Garden Dedication

April 19, 2017 The Learning Garden was officially dedicated to Windermere Elementary School in a simple ceremony consisting of sponsors, volunteers and community members. The dedication occurred approximately one year after the first project began with the wood for the pergola being delivered. Read more on that here. Attendees included representatives from the Board of Directors for Orange County Public Schools, Principal Greer, Vice Principal Dr. Trawick, Mayor Bruhn, PTA President Michaal Rossi and former president Sue Ann Reichard, Windermere Garden Club, Winter Garden Bloom and Grow, Windermere Tree Board, Orange Observer. Sponsors attending included Millenium Grounds and Water, Skorman … Continue reading Garden Dedication

Father-Daughter Dance Herbs

April 17th, 2017 Beautiful herb centerpieces purchased at the Father-Daughter Dance earlier this month were transplanted into the Learning Garden this morning by PTA president Michaal Rossi and Treasurer/Web Designer Kevin Maxson. The herbs were donated by Lowe’s Winter Garden. Centerpieces were arranged by Greenery Productions. Thank you to our generous sponsors, families, and wonderful PTA. 🌱💚 Continue reading Father-Daughter Dance Herbs

Garden-to-fork

This post is about never giving up. One year ago this space was nothing more than an oddly-shaped rectangle of invasive plants and weeds. This week we fed over 100 5th-graders lettuce harvested from the garden.   I have been so thrilled to be a part of this project, to help Amalie’s vision come to life. Even more excited to see every child eating healthy food that they planted and harvested themselves. Full circle moments are the best. Those of you who have ever taken on a project know all too well how many obstacles,  sleepless nights and moments of … Continue reading Garden-to-fork

Blueberries

Huge thank you to Tom West Blueberries for the berry GORGEOUS entrance to the Learning Garden at Windermere Elementary School. We are so thrilled and blessed to have this local family-owned business support the garden. These beauties will grow large and fill together over the next few years. Just a reminder that U-pick season starts in April, so be sure to make room in the freezer for the healthy antioxidant rich berries to last you through summer. Although, my kids usually clean us out in a couple days! After watching these pros install the blueberry hedge border, I am inspired … Continue reading Blueberries

Mrs Kelley in the Garden

February 8, 2017 These third-graders were busy today! They planted several types of mint (sweet, peppermint, and spearmint), as well as dill and oregano and onion around the cabbages planted by Mrs Schultes’ class last month. Don’t they look SO much bigger in the few short weeks?   We also planted beet seeds. These went straight into mushroom compost. Finally, the students made wildflower “seed bombs” . Described by several students as looking like poop, these balls of dirt, clay and seeds will grow into showy Florida-native wildflowers. Hopefully students can remember to find a sunny spot in the yard … Continue reading Mrs Kelley in the Garden