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Morton Grove Digs Into Library Community Garden

Gardeners plant seeds for a summer garden in front of the library.

The Morton Grove Public Library hosted a kick-off planting event on Tuesday to celebrate a new season of learning.

Volunteers from the the Niles West Garden Club participated, as well as children in local chapters of Camp Fire USA, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Entitled the "Global Garden," the edible community garden will play hosts to a wide variety of plants, from eggplant to okra.

"We're very pleased with how it is going," said Rosetta Metz, the head of Outreach, PR and Programming at the Morton Grove Public Library. "I think this is a wonderful project for learning and it brings the community together." Check out the video of Metz, as she makes opening remarks before the planting began on Tuesday.

In addition, some of the community garden sponsors were on-hand to help with the planting. Sponsors include: MB Financial Bank, Avon and Creative Promotions.

The planting day for the community garden was postponed . The board voted to allow plans to proceed at its most recent meeting.

"It's a beautiful day for gardening," said Trustee Paul Berg, who attended the planting day and voted in favor of the garden's existence. "I wish the kids lots of luck and hope they learn about one of the finest lifetime hobbies they can ever have."

According to Metz, the produce from the garden is intended for cooking classes at the library, a partnership with an Evanston garden group called Dawes, and the Niles Township Food Pantry.

Jennifer Alvarado June 25, 2011 at 02:22 AM
completely agreed! Thank you for keeping this program alive!

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