Waters Garden

Read about how the garden is threatened with destruction now (Fall 2018).  

Read Pete Leki’s description of  Waters School & Community Gardens History here.

Our school campus has been freed from the asphalt and contains 3+acres of nature classrooms, fruit trees, grape vines, berry bushes, a fire circle, classroom gardens including potato patches, squash vines, tomato and lettuce beds, and cold frames to extend the growing season.

Native gardens with seed stock from the ancient remnant Chicago ecosystem grow deep roots underneath 4 old burr oaks, each over 300 years watching the seasons pass and land change.  Those trees were there when the river was drained away from our school campus and when our school was built.