I grew up in Des Plaines, and have lived here most of my life, but, I've never joined the garden club either. Their sales are sometimes OK, sometimes rather pathetic, like this year. They said they would love some extras to sell, and I had stuff that had spread that I wanted to get rid of, so I ran home and potted up a dozen or more plants. Most of what I brought was sold before I even left, so it worked out good for both them and me. They seem like a nice group, and were very appreciative of my donation. Their meetings are during the day, and I work, so I couldn't go if I wanted. I figured it was worth going to check out the sale since it was only a 2 or 3 minute drive, just in case there was something really special. I ended up with a $1 plate of homemade cupcakes!!