convenience stores!