The Edible Treasures Garden is a community vegetable garden on the site of The Field Museum. A partnership between The Field Museum, Jewell Events & Catering and The Peterson Garden Project, the garden’s mission is to demonstrate urban vegetable gardening at one of Chicago’s great landmarks, the Field Museum.

The garden will introduce visitors to a cultural treasure we all share - the value and diversity of heirloom seeds. Seed Savers Exchange (SSE), the largest non-profit seed bank in the United States, is a partner in this effort. Focusing on growing "seeds with stories," SSE founder Diane Ott Whealey selected the edibles in the garden to reveal how gardeners preserve history by seed saving, passing homegrown vegetables down from generation to generation.

The garden is tended by museum employees who donate their time. The garden was designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects and installed by Kemora Landscaping, the design and materials used illustrate that urban vegetable gardening is not only enjoyable and delicious, but beautiful, too.

Additional funding was provided by funded by Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County and Cook County Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy.


  • Jewell Events Catering is generously supporting the garden, and will participate in cooking education programs to promote healthy eating.
  • The Peterson Garden Project is supporting the garden as well as providing education to Edible Treasures gardeners, visitors and others.
  • CEDA provided financial support for the construction of the community garden.

In-Kind Partners

  • Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects designed the layout of the raised beds.
  • Seed Savers Exchange founder Dianne Ott Whealy is designing the 2012 season garden based on seeds and plants from the Seed Saver’s Exchange’s public and private collections.
  • Kemora Landscape Design constructed the garden.




The Peterson Garden Project is a volunteer organization committed to teaching people to grow their own food. We’re based in Chicago, Illinois, where we build community vegetable gardens and stronger communities, too. We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.


®2012 The Peterson Garden Project