Welcome Native Garden Proposal by Mary Servino, Science Specialist
Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School has a large area of weeds adjacent to a retaining wall in the front of the building. Although these weeds were recently mowed down, it would be nice to have a year round garden to welcome visitors, students, staff and parents. This garden will be designed, created and maintained by our students to attract a variety of pollinators including butterflies, bees, birds and other helpful insects all year long.
The Welcome Native Pollination Garden will provide students with a chance to apply their knowledge to a natural setting. First graders learning about animals, insects and life cycles will work alongside our fifteen seventh grade Zoo Kids to find the most desirable plants for our goals. The future of the Welcome Garden is filled with the promise of growth and beauty. For years to come, children of all ages will interact with nature and gain an appreciation for all it has to offer.
Welcome Garden Goals:
• To develop a garden area that has an impact on the environment through conservation and preservation.
• To establish an educational resource for children and adults to study and enjoy in a variety of ways.
• To create an awareness of the need to establish habitat areas for various forms of wildlife that can be done easily in gardens or backyard areas.
• To provide an opportunity for children and adults to work together towards a common goal.
• To encourage children and adults to create backyard habitats of their own.
Plant Wish List: After researching plants that attract a variety of wildlife, students should create a list that looks similar to below….
• Bee Balm
• Black Eyed Susan
• Butterfly Bush
• Shasta Daisy
• Various spices and bulbs
• Other native plants
• We have approximately 950 square feet of area in which to plant a garden.
• Weed control will be maintained by Discovery students, newspaper and mulch. We expect to use 5 yards of mulch.
• Price per plant would be about $15. The amounts of plants are unknown at this time, to be discovered by the students while they research this project.
• tools, such as shovels, spades, rakes, hoes, gloves, landscape border