Here is how the project went:
The pollinator garden was very successful. We purchased 13 different native New England plants from independent nurseries called Blue Stem Natives and The Monarch Gardener. We built two new raised garden beds at The Greenwood School Community Garden and both of our kindergarten classrooms participated in weeding, digging, planting, and watering the garden beds. The plants we used include: Cutleaf Coneflower, Bee Balm, Seaside Goldenrod, Grassleaf Goldenrod, Monarch Milkweed, Self Heal, Foxglove Beardtongue,Dense Blazing Star, Columbine, Anise Hyssop, Great Blue Lobelia, Mist Flower, and Blue Vervain.
Through this project I/we learned:
Through this project we learned about biodiversity in the garden. By bringing in a variety of plant species, we are hoping to attract a greater variety of insects, birds, and other wildlife.
What I/we might change:
If we did this project again we might consider adding a water feature to aid in bringing in a greater variety of wildlife.
My/our favorite part of this project was:
My favorite part of this project was teaching the children about different plants and educating them on the importance of planting natives to sustain the pollinators specific to our region. The children were so excited to get dirty planting in the beds. I loved their ongoing curiosity and enthusiasm for the garden.
Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:
Spacing the plants according to height and sunlight requirements were very important. I also found making record of each plant and labeling helpful to the students, staff, and visitors enjoying the space.