Sunday, June 10, 2012

Garden of Your Mind

Friday, May 4, 2012

Garden Boxes in the Garden: A Story in Photos

It doesn't look like a lot of garden soil in this picture, but it was.  Thank the stars I had some grade 7's help me bag up the remainder and sell as a part of a fundraiser for the PAC.  Thanks to V.I.  Topsoil for the generous donation!  Their words: "Every school should have a garden."

The kids love the garden claw (grade 2 helpers).  They were such good help and so enthusiastic and fun!
My assistant collecting worms to keep them safe from shovel blades and garden claws (the students' initiative)...
...the students then put all the worms in a soil-filled container before gently placing them into the garden beds when we were done

Friday, August 5, 2011

Plant Sale Results: And the Final Tally Is...

(Painted rocks with words of inspiration: anonymous gifts left in the school garden)

... Over $500 was raised for the PAC and the school garden.

Thank-you to all the volunteers (especially Katie, couldn't have done it without you!), all the donors, and all the buyers!  A HUGE thanks to Puntledge students for their contribution and Puntledge staff for their support.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


... The Plant Sale!!!!!  Tell your friends.  Tell your family.  Tell  your friends' families!

The above artwork are collages of Puntledge Grade 6 students' poster contributions for the plant sale.  These original pieces will help advertise the sale in and around our fair valley.  Keep an eye out for them.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Why, Hello There! Have You Heard the Gnews...."


DID YOU KNOW the humble Garden Gnome, originating in Germany, has a long history of bringing luck to gardens and good fortune to our homes?  Then why do so many live neglected, weather worn, stripped of paint in our yards?  Have we no gratitude for these jolly little statues?

I'm hoping we can collect enough garden gnomes so some students can repaint them to resell at the Seed, Seedling and Plant Sale.  Kids have a creative way with colours, and I have a feeling these gnomes will be more than "garden variety."  They will be a lively and whimsical addition to all our gardens.  And they stand for a good cause: our school.

Every gnome needs a home.  Don't let your garden go gnomeless.

If you have any unwanted kitschy creatures dwelling in your yard please let me gnow... I mean, know.  Perhaps there is a creative project in the works!

Also, we are still in need of donations and volunteers to help make this sale a giant success!
  • containers
  • plants, indoors and out
  • garden books and garden magazines
  • garden paraphenalia and contraptions of all sorts
  • entertaiment

Remember, your school garden counts now more than ever!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Living Sculpture

Could you imagine having this "living castle" to play in in your back yard?
While looking for other things internet, I got caught up in looking for unrelated things which happens oh so frequently.

I came across "living sculpture," where artists use plants (sod, flowers) to create three dimensional sculptures in the landscape.  The "living" comes from the fact that the medium/media the artists use is/are living organisms, such as plants.  I thought--to a smaller scale than some of these examples I am about to show you here--a sleeping giant in a child's garden would provide fantasy, whimsy, and the comfort of having a genial giant in your back yard to rest upon!

Jeff Koons' "Puppy"  A fave of my son's and me

I love the use of more "natural" plants in this one: ferns, moss.  
It truly is like a giant fell asleep here many years ago...

Do you think aliens made this particular crop circle?

And now for a living sculpture we are all familiar with: Ch-ch-ch-Chia!