As the temperature dips below -15F, we have to ask ourselves how the perennials, buried there so deeply underground, will manage to spring to life in just a few short months. How do they do that? Is it possible the snow will melt, the grass will green, and we’ll find swallowtail butterflies dipping and dodging in the breeze?
Yes, garden friends. We will.
In the meantime, check out this eye candy from the GROW Coalition and get on your planning hat. Spring is just around the corner.
OK, just around the frozen corner.
Prairie Blazing Star, or liatris (before bloom)
Purple Prairie Clover (aromatic leaves…rub them and smell–lovely!)
Lettuces of many stripes (Thank you, Oakhill Correctional Vocational Horticulture Program!!!)
Lanceleaf coreopsis (in the rain garden)
Red Russian Kale forest (volunteered from last summer’s seeds)
- A great year for snap peas!
Folks, we’re gearing up for another growth spurt in our outdoor classroom. Check out the items in our wish list. Topping the list of fun items is an old boat or canoe we can stabilize in the garden for kids to play in. What a great use for an old boat!
We’re also looking for someone with carpentry skills to take some time to assemble raised beds. We’ll get the lumber, we’ll have it sawed into the right dimensions, and we’ll deliver it. All you have to do is screw it together into raised beds. We need them by April 20th.
Sound like someone you know could help? Put them in touch! Call Mary at 608/658-8914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that since 2010, the Van Hise Elementary Outdoor Classroom web site has had nearly 10,000 page views? We average between five and ten visitors a day, and we have had visitors from more than 15 countries across the globe.
Yep, our little garden is FAMOUS.
Check out the fine work of our friends over at the GROW Coalition. A schoolyard design gallery full of wonder! Share it with kids, and witness their reactions.
I sat in the garden, spattered
by the great drops of winter,
and it seemed to me impossible
that beneath all that sadness,
that crumbled solitude,
the roots were still at work
with no one to encourage them.
From Pablo Neruda: Absence and Presence
We must protect the forests for our children,
grandchildren and children yet to be born.
We must protect the forests for those
who can’t speak for themselves
such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.
Zitkala-Ša, Yankton Sioux Woman
That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology,
but that land is to be loved and respected
is an extension of ethics.
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
Treat the Earth well:
We do not inherit it from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
Ancient Indian Proverb
A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.
Thich Nhat Hanh