Bucks County Herald

Lambertville students plant garden

Lambertville Public School students plant native plants in a garden for wildlife on Oct. 2.

More than 100 Lambertville Public School (LPS) students from pre-school through sixth grade planted 103 native plants to create a garden for wildlife on Oct. 2.

The effort was spearheaded by first-grade teacher and wildlife garden coordinator Chelsea Gardiner, with strong support from Principal Wanda Quinones. Many other teachers participated in planning for the garden, and for the inclusion of the garden in the school’s curriculum.

The garden is now a Certified Schoolyard Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program .

School personnel partnered with Mary Anne Borge and Lauren Kovacs of Lambertville Goes Wild, a volunteer group promoting wider use of native plants as a key part of its aim to certify the City of Lambertville, New Jersey, as a Community Wildlife Habitat recognized by the National Wildlife Federation. The LPS Wildlife Garden is an important milestone in achieving Lambertville’s certification.

A wildlife garden provides the food, shelter and water that local birds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife need to survive.

All of the plants in the LPS Wildlife Garden are native to this area, so they are adapted to do well in local soil and climate without the need for fertilizers. They were selected to provide maximum value for wildlife and interest for students, and there will be something in bloom from mid-April through early December, starting with spicebush and ending with witch-hazel.

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve donated the plants for the garden through their pocket habitat program. Betsy and Joe Falconi donated compost. Teachers, Lambertville Goes Wild team members and friends, and parents all helped prepare the bed for planting.

The LPS community and Lambertville Goes Wild are grateful for the generosity of all who made the garden possible.


Copyright ©2018 Bucks County Herald, Inc. All rights reserved.