Monday, May 19, 2008

Wellington and Charles School help rejuvenate SouthSide Community Garden

Students from two area schools came out in force to help the SouthSide Settlement House Community Garden get growing again.

Erin Noviski and 45 -8th grade students from the Wellington School and Annie Carlson and her 'Green Team' of students from The Charles School combined their efforts along with the Growing to Green program of the Franklin Park Conservatory to help get this green space active once again.

Several area residents came out also on this cold, rainy and muddy morning to work with us. The garden has had problems with an invasive grass species taking over the plots. Many of the gardeners are seniors and were having a tough time battling the maintenance. New, smaller plots were laid out, grass seed was sown, trash was cleaned up, rocks were cleared and trees pruned and mulched. The sun came out in the afternoon as the Charles School arrived to help with remaining chores and cleanup. they even were able to plant a few sunflowers at the entry way. The plan was to work with SouthSide Settlement House to make the garden easier to maintain, involve more South Side residents and create an avenue of sustainability.

The garden will always welcome assistance from other neighborhood groups and our fantastic Community Gardens Network!

Thanks All,

Bill Dawson

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