For many years, John Middleton School
in Skokie, IL had a large, sandy,
weedy eyesore of a front yard.
In 1999, Sue Hartman
and Karen Kaplan from the Environmental
Concerns Committee of District 73
1/2's PTA, approached Art to see
if anything could be done other than
the recommended excavation and replacement
of all the soil.
Art looked upon the
100' x 53' weedpatch as a great
opportunity to plant a sand prairie,
with the plants and grasses one
might find at Illinois Beach State
Park near Zion.
Volunteers from the
village and PTA planted the area
in sections interspaced with wide
paths surrounding an information
Art provided the plants
and advice gratis. (Art is always
real good for giving free advice.)
spring of 2000, in a moving ceremony
with representitives from the school
and village and students who also
worked on the project, our friend
Joseph Standing Bear of Midwest SOARRING,
dedicated the garden.
By the way, Joseph presided over the
Blessing and Dedication of the Loren
Fillmore Camp Memorial Wildlife Habitat
at the Pav
YMCA in Berwyn - June/July 2002,
which was Art and Linda's Wildflowers' CommunityProject for
By the summer and fall
of 2001, the Middleton Prairie Garden
was in full glory. It is being added
to, a section at a time, and stewarded
(weeded) by local volunteers.
Local Boy Scouts recently
surrounded the whole front yard with
a beautiful split-rail fence, paid for
with funds from Environmental Concerns
The are native
cactus in Illinois!
pear loves Middleton's
If you would like to help care for
this garden, please call
Sue Hartman at 847-674-6933.
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