Welcome to the Eagles Forest Garden Club at Christa McAuliffe
At the end of last year, a few students pioneered the Christa McAuliffe Middle School Garden Club. Our goal was to create a campus garden where we could produce organic vegetables and fruit year round. Eventually, we could see this becoming integrated into the curriculum as an outdoor classroom, and providing fresh produce to the cafeteria. We were given a site behind the school's band room and are awaiting fencing and plumbing to a nearby drinking fountain.
In the mean time, ornamental pear trees that had graced the quad since the the school was built had become too large and, their roots were becoming a possible hazard as they could lift up the cement, so the district had them removed. It was a sad day for everyone to come to school and see them gone. What would have made matters worse were plans to cement in the squares over.
The Garden Club circulated a petition to ask the district to allow us to plant California Native flowers and bushes which would give back some natural beauty to the quad and allow for everyone an education on the plant communities of our area. We gathered over 440 signatures, and this convinced the district to dismiss plans to cement the squares. They allowed us to choose and design the squares. Since Natives are fast becoming extinct, it is a way to establish a sort of natural museum for everyone's education and enjoyment.
The Garden Club is working with the district to select plants and plan a design for one square. Once that happens, we are looking forward to planting the rest in the spring.
Garden Club Links
Life Labs: Why Garden at School?
Natives We Would Like to Plant
Diplacus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower): part of the Northern Oak Woodland plant community, drought
tolerant, needs 18 inches of water per year.
Blue Eyed Grass Sysrinchium bellum
Blue eyed grass is really a rhizomous perennial. Very drought tolerant, one inch blooms from Jan to June. Goes summer dormant with lack of water. Needs 14 inches per year. Grows almost everywhere including Oak Woodlands.
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