About The Gardens

Richmond Educational Gardens & Apiary

image Richmond Education Gardens & Apiary (the "Gardens") is a joint community project between the villages of Clarendon Hills and Westmont. The Gardens will be an outdoor classroom located on a small unused public road right of way between the Clarendon Hills Public Works facility and the Downers Grove Township Highway Garage, south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Rail Road. This right-of-way is owned by both villages. Once completed the Gardens will provide a new place in our community to promote education programs about natural and organic gardening methods and our environment.

Last August, an area Eagle Scout candidate completed the apiary enclosure, observation hive and hive staging on the east side of the Gardens' site. The enclosure will be able to house five standard bee hives, three of which are already in place and ready to be filled in spring 2017. The apiary will be surrounded by surrounded by native vegetable, wildflower, butterfly, wall and rain gardens.

An educational curriculum for the Gardens is being developed by project volunteers and local schools. Hinsdale High School AP students have taken the lead on this initiative. Additionally, the SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) organization and the Conservation Foundation are assisting us with the development of the Gardens' educational materials.

With the help of a grant from ComEd, and commitments from the Village of Westmont, Village of Clarendon Hills, the Clarendon Hills Park District and other various sources, the project is approaching the halfway mark of its total budget. If you are interested in supporting the Gardens project, please use the Donations page to make a gift.


The Gardens Design

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Richmond Education Gardens & Apiary Garden Design