The History of the Garden
We held a planning meeting with parent volunteers.
Volunteers and students weeded the beds.
We harvested (and ate) potatoes and poppy seeds.
We topped off beds with composted manure
Wonderful parent volunteers rototilled the upper garden beds and we planted 200 flower bulbs.
We planted herbs in lower beds and learned about the medicinal uses of herbs during out Colonial studies.
We plotted with our parent volunteers and planned our next moves. We gathered more parent volunteers and core group of garden
In February and march we eeeded and fought the battle of the Morning Glory and the Tansy!
We planted a variety of crops including Scarlet Runner Beans and sunflowers. We built a "bean tunnel" for the beans
to climb to provide some shade for our students.
In June we weeded and weeded and weeded!
We worked out a summer watering schedule and volunteer families watered the garden and harvested the riches.
The garden was able to thrive throughout the hot summer days and there were wonderful crops to pick when we arrived back
We implemented a Garden-based Science curriculum for our multi-age students. Our wonderful parent volunteers continued to
make the whole thing possible. We harvested and ate tomatoes, beans, zucchini, nasturtiums, and much more.
We be gan planning a new entrance and gate and worked with the school lunch program to encourage new and healthy items
on the lunch menu.
We celebrated Halloween with our own pumpkins!
We celebrated Thanksgiving with our own pumpkin pie and continued the Tansy battle with plastic sheeting and wood chips.
A well-attended manure party loaded the garden with nutrient rich dirt and volunteers from Washington Mutual helped out.
In November we won a grant from KING 5 for a greenhouse and $1,000!
We moved and spread more wood chips...and more wood chips
Our plans for the shed and/or covered area moved forward
We were so happy to receive a PIE grant to pay a garden coordinator to plan and implement garden-based science lessons
and coordinate garden activities.
In December and January we dreamed and wished for spring.
Jil and Howard Stenn, professional landscape designers, drew us a beautiful garden plan which we were eager to begin implementing.
We graded a section of the garden for a seating area and
purchased gravel for the flat section.
Parent volunteers assembled the Greenhouse
In the new greenhouse we sprouted some seedlings to begin planting in our raised vegetable beds.
We continued to enjoy excellent garden-based science classes with Trish Howard.
The teachers and Trish visited IslandWood and the Bloedell Reserve on Bainbridge Island for inspiration.
We moved one bed to make room for our new learning areas.
Our hard-working kids transported all the dirt to the other raised beds. With the advice and help of our landscape experts
we urchased many landscaping plants.
(We got a great deal thanks to Jil Stenn and Trish Howard who had wholesale connections!)
Several parents attended a planting party in the middle of a rain storm and planted all the beautiful plants.
We started brainstorming ideas for our new garden gate.
In April and May Trish Howard worked with the kids on the gate design and guided students in creating artwork on copper
Howard Stenn planned and help install a drip irrigation system to maintain our garden over the summer.
Kids, teachers and parents planted many kinds of produce and flowers.
Trish Howard built a beautiful harvest table (from cedar donated by Loren Sinner) that's large enough for an entire class.
Kids continued to spread chips, weed, and plant new crops.
The irrigation system worked perfectly and watered our garden all summer
Parents, students, Gerie and Glenda gave their time to maintain the garden and plant tomatoes.
We harvested a bumper crop of tomatoes as well as some chard, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and a wide variety of flowers.
We have planted a cover crop of fava beans in some beds and a crop of garlic in several others.
We welcomed Mr. Swan's 5th grade class to the garden. They have planted a bed of experimental crops to investigate the
possibilities of a winter growing season.
Wonderful parent volunteers have been working on our new cedar shed.
Copper Panels made by students were installed on the shed to add some art to our natural beauty.
Mrs. Wilson's class created beautiful flower arrangements to share with people around the school and to send to the Vashon
PIE once again generously granted us money to pay Trish Howard, our fabulous garden coordinator. She continues teach
us garden-based science and keep us moving along on our garden plan.
There is plenty of weeding to do this spring in the garden! We planted lettuce, peas, broccoli, calendula and many more items.
Mrs. Wilson made new supports for our pea crop. One will provide green leafy shade later in the season.
The roof is on the shed and we are waiting for stairs and doors as well as the new gate to the garden.
