Spring Plant and Garden Decor Sale

Spring Plant and Garden Decor Sale

Northtown Garden Society

Chicago, Illinois


Dr. Taron and NGS tour group

African white swallowtail cocoons

Malasia clipper emerging

Endangered Baltimore checkerspot caterpillars in cups feeding on leaves

Art on the grounds

Museum art exhibit


Holiday Party

We held our annual potluck Hoilday Party at Warren Park. We honored Nancy Seyfried, our retiring treasurer, and welcomed Mary Oellrich, our new treasurer. The food was wonderful and entertainment was provided by NGS member, Ginny Morin and her band, with the assistance of various audience members.

We wish to thank Eva Mannaberg for organizing the party, all of her helpers who set the room up and Ellen Lebedz and Chris Harvey for collecting dues.

Thanks also go to park manager, DianaLynn Schilz, and her staff for their assistance.


"Summmer in the City" - Picnic in the Park

We enjoyed a lovely early evening on the lawn at Warren Park sharing a variety of salads contributed by NGS members and playing some games.


A Visit to the Prospect heights Slough

We revisited the Prospect Heights Slough to enjoy its continued  development and beauty.


Tour of Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

On a tour led by Dr. Doug Taron, Curator of Biology and Vice-president of Conservation and Research, we visited the butterfly exhibit populated by butterflies from around the world, the lab where the butterflies emerge from their cocoons and the lab where research is being done on the Baltimore Checkerspot. This museum, located in the heart of Lincoln Park, is a true Chicago gem.

Back of Mettawa Manor

 Mettawa Manor

 Mettawa Manor

Bill Kurtis conducting tours

 Mettawa Manor

 Mettawa Manor

The Gardens at 900

The Gardens at 900

We visited Mettawa Manor (Kurtis-LaPietra Gardens) in Mettawa and the The Gardens at 900 (Craig Bergman Gardens) in Lake Forest.  These extensive properties are beautifully landscaped and require large staffs of gardeners to maintain them.  The Kurtis home was also open for touring.


Garden Conservancy Open Days Visits to Gardens of the North Shore


Rattlesnake Master

Narrow leaf milkweed

Prairie Walking Stick on Mary's hat

Nancy, Tony and Ginny

Sig, Eva and Mary


Butterfly Observation

Guided by Tony Merisko, the prairie manager from NEIU, we visited the Ginsberg Markham Prairie to observe butterflies. Although few butterflies were seen, there were plenty of plants and insects to learn about.

Renee Lundy and Irene Vass

Walter Mannaberg - a very secure man

Eva Mannaberg

Current Activities

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.

Shelly Greenberg


Spring Plant Sale

Our plant sale this year was quite successful thanks to the many NGS  and community members who donated a large variety of plants and shrubs from their gardens. The proceeds from the plant sale help to support our Community Service projects.

Many thanks go to all of the NGS volunteers who helped label, set up and sell the plants as well as to Eva Mannaberg who organized the whole thing.

"Farmer" Sarah

NGS members listening intently

Radish plant gone to seed

Nasturtiums are edible

Picking raspberries

Veggies, herbs and edible flowers

The final drawings

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