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Art and Linda's Wildflowers specializes in turning large, empty, open areas into stunning prairie gardens. Several of their recent projects involved school yards:

Middleton School Prairie

For many years, John Middleton School in Skokie, IL had a large, sandy, weedy eyesore of a front yard. In 1999, Art accepted the opportunity to plant a sand prairie, with the plants and grasses one might find at Illinois Beach State Park near Zion.

 

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Hynes Elementary School in Morton Grove, IL, hired Art to create a new prairie on a very large, open space with a grant from Lucent Technologies.

Here's the original playground:

Hynes Elementary School


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Here's a view of the prairie a year later.

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Original view of the Oak Brook Library.

We began work in June, 2005. There were two beds, both in full sun with heavy clay soil.


A photo of the finished garden, taken in fall, 2005.

See how out of place the meticulously maintained arborvitae look behind the native plants and grasses.

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