Elizabeth's Garden was created at The Elaine Clark Center (ECC) in 2009, as the signature project of the Christ Child Society of Atlanta. The garden was named in memory of our past president and dear friend, Elizabeth Huffner.
Elizabeth's Garden is an organic garden that grows fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for both children and the staff to enjoy. It also serves as an outdoor sensory classroom and playground. Our members maintain the garden with monthly garden meetings. We also offer monthly cooking classes that incorporate produce from the garden in recipes and projects with the students.
In 2018, we implemented a major expansion of Elizabeth's Garden at ECC. The new garden includes a toddler playground, musical elements, a beautiful bench, paved pathways to better facilitate wheelchair access, interactive structures for the children, more raised vegetable and herb gardens, and additional landscaping. A Garden Endowment has been established to support the garden programs.
The Elaine Clark Center provides an innovative model of education, therapeutic play and experiential activities for students. Special needs children are taught in the same classroom with typical learners from ages 6 weeks to 4 years old. Heart of Hope Academy is also at ECC as a therapeutic class for 16-22 year old special needs students.