Getting Ready for the Spring

4 inches of snow on the ground today but we’re already thinking about the garden! Check out our new blog for 2015 at

(but feel free to scroll down here through our photos and stories from 2014’s garden!)


Garden Take Down

As the autumn leaves begin to descend, the students at Open Door have begun to tear down the garden. Although we were sad to pull out the plants and roll up the fencing, we feel lucky to have been part of something so beautiful this year! We are already looking forward to starting anew next spring. This blog will go into hibernation for the winter but stay tuned for new updates as soon as the snow melts. Thank you for following our garden blog and we will see you in 2015!




School Harvest Party

Arlington Hills closed up its garden season with a harvest party.  Students from our advanced ESL class, wrote recipes, planned and organized cooking teams, and cooked a meal for around 100 people! Other classes assisted with vegetable harvest, banquette set-up, and clean-up.  Our preschool children sang an apple song and the school participated in Bingo fun!  Dishes from around the world were sampled and enjoyed.  To date, our school garden has yielded over 580 pounds of produce!  That is the equivalent of 2 black bears, one female zebra, almost 4 deer, 116 chickens, 240 squirrels, or 4,384 eggs!

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“To dream a garden and then to plant it is an act of independence and even defiance to the greater world.” – Stanley Crawford

Eura came back to Open Door today and was so happy to see how big all the plants have grown! She was amazed by how tall the okra became and how beautiful the flowers looked. Great job to all the teachers and students who have helped to create such a lovely and fruitful garden!


Garden and library make perfect ones needs.  A garden means the field that was planted – fruits, vegetables, flowers.  Everyone needs daily diet to eat fruits and vegetables.  Everyone likes flowers for decoration.  All of these come from the garden.  Without the garden, there are no fruits, no vegetables nor flowers.

For example, our Open Door Learning Center has a school garden.  We planted many kinds of vegetables.  We harvest it about every week and we got over 100 lbs of vegetables.  Students can take vegetables home for food.  That means the school garden fulfills some parts of student needs.

On the other hand, about the library: A library means a place or room where there are many story books.  One proverb has said that knowledge is coming from the book.  For example, if we want to know something about knowledge, we can’t find it without books.  Therefore a library can let us know what we need.

So, if we have a garden and a library, we have everything we need.

– Open Door Learning Center student, Lwai Moo

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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero


Teacher Meghan’s class were busy picking and harvesting ripe vegetables in the South Garden. On the menu today are tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, green beans, peas, radishes, and cucumber!  The class brought home over 14 lbs of vegetables today!

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Grocery Shopping in the Garden