With spring in bloom at Highland Park, volunteers are beautifying one garden bed that serves as a living memorial to hundreds of people whose remains were discovered in an unmarked mass grave.
Among them is Gillian Conde, vice president of DePaul, a nonprofit organization that provides support services and housing for people with special needs, including mental illness.
She plants a tiny periwinkle vinca vine next to a wooden bench.
“It does a couple of things," Conde says. "It holds back the erosion, and it also just makes a beautiful ground cover.”