We have new neighbors in the garden. We have introduced gentle orchard mason bees into our garden to help with the pollinating
and to study during our insect unit. Mrs. Wilson's class made a great display for people to see during the Science Fair.
Many people visited the garden and were impressed with the beauty and complexity found there. Also our guests were able
to see the beautiful signs created by Mrs. Wilson's class thanking all of our generous donors. These will be on permanent
display in the garden.
The Vashon Garden Club and Sustainable Vashon visited our garden this April.
Next up we will be planting two theme gardens in the upper terrace-an Asian garden and a Colonial-style potage garden.
There is much more to come...
The shed was finished by Trish Howard and Dean Andrews. Our shed doors and stairs are practical and beautiful too! Two more
sets of stairs were added to access the rear terrace of the garden.
Gary Adams slaved in the hot sun laying down a beautiful brick cruciform shaped patio with recycled brick donated by Mrs.
Johansson. Gerie Wilson worked very hard installing a beautiful Japanese rock garden assisted by Tina and Bob Taylor and
Glenda Berliner. Meg White designed and installed some beautiful bamboo lattices. Plants for the Asian garden were purchased
at whole-sale prices thanks to Ava Gardiner Design.
We were interviewed by Peak Moment, a Southern Californian TV show. Sustainable Vashon included us as part of the piece
being filmed about them.
We started off the fall season with a fabulous and well-attended work party. The weather was sunny for once and many people
helped clear out the weeds and dead plants left from the summer growing season.
We planted herbs in the Colonial Garden donated by Fran Brooks and Jil Stenn. We made lavender sachets during our Colonial
unit and the kids were delighted.
Tragedy struck during the big wind storm. Our greenhouse blew up and over the fence and smashed into pieces. Unfortunately
it was not salvageable. We are currently working on soliciting donations for a replacement.
We had a garden meeting with parent volunteers to plan the final steps for finishing the garden and to strategize for
the spring planting season.
PIE is again supporting our science program by providing a small stipend for Trish Howard, our accomplished teaching partner.
We received another huge donation of composted horse manure to enrich our soil. We have installed a new greenhouse with a
sturdy foundation to prevent damage in the next storm thanks to Gary Gray! We planted a new pumpkin patch of heirloom Cinderella
pumpkins in our expanded garden area. We also made room to build a beautiful pavillion that will become an outdoor classroom
in hot sun or rainy weather.
We harvested and sold our Cinderella Pumpkins in our first annual sale. We gave some of the proceeds to the Vashon Food Bank
as well as a bumper crop of potatoes.
Two solar panels were donated by the Stahl Family for installation on the roof of the shed.
Our solar panels were installed thanks to Joe Yarkin. We purchased a marine battery and planned for spring.
The first garden bed, badly in need of repair, was replaced with a round Pizza Garden, suggested by our volunteer landscape
consultant, Jil Stenn. The new garden is constructed of durable concrete block.
planting busily are our major activities in the spring.
we installed solar-powered timers to keep our crops watered and impact our environment a little less. The timers were purchased
thanks to a grant written by Fran Brooks and Joe Yarkin.
the power of the sun our new solar-powered watering system kept the garden alive throughout the summer months. Multi-age families,
friends and teachers stopped by to pick produce and check on the progress of the crops.
It was another successful fall for our pumpkin crop!
The multi-age donated $100.00 each to our local charity; the Vashon Food Bank; and to an international charity; UNISEF.
We are very pleased that our local efforts can help others
and the kids are very proud to be contributing money to good causes through their hard work.
our garden was given a beautiful, hand-made compost bin from Guy and Irene Stricherz.
dug out all of the morning-glory-ridden dirt from the second bed and filled it back up with a 50/50 mix of composted manure
and top soil. Great crops will grow there soon!
we learned how to use our new compost bins to make nutritious dirt for our garden thanks to a very informative lesson by Howard
watering system is almost back up and running thanks to help from Amy Bogaard and Fran Brooks.
been sprouting seeds in the green house for lettuce, peas, pumpkins, and more. Also we’re working with Amy Bogaard and
the Vashon High School Horticulture Program to sprout kale, beets, tomatoes, basil and more in their greenhouse. Thanks Amy!
planted two beds for the Vashon Food Bank with assorted lettuce. We’ve also planted radishes, carrots, peas, beans,
kale, more lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, bok choy and beets with more to come!