Northtown Garden Society
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, All Programs and Activities are being Altered.
Monday, May 17, 1:00 PM, Warren Park parking lot
Social Meeting, Plant Exchange, Nancy Seyfried Memorial
Note: No Zoom social meeting that evening.
Thursday, June 3, 7:00 pm, Zoom Meeting,
Thursday, June 10, Time TBA
Field trip to Loyola Dune Project
Thursday, July 8
Possible NGS Picnic, Warren Park
Sort of hidden at the back of the parking lot at the 24th Chicago Police District Station was an overgrown and little-used picnic area. NGS members, Ginny Davis and Judy Ishii, were contacted by Officer Hank Kline who works with the district's community service section to see if we would help with redesigning and coordinating the cleanup and replanting of the site. We said "Yes".
After surveying the site with Officer Kline and discussing the goals, we went to work on a plan. There was a lilac shrub and crabtapple tree to be pruned, an overgrown vinca patch to be thinned, tree stumps to be removed and weeds to be dug out. There were irises to be moved and a milkweed plant to be left right where it was. The area was surrounded on two sides by chain link fence which was to be covered by wooden lattice and vines for privacy. The area was mostly shady, the budget was limited and the biggest obstacle would be the lack of a ready water supply. Knowing all of that, Judy and Ginny raided their own gardens for shade and drought-tolerant plants. Only 5-6 plants had to be purchased.
On Saturday, August 2nd, we met with 3 police officers, Hank, Dave and Melvin, plus a group of very helpful teens from the CPD Youth League. While Melvin cut the lattice to fit the fence, everyone else pruned, trimmed and weeded. Once the lattice was installed, tne plantng could begin. In the meantime, a group of neighbors gathered in the alley to watch the progress and one of them generoulsly stretched a hose over to make watering easier. After 5 hours of work, the garden makeover was complete.
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
And the garden in early April, 2021....
Nancy and Eva
Mary and Natalie
We will continue to get together via Zoom on the 3rd Monday evening of the month at 7:00 PM to catch up with each other. So stay tuned for notifcations by e-mail.
Dave and Hank
Thanks to the beautiful November weather, Natalie Peterson, Mary Oellrich, Nancy Wieting and Eva Mannaberg planted daffodils (donated by Susan Grosshong) in the Rose of Sharon Garden. Ginny Davis took pictures. Hopefully we will have a beautiful display of daffodils in memory of Nancy Seyfried. There will be a memorial for Nancy in the Spring. (hopefully).
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