Garden makeover underway at Highland Park preschool

Photos by Martha Benedict

Volunteers from Polytechnic School at work at La Casita Verde

The grounds of La Casita Verde, a Highland Park preschool housed in the historic Ziegler Estate near the Southwest Museum Goldline Station, have been transformed during the past year. As funds become available, teams  of volunteers guided by landscape designer Katharine Parra of Gung-Ho Garden Girls have worked on different phases of a  plan created by U.S. Capitol landscape architect Matthew Evans,  said Pat Griffith with the  Mt. Washington Preschools and Child Care Centers, which operates La Casita Verde.  In addition, more work and maintenance is performed by La Casita parents during monthly Gardening Parties led by landscape designer and La Casita parent Elisa Read. Now, the school is preparing for the last phase of the project and is looking for volunteers.

An article by Kim Harrison Eowan describes the upcoming garden event:

Under the direction of MWPCCC’s Executive Director Darlene Cabrera, the garden will receive its final touches—including a living, blooming tunnel—during this year’s Big Sunday event on Saturday, May 4th 2013.  La Casita has submitted a formal application to this city-wide day of action and participation (www.bigsunday.org) and welcomes all interested volunteers with open arms. With continued hard work and community investment, this neighborhood landmark will be further renewed.


  1. Elisa Read is cool.

  2. Elisa Read is cool.

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