Northtown Garden Society

Chicago, Illinois


Photo from PHNRC website

Sandy Wentworth, Ruth Melulis and Eva Mannaberg


Prospect heights Slough Restoration

Five members of the Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission led by Agnes Wojnarski amazed us with their descriptions of the process of restoring a slough to its native state.  This all-volunteer group went from concept to gaining city support to obtaining funding to removing non-native invasive plants to slough restoration. The  actual slough restoration started in 2014 and in 3 years, native plants and wild life are back!

For more information visit their website.


Proven Winners


Sandra Wentworth from Proven Winners, a developer and supplier of patented annuals and perennials to nurseries, spoke to us about their process for developing and sustaining new plant varieties. We learned that:

  1. Proven Winners plants start out as cuttings, not seeds, to maintain their colors and growing habits
  2. Proven Winners plants do not go to seed and generally don't need dead-heading
  3. The plant cuttings are started at the Proven Winners facility and then sent to growers for maturation, potting and distribution to garden centers
  4. Proven Winners plants always have a Proven Winners label


It was a most informative discussion.


Gardening Panel

NGS members, Gordon Stromberg, Ruth Melulis and Ginny Davis, answered a variety of gardening questions posed by audience members. There were a few "stumpers" but other NGS members jumped right in and shared their knowledge.


Travels in the Pantanal


Patricia Weiner is a retired CPS teacher, photographer, naturalist, gardener and avid traveler. Patricia shared stories and photos of her trip to the Pantanal which is an immense tropical wetland located mostly in Brazil. It is home to hundreds of species of birds and fauna such as jaguars, caimans and capybaras. Patricia has won numerous awards for her photographs of animals and birds.
A beautiful selection of mounted photographs of Ms. Weiner's travels  was available for sale.



Patricia Weiner


Our monthly programs are usually held on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Warren Park Field House, 6601 N. Western Ave. Chicago.


We usually feature a social get-together with refreshments followed by a guest speaker.

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