Our youngest students at Caraway now have their very own butterfly-hummingbird habitat, thanks to a very dedicated group of Girl Scouts working on their Bronze Award, as well as wonderful contributions from the community.
The lovely hardscaping was funded by part of our Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grant, allowing us to create a very special outdoor learning area for our youngest students. In addition, the marvelous ThunderDirt was contributed by GeoGrowers, and the native plants were donated by the Wildflower Center. Thank you so much to these superb businesses and organizations — our children will grow in so many ways along with their new garden! We love how the grounds around Caraway are becoming more beautiful AND educational — and the wildlife will be grateful, too!
The Girl Scouts spent many hours planning and designing the project, measuring and calculating needed materials, digging through some very tough dirt, hauling heavy wheelbarrows around, laying pavers and blocks, shoveling soil and sand and granite, planting plants, and assembling benches. What a tremendous project they undertook, and the results are so impressive!
And the butterfly benches are a favorite of so many of our Caraway students, families, and staff. They are resting on a new “patio” of pavers that was no easy task to place! In the spring, the Girl Scouts will be adding new planters and a hummingbird station to create a little haven alongside the benches.
We so much appreciate the hard work of this fantastic group of Scouts.
Our preschoolers excitedly watched the progress during the few weeks of the project, and now they are enjoying working in their very own garden, tending the new plants. A few even got to help with the creation of the garden by moving decomposed granite into the pathway, one trowel-ful at a time (with some bigger help from the Scouts and the Green Team).
Right now the plants are very small, which unfortunately makes them a little attractive to neighborhood deer looking for fall munchies — this is the time of year that deer sample plants that normally wouldn’t appeal to them. But don’t worry, the plants that survive will become a beautiful garden in the spring — and we’ll replace anything we need to at that time, when the deer are busy looking for tastier new growth elsewhere.