KENILWORTH – The Kenilworth Garden Club will host its spring luncheon and lecture benefit on Thursday, April 23, at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, featuring special guest speaker Bettie Bearden Pardee of Newport, Rhode Island. The event is a highlight of the Club’s yearlong centennial celebration.
Pardee is the author of books on gardening and entertaining, including her latest, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style. A former contributing editor to Bon Appétit, she produced the featured editorial, “Entertaining with Style.” In addition, she served as the host and creative producer of the 13-part PBS series “The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House.”
As a connoisseur of garden design, the art of entertaining and Newport style, Ms. Pardee’s creative lectures reflect a range of popular lifestyle topics, from “Entertaining, Newport Style…when Grace Kelly was a Guest” to “Wit and Whimsy in the Garden.”
Established on May 28, 1915, Kenilworth Garden Club was founded by Kenilworth community leader and philanthropist Anne Higginson Spicer to give women a “respectable” outlet for their energy and creativity, as well as to organize a group of volunteers to beautify the village. According to the original rules, “Any member who is not brave enough to wheel a barrow of manure down Kenilworth Avenue, if need be, is not worthy of membership.”
Spicer’s progressive vision was fully achieved, and in 1923, Kenilworth Garden Club was invited to join The Garden Club of America, bringing a whole new understanding of and appreciation for state and national issues concerning conservation and beautification.
Today, Kenilworth Garden Club participates in numerous philanthropic outreach programs on both the local and national levels. In recent years, benefit funds have been appropriated to many of Kenilworth’s public spaces, The Inner Court Garden of The Art Institute, Openlands of Chicago, the Great Basin Water Garden and the Buehler Enabling Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and to the founding of a sensory garden for the McAuley Residence of Misericordia and a dedicated flower-repurposing room at the Midwest Hospice & Palliative Care Center.
KGC has also maintained the village’s Charles Ware Memorial Garden for over 75 years and is in the process of restoring the woodland area of this historic garden to include more native species, mirroring the original plan from 1939.
Kenilworth Garden Club’s centennial benefit will be held on Thursday, April 23rd,
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Skokie Country Club, 500 Washington Avenue, Glencoe, IL. Tickets are $75 for the lecture and luncheon.
Signed copies of Bettie Bearden Pardee’s latest book, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style, will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Kenilworth Garden Club’s charitable and educational programs and projects.
The event is co-chaired by members Terri Lorenz and Diane Phillips of Wilmette. For further information or reservations, contact: Marty Shaw at 312.882.0678 or [email protected]
Submitted by Kenilworth Garden Club