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The garden was spearheaded by Maggie Martinez, a lifetime resident of Humboldt Park and Block Club President. The garden started in 1995 with a grant from Chicago Botanic Gardens. The Alderman supported the project if they would involved the local school, Lowell Elementary School. The garden helped beautify the block by cleaning up the vacant lot, and it has deterred drug dealers. The garden leader, Maggie Martinez, gardens there along with residents, students, parents, and Block Club members. “There are a variety of flowers growing in the garden and a bed in the middle with herbs. Lion’s Garden hosts a variety of children’s educational gardening activities and community meetings.
Contact: maggie [at] blockclubfederation [dot] org, 773.870.0297