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Bringing beauty: Lansing Garden Club adds patriotic plants at Lan-Oak Park

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (June 26, 2021) – The base of the flag pole at Lan-Oak Park is starting to resemble an American flag as white, blue, and red flowers blossom — just in time for the Fourth of July.

The Lansing Garden Club is responsible for the new circular array of bushes and plants, numbering 375 in total. The Garden Club works in partnership with the Lan-Oak Park District, and this year’s projects included work at Lan-Oak Park, at both the flagpole and two Lan-Oak Park signs.

“The Lan-Oak Park District is investing in Lansing parks by covering the cost of dirt, compost, plants, mulch, and watering. These improvements benefit all Lansing residents,” said Diane Lund, founder of the Lansing Garden Club.

Lan-Oak Park is Lansing’s largest park and will host the park district’s annual fireworks display on July 3.

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Club members plant Ruby Stella d’Oro daylily around the perimeter of the flagpole garden. (Photo: Dan Bovino)

According to Lund, the Lansing Garden Club club removed the weeds from the roughly 1,100 square-foot circular landscaping area at the base of the flagpole and added compost and topsoil before planting nine white Little Henry Bushes, 186 Blue Royal Candle Speedwell plants, and 151 red Ruby Stella d’Oro daylily plants. Native plant species were planted at the Lan-Oak Park sign at 178th Street and Arcadia Avenue, including Yarrow and Bottlebrush Buckeye.

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As the flowers continue to bloom, the display around the flagpole will become more red, white, and blue. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

The Lansing Garden Club meets in the evening of the third Tuesday of each month in the lower level of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Avenue.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. What a great group of dedicated residents! Their work beautifying Lansing grounds is an inspiration for others to pitch in and show pride in their community. Thank you, Lansing Garden Club!

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