When ground was broken for the Superior High School renovation project in 2017, the Spartan Garden was boxed up for the future. It sat in storage for years, waiting for work to be finished. Unpacking began Aug. 12 in a new spot.
When visitors stop by the school’s grand opening from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 4, they can find the garden along Spartan Drive across from the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
The formal garden, with its 22-foot brick circle, was built about 15 years ago by the Lake Superior Garden Club. The group worked with the district and community partners to plant it on the school’s North 28th Street side.
At the Aug. 12 Superior School Board meeting, members of the club updated the board on the garden’s renewal. Thanks to a Superior connection — SHS alumnus J.R. Nelson of Core Landscaping gave the group a discount — the cost to reset the patio was only $5,000. The gardeners expect to spend up to $10,000 more for plants, dirt and replacements for four memorial trees. They asked the district to consider a donation of $5,000 to the club for the Spartan Garden.
The Lake Superior Garden Club has about 16 members. They also maintain gardens at the Douglas County Historical Society. The group plans to continue caring for the Spartan Garden side by side with students.
To raise funds for the project, the group is selling inscribed brick pavers that will find a permanent home in the circle. Bricks cost $100 and the gift is tax-deductible.
“It’s a nice place to put your name and your mark,” said Monica Tikkanen, the club's vice president.
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