There is a garden at the Our Lady of Lourdes school that rewards those passing by everyday of the year with beauty, charm, color and hope. Now, the head gardeners, first grade teachers Amy Parent and Susan Kirkpatrick, have been rewarded for their efforts.
The neighborhood of Fallon Park, where OLLS resides, recognized their garden by bestowing the Fallon Park Garden Club monthly Yard of the Month award to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Congratulations, Amy and Susan, this is well deserved indeed!
For nine years, Amy and Susan have raised flowers, wildlife, and the next generation of gardeners with their first grade classes. Lovingly cared for by the class including parental involvement in the spring and fall with planting, mulching, and weeding events, this garden has become an integral part of the school.
Over the nine years, the gardeners (heads and wee) have learned lessons in drought, sustainability, planting, and tending. Little hands have also make gifts for the garden through art class by making stepping stones.
Paths now meander through the garden adding to the aesthetic appeal as well as directing wee feet.
I know many of you have felt the charm of this little garden as you travel up Anderson towards Six Forks Road. Now as you drive by, you can silently thank 2 teachers and their wee little gardeners. The first grade classes may have been rewarded this month, but your garden rewards us every month.
Enjoy the photo journey!
Story and photos by Helen Yoest, garden coach and garden writer
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