Northtown Garden Society
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, All Programs and Activities are being Altered.
Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM; a vitual Zoom meeting in your living room.
Birds of Illinois, a presentation by Matt Igleski
Your Zoom invitation with your code and password will be sent to you soon.
On March 16th, long-time member, Nancy Seyfried, died following an extended illness. She served as the NGS treasurer for many years and will be remembered for her meticulous bookkeeping, pleasant demeaner and love of gardening. We miss you, Nancy.
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
Dave and Hank
On July 20, 2020, Walter Mannaberg, beloved husband of Eva Mannaberg, the NGS Board Chairman, died at home at the age of 94 years. Walter, a quiet and unassuming man, was a WWII veteran serving his adopted country with honor. For more information on Walter's fascinating life and war experiences, click here.
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.
Judy and her hostas
NGS members were invited to send photos of their gardens and they are now ready for viewing. To see them, click here or click on the "More" button at the top of the page.
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