World renown horticulturalist, garden designer and writer Gertrude Jekyll said: “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” I am inclined to agree with her. Gertrude Jekyll created magnificent gardens and inspired many others to follow her love of hardy flower borders in the early 1900’s.
Our school gardens are no way near the magnitude or the grand design of a stately English manor, however our small patch is thriving and developing with each new day.
A new Japanese inspired garden with cherry blossoms is being created by our Gardener Mark that will reflect the commitment we have to our Japanese Language program. The Lone Pine is of significance and was donated by a past pupil’s grandfather. We hold our ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day tributes around this important tree.
We have a large group of students who choose to work in the vegetable garden during recess and lunch times, digging, watering and weeding who are happy to feel the earth between their fingers and see growth from their effort when the seeds begin to pop up or the vegetables are ready for picking.
Our chickens are happy to have visitors come to play with them and collect their eggs. The children delight in seeing them and are more than willing to clean their coop and see they have food and fresh water.
The activities within our vegetable garden are positive and it is encouraging to see a new generation of gardeners developing so that our environment, our world will always be cared for and the beauty of gardens will continue thrive into the future.