For 15 years, Melanie Markowski has helped the Junior Garden at Windsor Manor Elementary School blossom. But all good things, it seems, eventually come to an end.
Markowski, of Windsor, said the garden will be removed in July because of renovations the Red Lion Area School District plans to make. She started the garden with a grant and since has advised the Junior Garden Club at Windsor Manor and Mazie Gable elementary schools.
Students have been tending the garden for 15 years, and Markowski estimates that thousands of children have toured it during that time. The 1,200 square feet of beds include are gardens certified as a Monarch Waystation and a National Wildlife Schoolyard Habitat Site, she said.
Markowski – a volunteer – reached out because she wanted to thank those who have helped with the effort during that time.
Here’s what Markowski wrote:
“For the past fifteen years the elementary students of Windsor Manor and Mazie Gable have created a garden oasis for wildlife at the Windsor Manor Elementary. Due to renovations by the school district the gardens will be removed in July and permanently closed. I would like to reach out to the many students who have both contributed to, and toured the gardens, to say thank you for your efforts on behalf of wildlife and to beautify your community.
Though the Junior Garden program at Windsor Manor has ended, students and other gardeners are encouraged to continuing to garden at your own homes and with your families; and plant flowers and trees to attract wildlife like butterflies, bees, birds, small mammals and amphibians to your homes.
Students as Windsor Manor Junior Garden Club members and in general people who garden, learn the basics of gardening, such as tool safety, planting, trimming, composting, mulching, and weeding as well as enhance their abilities to work in a group, work together on tasks, make decisions, problem solve, and accept their different ways of doing a task all while reaching common end goals. Gardeners enjoy mild exercise and learn patience waiting for the garden to develop. Discovering nature and learning to care more about the environment are bonuses.”