Robin Wall Kimmerer writes “People often ask me what one thing I would recommend to restore the relationship between land and people. My answer is almost always, “plant a garden.” It’s good for the health of the earth and it’s good for the health of people.” (Braiding Sweetgrass, pg. 126).
The grade 3/4 teaching team and students have worked incredibly hard this year learning about and designing our “dream” garden”. As a collective, our dream garden includes an Indigenous garden, a pollinator garden, and an edible garden. We have recently received a $1000 grant for this journey to begin. Currently, students are growing a large variety of wildflowers which are native to Alberta. They have spent a great detail of time learning about each wildflower they chose to grow, as well as native bumble bees of Alberta. In creating a school garden, our aim is to create a rich learning environment, where the flowers and pollinators are the teacher, in an attempt to foster a deeper connection to the environment.
We plan to create three raised garden beds on our school property. Once outdoor growing conditions are optimal, we will transfer our plants from our indoor greenhouse to the garden beds. Along with learning about pollinators (specifically bees) and plants/flowers, students have also spent a great deal learning about pollinator habitats and how we can best utilize our outdoor spaces to create new homes for our pollinator friends. Students are keen to build bee homes made of reused/recycled materials such as ceramic mugs, logs, tin cans, etc. We hope this learning space will become utilized by all members of school and local community. Students also wish to create outdoor signage that contains information about bee and plant care.
Current plants being grown for our pollinator garden:
– Alberta wildflower mix
– Canada Anemone
– Forget Me Nots
– Wood Lily
– Morning Glory
– Smooth Fleabane
– Canada Goldenrod