Green Elementary Native Plant and Butterfly Garden
Last Spring, the Green Elementary School Foundation (soon to be part of the Green Elementary Parent Teacher Organization) received a small grant from The Lowe's Toolbox for Education Program to build a butterfly garden at Green Elementary School. The garden is now starting to take shape just outside the south gate facing Wandermere Drive!
Starting in October, parent volunteers worked with David Marriott, the founder of the Monarch Program, a non-profit education and research group based in Pala Mesa, North San Diego County, to choose and fence the location and plan the garden. And on November 5th a group of hardworking Green and community volunteers planted our garden!
Over the coming weeks we'll be adding decomposed granite to complete the pathway and mulch to the beds with help from the Gecko Dad's Corps.
The butterfly garden is good for the environment, providing habitat for local butterfly species like Monarchs, Swallowtails and Cloudless Sulfurs, and will provide science opportunities for Green students such as conducting studies of plant and insect life cycles in nature, rearing butterflies in the classroom, and participating in citizen science programs to track monarchs and other native pollinators. Students can gain a sense of pride by promoting the garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat and/or a Certified Monarch Waystation for monarch butterflies. It's also a beautiful and relaxing place to stop for a while and observe nature. We welcome everyone to stop by and (gently) explore the growing garden and its inhabitants.
Finally we send a big thank you to David Marriott, the women of Alpha Delta Chi, San Diego State Chapter, Master Gardener (and Green grandparent) Lois Young, and ALL of the Green families who donated their time and effort to plant the garden. It was truly an amazing effort by all! We welcome ideas and participation to make this garden a meaningful and lasting addition to the Green community. If anyone is interested in helping, please contact the PTO!
Can you help? We still need the following:
- DG - Decomposed Granite will be installed in the pathway portion of the garden. At this point we are waiting to hear back from Amy (Official Butterfly Garden Lieutenant :), also CC:d on this email), to find out if a local vendor might be willing to donate the DG. Based on Amy's level of success we will keep everyone informed. If someone has a contact at a hard-scaping contractor (RCP etc), please let us know if you can "work some magic".
As always, the GDC and Green Elementary appreciate all of your help and support. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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