Today’s post is short and sweet, as I’m back to our elementary school today to help finish building the fence around our new wildflower area.
Back in October our Kindergarteners held a special seed stomp to spread wildflower seeds, and we have high hopes that we’ll have new flowers this spring.
And yesterday, a team of USFW Partners for Fish & Wildlife biologists and fire crew members volunteered their entire workday to come out and build a fence around the meadow-to-be. They had to jackhammer through rock to get the holes dug for the posts, but they never stopped to rest. And while they were at it, they helped us remove several invasive plants that we discovered in our woodlands, including one of the biggest Ligustrums I’ve ever seen — it’s amazing how it managed to “hide” among the natives. But I looked up and saw it, and the USFW team attacked it with ease. It was probably the source of most of the other Ligustrums scattered throughout the woodlands.
Here’s a look at the unfinished fence, which soon will have more rails to complete the scenic, rustic look we wanted. Once the wildflowers start to grow, the natural fence will add to the beauty — and the exfoliating bark will be a delight to nesting birds.
Our volunteers’ dedication to nature and to kids just warms my heart — the Kindergarten classes all came out to see what was happening with “their” meadow and give big thank yous to our hard-working crew.
As the wildflowers grow over the next few years, our students will get to see the transformation of their meadow, and experience nature in new ways. The birds, butterflies, bees, and other critters will all be thrilled to have a new pocket habitat to visit and live in.
The kids’ thank-you letters to the crew are priceless — I just had to share a few!
Kudos to all those who have helped build beautiful wildlife gardens for kids to explore and experience. The love of nature starts as a child!
Time to finish the fence!
Meredith O’Reilly gardens for wildlife in Austin, Texas, and writes about her garden adventures at Great Stems.
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