Museum Grounds Rejuvenated

Mount Prospect Historical Society Garden Committee Brings Museum Grounds Back to Life

Mount Prospect Historical Society’s garden volunteers take a break after a hard morning’s work in front of the Central Schoolhouse.

Mount Prospect Historical Society’s garden volunteers take a break after a hard morning’s work in front of the Central Schoolhouse.

The Mount Prospect Historical Society Museum Campus on Maple Street in Mount Prospect is looking a lot brighter these days, thanks to the efforts of the hard-working ladies of the Garden Club of Mount Prospect and the Historical Society Board. A group of volunteers has been baby-sitting plants from the original garden, transplanted before the historic Central School was moved to the site, at their homes.  These plants, along with additional donations from the gardeners, have found their way back home. “While there is still building restoration work to be done, the site looks so much nicer now that we have restored some of the garden space,” according to Rachel Toeppen, long-time champion of the garden.  Donations of annuals from Pesche’s Flowers in Des Plaines, and the talents of Lindy Westerfeld, a professional garden designer, have added to the garden’s beauty.  What is now a colorful summertime array of period plants and flowers was only weeks ago a large crater of mud and construction debris.

“Moving the Central School to our property certainly altered the landscape, to say the least,” commented Greg Peerbolte, the Society’s executive director.  “The Gardeners have been very patient and flexible throughout the process of moving and restoring the Central School. We very much appreciate their efforts to work with this historic building and to keep our museum campus looking beautiful.”

In addition to tending to the numerous garden areas around the Society’s museum campus, members of the Garden Club have also faithfully kept the newly-laid sod watered, which usually entails spending the duration of an afternoon placing and moving sprinklers.

Members of the Garden Club include Chairperson Arlene Juracek, Dianna Franzen, Mary Lange, Arlene Prchal, Judy Schliessmann, Mary Soyka, Jill Tumberger, Lindy Westerfield, and Chairperson Emeritus Rachel Toeppen.

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