I work at a public high school in Chicago. We don't have a football field, or a track, or a baseball diamond. Instead, the green space behind our building is a garden. Let me take you on a little tour.
2 of 28: One of the best elements of this garden is that it has a variety of micro-environments. These flowers are growing in a rocky, sculptural area and provide early spring interest.
4 of 28: Grape hyacinth is the third type of flower that blooms early in the rocky garden landscape.
5 of 28: The vegetable beds are one of the newer additions to the garden. We're growing various lettuces, strawberries, rhubarb, tomatos, etc.
10 of 28: Another part of the garden is planted with native prarie plants, which is water-wise, easy to care for, and provides a habitat for a variety of birds, bees, and butterflies.
16 of 28: This is the memorial for our former principal, Nancy Apke, who passed away earlier this school year.
25 of 28: Trumpet Vine, also called Hummingbird Vine, getting in the act, climbing the light pole in the parking lot.