Green thumbs – both old and young – pitched in to plant a new rooftop garden on top of the Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center on June 12. The center, the largest employer-sponsored childcare center in the city, benefits Northwestern Memorial families as well as those of campus partners.
A group of about 15 adult students from the Chicago Botanic Garden
paired up with the center’s 90 kindergarteners and preschool-aged children to plant cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, peppers, strawberries, herbs and beans. While they planted, the children also learned about composting and later released lady bugs into the soil to keep the plants healthy. The Chicago Botanic Garden students volunteered their time and gardening expertise to teach this next generation of gardeners the importance of growing fresh fruits and vegetables.
This rooftop garden was possible thanks to Lori and Rick Hannon, Hitchcock Design Group, Moore Landscape, the Chicago Botanic Garden and the childcare center.
To view photos from the event, visit the Northwestern Memorial Facebook page.
For summer gardening tips, visit the Chicago Botanic gardening blog.