Lunch at Roland Kulla's Studio and Garden
Once again, we enjoyed a wonderful vegetarian lunch prepared by our host, Roland Kulla, and a tour of his studio and gardens. His home and studio are located in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Following lunch, several members visited The Plant which is nearby.
West Ridge Garden Walk and Post-Walk Party
Fortunately the rains stopped before our garden walk featuring 12 unique and lovely gardens in the West Ridge neighborhood on Lunt, Greenleaf and Estes Avenues between Western Avenue and Ridge Blvd. To see the garden photos, visit our Gallery 2018 page.
Following the walk. we held a party for NGS members and their guests and the garden exhibitors.
We would like to thank all of our exhibitors for having their gardens in perfect condition and the Garden Walk and party planners, Ginny Davis, Lee Holohan and Judy Ishii. We would also like to thank the NGS volunteers who helped at the registration desk and the party.
And, we especially thank Frank Jeffers, one of our exhibitors, who graciously hosted the post-walk party.
A Visit to the Openlands Lake Shore Preserve
Walking down a gentle, and wooded paved slope to the shore of Lake Michigan in Lake Forest was a delight for all. Along the path we found sculptures and a wonderful mural. After spending a short time at the undeveloped lake front, we headed back to enjoy lunch at a restuarant in Highwood. We would like to thank Nancy Wieting for organizing this excursion.
Plant Sale Volunteers
A Visit to the Prospect Heights Slough
We visited the Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission slough restoration site; our tour was led by Agnes Wojnarski. We saw the results of the ongoing volunteer effort to restore the slough to its natural state. The volunteers have removed invasive non-native plants and replaced them with native species. The PHNR commission also grows many flats of native plants behind Agnes' house. The plants are to be shared with other organizations that do similar work. We had a picnic in the front yard of Agnes Wojnarski's house and enjoyed a beautiful view of the slough.
Plant Sale Volunteers
Spring Plant Sale
Our Spring Plant Sale at Warren Park this year was a major success thanks to NGS and community members who donated plants and gardening supplies. We especially thank Diana Lynn Schilz, the Warren Park supervisor for her help. Sgt. Shawn Sisk and the Chicago Police Department 24th District Community Service staff helped setting up the tables and moving plants. Special thanks to Eva Mannaberg, the Plant Sale Organizer. We also could not have done it without the NGS members who volunteered their time and expertise in organizing and labeling the plants and providing advice to customers.
The proceeds from this event provide funding to send 4 children to Warren Park Day Camp.
.Nancy Wieting and Shelly Greenberg
NGS members listening intently
Radish plant gone to seed
Nasturtiums are edible
Veggies, herbs and edible flowers
The final drawings
Renee Lundy and Irene Vass
Walter Mannaberg - a very secure man
Throughout the year we plan field trips and social events as well as host fund-raising events such as our Plant Sale and Garden Walk. Our fund-raising supports our Community Service projects.
Members and guests of the NGS enjoyed a pot luck dinner to celebrate the holiday season. We held an "ugly sweater" contest which was won by Shelly Greenberg. We certainly appreciated members who had the courage (and wardrobes) to participate in the contest.
Special thanks to Diana Lynn Schilz and the staff at Warren Park for their help throughout the year. Thanks to Eva Mannaberg and her committee for the decorations and all their hard work.