Northtown Garden Society
Gardens at Bethany
Distribution pre-1800; 400-800 pairs
Distribution in 1983; 12 pairs
Adult piping plover
Parent with one of the chicks
Chick learning to fly
Above right: Tamina Itani
Left: Susan Szeszol, both photos
Matt with fellow bird monitors and NGS members, Jill Niland and Sig Schmidt.
Putting Your garden to Bed
Arthur Lee and NGS Member, Jeffrey Rovner
Abigail Watkins and NGS Member, Bob Radycki
Our two presenters were Abigail Watkins and Arthur Lee who represented Dispensary 33. They were helpful and informative about medical marijuana in Illinois. They answered our questions about qualifying for a medical cannabis card and the safety and quality of the products they offer.
Svalbord Global Seed Vault and Music of Nature
The Great Lakes Piping Plover Story
George Titterson, President of the Illinois Orchid Society, entertained us with his delightful presentation on growing orchids, those wonderful plants that aren't as fussy as some people believe. The Orchid Society meets at the Chicago Botanic Gardens on the 2nd Sunday of the month at noon. Guests are welcome.
Things we learned:
Doug Taron and NGS member, Kathy Kirn
Doug Taron of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Center returned for another fascinating look at butterflies we may find in the midwest in addition to the monarchs. He spoke of those who are endangered and will probably not be seen in this area again and efforts to restore the lost habitats of previously abundant species to bring them back.
NGS member, Dorothy Bird, spoke about the process (and difficulties) of developing gardens for the Bethany Retirement Home.
NGS member, Ruth Melulis, spoke about saving seeds, starting seeds indoors and growing healthy and tasty vegetables.
Urban landscape designer, Kim Kaulas, spoke about horticultural, aesthetic and maintenance issues when designing an urban garden. She provided wonderful slides showing design mistakes as well as the components of good design.
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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