Young Gardeners Tend New Plots

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Photo by Lester Smith

This happy crew will help teach their classmates how to take care of several new gardens planted by the Suffield Garden Club in little atriums within Spaulding School. Pictured recently in the “Sea Scape” garden across from the cafeterias are, from the left, standing: Josh Flanagan and Kinsley Herchuk; crouching: Cristina Paradis, Ariana Zeitin, and Madison Somers.

In a three-year program started in September, the Suffield Garden Club is creating attractive gardens in two little no-ceiling spaces, or atriums, within Spaulding School and a third out by the playground. The work is being supported by a memorial donation from the family of Garden Club member Priscilla Wabrek, who died in 2015.

So far, plantings have been set for a “Sea Scape” garden in the spot across the corridor from the cafeteria kitchen. A much larger spot in process is down the hall next to the farther lunch room. It will have succulents, grasses, and cacti. A table there is accessible from the cafeteria for fall and spring open air lunches.

Many of the plants will winter in classrooms, so as an element of the program, students will take care of them. Selected second graders have been trained to help teach their classmates how.

The Suffield Garden Club Memorial Fund Committee managing this project comprises Gloria McMann Clark (chair), Kathleen Horrigan, and Kathy Remington. 

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