Formed in 1969, a group of civic minded ladies were searching for a method to provide funds for the newly formed Naper Settlement. Floral arrangements in antique containers and “weed bouquets” made using dried flowers, grasses, and weeds were created and sold at an annual antique fair that helped raise funds for the Naperville Heritage Society. One of the husbands dubbed them the “Weed Ladies” as they frequently stopped and picked grasses and weeds along roadways. The name has stayed with them fifty years later!
While remaining true to the style of the original group, today's Weed Ladies also design with silk flowers & succulents, creating designs following the current styles and trends. They maintain a memorial garden on the grounds, named after Kay Stephens, a passionate gardener and one of the founding Weed Ladies. This garden boasts several heirloom plants and others grown specifically for drying. The basement of the Daniels House serves as the drying spot where an array of colors and textures wait for the designers' use.
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