A number of years ago, we had a very warm and nurturing Kindergarten teacher named Vicky. She was inspired to create a garden world with her class in the courtyard outside our hallway and library. Vicky has since left us to teach in Wyoming, but her legacy remains, complete with a small pond. Unfortunately the weeds had taken over much of the little garden. The pond fountain was down and much attention was needed to bring the garden back. This longterm project was taken on by fourth grader, Annaleeza, who noticed the neglect. Annaleeza is a natural gardener. As the spring flowers began to arrive, the weeds did as well, cluttering the paths and the flowers. During many of her recess times this spring, Annaleeza and I herded the strawberries into one bed. We divided perennials; they love being divided when they’re mature!
Our terrific custodian, Jeff, found the missing pieces to the fountain and reattached them to make it work again. A few days ago, Annalezza tasted her first ripe strawberry! The courtyard garden has come a long way in her care.