Come and tend a memorial garden

To the Editor:

I am writing to invite readers of the Herald to participate in a workday at a special Hyde Park garden. Amanda’s Garden, at the corner of 56th Street and Kenwood Avenue, near Ray Elementary School, is a space dedicated to the memory of Amanda Carter, a Ray School second grader who was killed by a drunk driver in 1990. In May of 1990, Ray students, parents and community members started a wildflower garden in her memory, and over the years this garden has been a place of beauty that has provided Ray students the opportunity to observe and work in nature. The garden has evolved and flourished over the last 24 years because of the ongoing efforts of current Ray students, teachers, parents and community members.

Every fall we gather to put the garden to bed and have a workday to pull weeds, plant bulbs and spread wood chips on the garden paths. Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. to share in this rewarding work.

Andy Carter