Earth Day Planting & Buddhist Temple Tour

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In preparation for Earth Day, join Alderman Smith, Dabble Cares and Seventh Green Circle for a fun-filled afternoon planting native wildflowers at the Midwest Buddhist Temple’s Legacy Garden. After a guided tour of the temple, we'll plant the wildflower seed bombs that Dabble Kids made at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum last month, plus some of our own!

After, join us around the corner at the Buddhist Temple for lemonade and delicious french cookies courtesy of our friends at Old Town's world renowned bakery, La Fournette.

This event is FREE and open to the public, however we ask that everyone in your party register for the event so we have enough supplies on hand.

Adult required / 12pm (sharp)-1:30pm / Ages 6+ / 435 W Menomonee Street

Want to make a day of it? Two great morning options:

Join Seventh Green Circle for painting nature scenes and learning all about conservation.

Drop-off / 9:00am-12:00pm / Ages 6+ / $60 / Menominee Clubhouse: 244 W. Willow
REGISTER HERE

OR

Join Friends Of LaSalle For Their 8th Annual Spring Spruce Up!
Grab your rake, gloves, garbage bags or any other garden tools and head over to CPS elementary school LaSalle Language Academy.

Adult required / 9am - 12pm / Age 6+ / FREE / 1734 N. Orleans

Materials to bring

Please wear comfortable clothes and come prepared to get a little bit dirty!

What will be provided

We'll supply everything else.

Dabble Cares

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The MBT Legacy Garden, which was dedicated on June 22, 2014, is “an oasis of peace and inspiration for the Buddhist community and larger public alike,” says its designer, world-renowned landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu of Portland-based Kurisu International.
This nurturing garden was conceived to honor the first- and second-generation Japanese-American pioneers who founded the Midwest Buddhist Temple here in Chicago. With Japanese temple garden design principles, the garden is in perfect balance with the architecture of the temple. And represents a perfect thank you to the generations who made certain that the Midwest Buddhist Temple will continue to grow.

Other significant features include trees planted by the temple’s nisei members (second-generation Japanese-Americans) in honor of the issei (first-generation Japanese-Americans) who founded the temple in 1944; a handcrafted stone bowl water feature that sits at the base of the statue of Shinran Shonin; marble and slate from the highlands of China; and blue glazed roof tiles from Japan.

In the coming years, the garden will become even lovelier as the groundcovers grow and fill in—and, according to Mr. Kurisu, as the hearts of volunteer garden keepers and visitors become reflected in the Legacy Garden.

“Love has to grow,” he says, “otherwise the garden doesn’t mean anything.”

LaSalle Language Academy is first and foremost an execellent CPS elementary school. LaSalle, through it's magnet programs, gives specific emphasis on learning foreign languages and understanding other cultures. All LaSalle students attend foreign language classes daily and participate in integrated activities helping them understand other cultures and points of view.

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