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A Note about 2021 Events and Coping with Covid


 In spite of our continuing pandemic, the NGS Board has continued to provide very interesting and educational programs.  One benefit to remote programming has been drawing speakers from around the country. We have had speakers from Massachusetts, Ohio and southern Illinois.

Many THANKS go to Eva Mannaberg and Nancy Wieting for planning and executing such stimulating events.


Please visit our Past Programs page to see what we have done.




Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM via Zoom


Topic: Gardens to Heal


Our speaker will be,  Margot Wang, Ikebanist.  Ms Wang is:

  • President, Ikebana international Chicago Chapter
  • 2nd Term Master, the School of Ohara in Japan
  • Master Instructor, Ikebana on Halsted Chicago
  • Active Member, North American Ohara Teachers Association
  • Admin, World Ikebana Society Facebook Group
  • Docent, Chicago Lincoln Park Conservatory

Introducing Hoichi Kuris, noted designer of Japanese Gardens and his vision that gardens should provide restorative spaces for collective and individual well being. Some examples include: 

  • Oregon State Penitentiary, the first garden based on the healing concept.  
  • Legacy Garden at the Midwest Temple, Chicago. 

As well as our everyday gardens featuring natural touch and connection such as a Lily Pool landscape garden focusing on native plants. 


Insrtrucions for access to the Zoom meeting will be sent to NGS members via email.





There will be NGS Zoom meetings in January, February, and March 2022 on the first Thursday at 7:00 pm.


We will do SOCIAL Zoom meetings the third Monday in each of those months at 7 pm.


Access to the Zoom Meetings will be sent via email to members.


Coming Events

is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.

                                                        ~ Lindley Karstens

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