Gardening and Landscaping Club Continue to Beautify Campus

Flowers planted by The Gardening and Landscaping Club beautify the courtyard between the main building and the auditorium.

Flowers planted by The Gardening and Landscaping Club beautify the courtyard between the main building and the auditorium.

Lilly Partridge, Reporter

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The Gardening and Landscaping Club, which Mrs. Morgan advises, provides students with the opportunity to earn Learning Through Service (LTS) hours in a way that interests students who enjoy gardening and helping the environment.

The Gardening and Landscaping club meets every Friday after school for two hours starting in early fall and ending in November. During this time weeding is done, flower bulbs and plant cuttings are prepared, and students mulch the garden beds.  The club starts back up in April, students work on landscaping and planting.

Senior Jacklyn Lavoie said, “I learned the benefit of gardening and landscaping. I really enjoy seeing the final product of whatever we work on and I think it’s nice to help beautify the campus.” 

This spring, the Gardening and Landscaping Club held a plant sale. They raised money for new plants and shrubs to plant on the upper level between the outer library steps and the upper-level entrance to the building.

Mrs. Morgan said, “This would remove the necessity of having to weed-wack that area which is too steep for a mower, or that can’t be accessed by a mower in any case. An additional benefit of this project is that it promotes our goal of a ‘green’ environment, provides LTS opportunities for students, and it can be installed at no cost as we already have all the plant materials, tools, and equipment we need.”

In 2017, the Gardening and Landscaping Club applied for a grant which was fulfilled by the Waterford Board of Education. The money gave students the opportunity to buy the shrubs needed to cover the upper level between the outer library steps. This eliminated the growth of weeds and provided the school with an appealing environment.

The remaining money was spent on flowers and other plants. The club enhances the visual aspects of our school environment, teaches students landscaping and gardening, as well as providing them with many learning through service opportunities.

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