Cold doesn’t shut out hardy Garden Club


Temps might have taken a dive, but Garden Club kids didn’t notice on Monday. They put about 20 native plants in the ground, checked and recorded soil temperature around the courtyard, weeded, collected seeds, piled garden debris on the topsoil garden, cut back woodland sunflowers, and filled the bird feeders for the first time this year.

Another first: the Garden Club itself. More than 100 students in grades 1-5 are trading one recess a month for gardening time in the courtyard. In the photo above, first-graders eagerly sampled dried mealworms (meant for birds) after one girl passed along that her mother said they’re tasty; the girls weren’t disappointed. In the photos below, second-graders collect the seeds from Halloween pumpkins, fourth-graders plant foamflowers in the shade garden, and another group of fourth-graders learn from Belvedere Garden Club Co-coordinator Laura Noble how to plant chokeberry and buttonbush shrubs.


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