North Edgebrook Civic Association

NECA 2018-19 Membership Drive

We ask an additional $1.75 to cover the PayPal fees. The total is $36.75.

We are now collecting for 2018-19! Please send $35.00 by check or $36.75 by PayPal.
Membership checks payable to "NECA" ($35) should be sent to
Erick Robertson
7136 N. McAlpin

If you would like to make a donation beyond your membership fee, it is of course appreciated. You may use the button below to donate any amount you wish. Thank you!

North Edgebrook Greening Project

Next time you are welcomed home by North Edgebrook's iconic Welcome to North Edgebrook signs, imagine seeing small public gardens planted below the signs by you or a North Edgebrook neighbor. Yes, even a few plants in a public space can educate, inspire, and make a statement. Meinke Garden Center is partnering with NECA on these community gardens and will give a 20% discount on all plants purchased for the Project when you present your North Edgebrook Greening card at the cash register. [If you talk with the elder Henry Meinke, he may refer to North Edgebrook as the "Schuett Farm" - that's what the area was called before it was sold and developed. The Schuetts lived in the large brick house at what is now 7040 Tahoma and his brother in the equally large Dutch Colonial addressed now as 7034 Mankato. The brothers ran a farm stand on Touhy]. Whether you go with annuals or perennials or a mix of both, keep in mind all plants need water so a smaller scale design might be more manageable.

These are the steps to have one of these little garden plots entrusted to your care:

  1. Drive the boundaries of North Edgebrook and identify a sign you want to design, enrich and sustain with a plantings of your choice.
  2. Notify NECA by contacting Peg Benson that you will be gardening at the sign by accurately describing the location of the sign with reference to nearest streets.
  3. Provide your name, address and telephone number so your Greening Project card can be mailed to you so you can receive the Meinke discount.
Once a sign has been claimed, a posting to Nextdoor Edgebrook will be made indicating it has been spoken for. IF YOU HAVE BEEN PLANTING THE SIGN in past years and intend to do so again this year, please claim the spot IMMEDIATELY by contacting Peg Benson. Remember, Neighbors, any signs not claimed will remain barren land. With enough volunteers, no sign will be left with fallow ground beneath it.

Chicago has a long history of public gardens dating to 1890, the year the Chicago Horticultural Society was launched. The City's motto' "Urbs in Horto" - City in a Garden - was adopted in 1837. Let's grow the tradition in North Edgebrook.

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