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An Interview with Katie Kennicott

by Gordon Nary

Gordon: When did you and you husband Harrison join Assumption

Katie: 1999  Our son was married there.

Gordon: Could you give us some background on when and why the Assumption Garden Club was formed?

Katie: The Garden Club formed in 2010 when some landscaping was needed to cover ugly grates on the side of the church.  Father Joe mentioned it to me and the garden grew.  So many people that move to the city miss “ playing in the mud”.  The word went out that we needed help.  It took one Sunday to sign up 40 workers,  (Men and women).  Friends from the Washington Bulb donated 5000 daffodil bulbs to get started.  The annuals came from purchases at plant sales.  We have no particular theme.  We just wanted to have lots of color and variety.    My family is in the floriculture business, but this garden is our personal donation to the community and to the parish.

Gordon: How many Assumption parishioners are currently in the Garden Club?

Katie: About 40.

Gordon: The Assumption Garden is a beautiful and even spiritual oasis in River North where many people will stop by during the spring and summer to sit on the benches, eat lunch, and even meditate inspired by the beauty of the garden I understand that every week people just go to the Assumption office to compliment the staff on the garden.  About how many hours a week are devoted to devote to maintaining the garden? 

Katie: About 10 or 15.  We sometimes go over there to visit,  have coffee and plan

Gordon: I understand that Abdullah Khad|ijah who is not a member of Assumption and belongs to another denomination has been been helpful in maintaining the garden.

Katie: Abdullah has been great, but now that he has his own responsibility, he spend less time with us.  His garden will be beautiful when he finishes with it.  (You never finish with a garden).

Gordon: My favorites section of the garden is Bridget's garden which was dedicated to your granddaughter who suffers from the incurable Batten Disease. Here is a photo of the lovely Bridgit being cared for by her brother Harrison.

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