In 2003, the courtyard of Suder Montessori was a huge piece of asphalt. In June of 2003, the pavement was torn up and grass was laid down with just 4 trees planted. On September 4, 2003, the Suder Peace Garden was officially dedicated. In September of 2003, a team of dedicated parents formed the first Garden Committee. They rolled up their sleeves and planted some native Illinois grasses, fruits and herb plants. In the years following, with support from Openlands (www.openlands.org), the Suder Montesssori Garden Committee built raised planting beds and benches for an outdoor classroom.
Today, the Suder Garden Committee consists of parents, teachers and administrators all dedicated to using our Peace Garden for educational pursuits. Every Suder Montessori student has regular contact with the garden: mulching, planting, weeding, watering, exploring, harvesting and eating.
The Garden Committee hosts a Saturday family volunteer event every October and April/May; as well as many after-school Garden visit days throughout the warm months of May, June, September and October.