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Re: Re:[teacherartexchange] Student Gardens


From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 13 2007 - 08:42:04 PDT

Mosaic bench good idea!
--- Amy Broady <> wrote:

> Hello, Michal, and all.
> Michal, thanks for the info on the trash cans and
> stepping stones--I'm
> printing and filing those a couple of
> places, at both home
> and school, so I will be able to locate them when I
> need them, and will run
> across them frequently to keep the ideas fresh in my
> mind. :-)
> I'm enjoying all the messages on the gardens...Thank
> you to whomever started
> this discussion; I am getting inspired. My art room
> has doors that open into
> a corner of the playground courtyard. One of the PTA
> parents created some
> beds in the back corners with stella dora lilies and
> dogwood trees, but they
> have not been well-maintained. (The parent who
> planted them did so as one of
> her final contributions before her youngest moved on
> to the middle school.
> We sure miss that mom--she was a wonderful blessing
> to the school for many
> years.) Unfortunately the kids tend to abuse the
> plants; I'm often having to
> assume the role of the Lorax and speak for the poor
> young trees--the student
> tend to hang on them and break things off, and they
> mutilated the lily
> leaves. They look dumbfounded when I go out and tell
> them not to destroy the
> plants. Why aren't their teachers looking out for
> this????? (Our teachers
> are the ones who supervise recess.) I tell them that
> when they pick parts of
> the plants, a FEW of them might be having fun for a
> SHORT while, but they
> destroy beauty that EVERYONE should be able to enjoy
> for a LONG time.
> I am terrible with plants, but I do love to bask in
> a leafy setting. Maybe I
> could recruit some green-thumbed parents to help me
> develop an art garden. I
> love the idea of a mosaic bench, and maybe even a
> table.OH! How I'd love to
> establish a creative gazebo or arch or bridge or
> some other nifty structure!
> In my dream world, there'd be a lush garden in bloom
> that the students could
> have access to during class to draw/paint from. I
> attended a wonderful
> session at NAEA presented by two teachers, at least
> one from Florida, who
> did AMAZING things with their students and parent
> volunteers.
> Best wishes to all of you who are going to pursue
> gardens with your students
> this year. :-) And thank you to all of you who post
> questions and share
> ideas regarding this topic with the group.
> Amy in TN
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