While most visitors had only two legs, we also had a few six-legged visitors surprise us during the open-house. Our guests enjoyed garden tours, coloring pages, nature drawings and butterfly greetings, and we offered lemonade with sprigs of lavender or mint for a touch of fresh herbal flavor. Our visitors were pleased to discover all three parts of our garden: the edible fruits and vegetables, the native plant pollinator garden and our sensory/herb garden. We also had families who visited other schools’ gardens, discovering interesting things happening there and bragging about all the things we love about our garden.
Districtwide, the event was a huge success because we raised awareness about the importance of school gardens in a way that we couldn’t have as individual gardens. We’ve built interest from groups, organizations and individuals who want to support the District 15 gardens in the future. We’re excited about more things the Garden Train consortium of school gardens can do together to build resources for all the schools and for all our students.