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Next Monthly Meeting

June 5, 2022

Enjoy other members’ efforts during this special day.

Program: Member Garden Tour

10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

HSCSS has returned to live, in-person meetings at our new venue in Overland – see details below. We will also broadcast via Zoom for those who cannot attend.

Meet Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 846 6776 5973 / Passcode: 900328

Join us in person for the June Tour!

Spring is indeed here, and the timing is perfect for our June 5 Member Garden Tour. This tour will include three stops, beginning in Shrewsbury, then proceeding to South St. Louis County and finally Edwardsville, where we’ll have a lunch including sandwiches provided by the society and a potluck assortment of other items.

Please bring lawn chairs and your favorite side dish, but be sure to put it in a cooler to keep things fresh during the tour. Soda and water will be available, or bring your own preferred beverage.

Please RSVP to Don Lesmeister (contact info below) if you plan to attend so we’re sure to have enough drinks and sandwiches. Tour addresses and directions will be provided in the June HSCSS Digest. All members and their families are invited.

GARDEN 1 – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Start the tour with Don Lesmeister’s collection of many rare and specimen plants.

Don and Tina Lesmeister
314-962-7132 –

GARDEN 2 – Noon-1:00 p.m.
Proceed to Eric Driskill’s home. He has many rare plants, a hardy xeric garden and an in-ground growing bed, where many plants grow faster than in conventional pots or containers.

Eric and Regina Driskill
St. Louis County
314-757-4201 –

GARDEN 3 – After 1:00 p.m.
At Mike Hellmann’s home, you can see a relatively large collection of rare and unusual plants accumulated over the years. The yard is very busy, with plants in all corners, a cold-hardy xeric garden and a koi pond.

Mike and Vickie Hellmann
Edwardsville, IL
618-444-7860 –

NOTE: Parking will be limited at all stops. Walking a block or so may be necessary, as these residences are all on city streets. Carpooling is highly recommended.


Zoom is a videoconferencing software program that allows multiple users with higher-speed Internet connections to “meet” via desktop computers and mobile devices. The Zoom web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting, and is also available for manual download at

The club sends e-mail reminders containing a link to Zoom and the meeting ID. Zoom meeting information is also provided in the Digest newsletter. If you need additional help or would like to practice using Zoom, please contact one of the following members well before the meeting:

Susan Carpentier –
Nikki Murdick –
Marge Williams –

New Non-COVID Location & Times

Jost Chemical Co.
I-170 Business Center
8195 Lackland Road, 1/2 mile north of St. Charles Rock Road
Overland, Missouri 63114

1:00-1:45 p.m. – Social hour
1:45-2:00 p.m. – Show and tell
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Program
3:00-3:15 p.m. – Break
3:15-4:00 p.m. – Business meeting

Upcoming HSCSS Events

  • January 9, 2022 – Monthly Meeting (Zoom)
    Program: Back to Basics, Part I: Soils and Pots
  • February 13, 2022 – Monthly Meeting (Zoom)
    Program: Guest Speaker Ernesto Sandoval on More Basics
  • March 13, 2022 – Monthly Meeting (In Person)
    Program: Repotting Demonstration
  • April 10: Members-Only Plant Sale
    Hundreds of plants – including rare ones – at low cost to members. 
  • May 15 – Monthly Meeting
    Program: Moving Plants Outdoors
  • June 5Garden Tour and Picnic
    Tour several of our members’ collections and hardy gardens, followed by a picnic lunch at the final tour site – Mike Hellman’s home in Edwardsville, Ill. HSCSS will supply sandwiches and drinks – please RSVP to Don Lesmeister at if you plan to attend.
  • July 16-17 Annual Show and Sale
    Note new location: Glaziers Hall (Hampton and I-44). Browse, buy and enjoy the show! There will be no judging of show plants this year, but there will be beautiful and unusual plants to view and buy.