In observance of Earth Day, eight garden beds were set up at Carrollton Elementary School. Volunteers from Georgia Power, the Maple Leaf Garden Club, and Keep Carroll Beautiful helped pre-K students plant a seed and taught the students about growing plants. Thanks to Lowe’s for donating the soil and making this event possible.
Local residents help remember a special lady with the building of a butterfly garden. KSB will be dedicating the newly formed Butterfly garden at the James Cole Outdoor Education Center this month in memory of Karan Bowerman. Karan was an avid supporter and fan of KSB and contributions to her memorial were donated to KSB. The butterfly garden was a dream project of KSB and because of the Bowerman’s generous donation and Karan’s love of KSB, it became a reality. Two of Karan’s grandchildren, who attend and attended Cole, will be decorating special rocks to go on either side of the dedication stone. Not only will this be a memorial garden, but it has also recently been registered as a Pollinator SHARE space.
Keep The Rez Beautiful volunteers braved several cold days in December putting the finishing touches on a new Pollinator/Sensory Garden, a welcomed addition to the newly established Turtle Point Nature Area. Thanks to Lowe’s and KAB, the new addition will benefit pollinators that are needed to increase fruit and vegetable production. Native plants including Butterfly Milkweed, Great Coneflowers and other native plants including fruit and nut trees will serve as food for the Monarch Butterfly, which is in decline nationally, as well as other wildlife in the area.
The Reservoir serves as a flyway for many birds and insects. This addition will provide a resting place and food for the travelers. The sensory aspect of the garden is designed to stimulate the senses with the courtesy of plants that engage one’s senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. Blueberry bushes and Willow trees are just one example. Native Americans used the bark of willow trees to produce a type of aspirin.
Located on Pelahatchie Bay on the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir, the five-acre grassed nature area was created from spoil dredged from the Reservoir caused from urban sprawl. A new walking trail and a kayak launch is creating new friends for KRB. People visiting the area are excited about the new garden area and a walking trail that provides a view of the Reservoir. Many are wanting to know how they can help! Build it and they will come. There are many KRB surprises on the way for this nature area located in a blighted area between two 50-year-old subdivisions.
In the photo above, you will see a group of Elementary kids from Lincoln School in North Platte, Nebraska. The school and Kids Klub, an afterschool program, partnered with Keep North Platte Lincoln County Beautiful and the Berean Church to create the GROW (Gardens Reshape Our World) Community Garden. The Garden was funded by local donations and a $12,000 Troy-Bilt Taking Root Grant. GROW serves as an outdoor classroom for kids and a community garden spot. Kids also pick produce and take it to the local homeless shelter and Salvation Army.
Thank you to Lowe’s, Keep America Beautiful and the 13 Keep Texas Beautiful Affiliate communities who participated in the program!
Thank you for the $10,000 KAB/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant awarded to Keep Pike County Beautiful in McComb, MS! Without it we could not have built our above-ground, organic garden at St. Andrew’s Mission in McComb, which serves Southwest Mississippi through its Food Pantry, Men’s Shelter and Soup Kitchen.
The Garden has also been a teaching model for the Jr. Garden Club, called the Busy Bees, who helped to do the initial planting of our fall/winter crop and helped with the first harvest. Thanks to the Boy Scouts for helping to build it. We are hoping that the Garden will be a model for more to come!
Keep Las Vegas Beautiful (KLVB) team members along with Lowe’s Heroes volunteer employees, teachers and students successfully installed Outdoor Garden Classrooms at three local elementary schools, thanks to a $20,000 KAB/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant awarded to KLVB .
KLVB selected schools in need of garden projects which are qualified Title One schools with at least 90% of the students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. Schools selected for the KLVB Outdoor Garden Classrooms are also located within City of Las Vegas’ Neighborhood Risk Assessment Program areas. This program is a coordinated approach to identifying targeted neighborhoods that can be revitalized based on a strategic and collective focus of resources and programs.
Each school received up to five 8’ x 4’ raised beds with soil, seeds, automatic drip irrigation and a year of maintenance. In addition, the schools will get weekly visits from a local farmer, who will teach students and teachers how to take care of the garden, plant and harvest, as well as a free curricula for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lessons concurrent with Nevada State Standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards along with free teacher training. The program also organizes visits from local chefs to demonstrate how to cook food from the garden, teaches students how to organize and run a farmers’ market, and offers a Junior Master Gardener’s program.
Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Improvement/Keep South Miami Dade Beautiful provided the following materials for the improvement of Pinetree Park – Community Garden.
• 2 rolls of liners (weed barrier)
• 8 packs of pins to hold down the liner (weed barrier)
• 117 brickface stone
• 85 planters to be used on the community garden
• 10 raised planter bases for ADA accessibility
• Warning track for the alleys between planters