The Star Garden at Evanston’s Lincolnwood School will be officially introduced to the community Thursday evening with a ribbon-cutting and a talk by a master gardener.

The school’s families built the sustainable, edible garden on the Colfax side of the school last May in the shape of a star, designed by Paul Williams, a Lincolnwood parent and professional landscape architect.

The garden beds have now been planted and are thriving with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, zucchini, squash, watermelon, and pumpkins.

The ribbon-cutting event, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, will include remarks by William Moss, a master gardener and author of the book, Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening.

Lincolnwood parents take a breather last May after some heavy digging while building the Star Garden.

Purpose of the garden, one of nine at local elementary and middle schools, is to teach students about soil, composting, and what it means to grow food organically.

Lincolnwood parents Katrina Martin and Dana Gerstein are credited with spearheading the project, funded by school families, in-kind donations, District 65, and a $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation of Whole Foods.

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Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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