In 1991, Waters School’s grounds were barren: solid asphalt for nearly an entire city block. But encased in the pavement at the south end of the lot were four colossal bur oak trees that predate the city of Chicago’s founding. Inspired by the grandfather oaks, the community—students, parents, teachers, and neighbors—steadily began chipping away at the asphalt and planting gardens in its place.
After more than 30 years of hard restoration and stewardship work, Waters Garden now boasts more than 150 species of native plants and dozens of vegetable beds tended by students and community members. We stand in awe of the space created by our community and Mother Earth, an oasis in the middle of a bustling city neighborhood filled with berries, peace, beauty, friendship, and joy.
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- Community Singing at the GardenSaturday Feb. 3, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Mark your calendars! All interested gardeners and neighbors are invited to a song circle at the Waters Garden fire pit next Saturday Feb. 3 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. We’ll get together to sing around the fire—led … Continue reading Community Singing at the Garden
- Surprise January Garden Day!If you’ve been to the garden on a wet day, you may have noticed that the main path from Sunnyside to the school becomes a bit of a muddy lake. But a solution has arrived! We recently received a load … Continue reading Surprise January Garden Day!
- Garden Winter Break + Solstice at the RiverbankWinter is rolling in, and our stewardship days will be taking a break until spring. In the meantime, Waters gardening friends are invited to our sister-site, Riverbank Neighbors Natural Area, for: Riverbank Neighbors Winter Solstice GatheringSaturday, December 23, 20231:00 until … Continue reading Garden Winter Break + Solstice at the Riverbank