Garden Name: Olmsted Butterfly Garden Year Founded: 2014 Grades: PreK to 4th Plants Grown: Flowering bushes, perennial pollinators
From the Gardeners
Our school garden planning began in the Spring of 2014 and we broke ground in the Spring of 2015. Our initial plan was to create a pollinator garden that could be used as an “outdoor classroom” and provide students with a direct connection to nature, both the plant and animal worlds.
Students at Frederick Law Olmsted 64 participate in the growth and development of the garden and use it as a resource for scientific study, development of observational skills and as a source for creative writing and art projects.
Pre-K and Kindergarteners delight in “bug searches” in the Spring, 1st and 2nd graders release butterflies every year, and our 3rd and 4th graders help plant annuals in June. Our after-school students start seeds after the April break, they either plant them in the garden or take them home at the end of the school year.
During the summer our students and their families take turns watering and weeding the garden, each of them taking pride in being a part of our school community.
In the Spring of 2017 we added a rock garden around our flagpole at the school’s main entrance. This garden is full of succulents and other drought tolerant plants which also attract pollinators and help to beautify our school.