Care for our gardens at Birch Lane is a year-long endeavor so schedule yourself and join Garden Coordinator Hope Sippola in taking care of our site. It not only deters vandalism when things are cared for, but fruit can be harvested by those willing to share some time and effort in the gardens. Our attentiveness this summer will encourage a smooth transition back to classroom gardening in the fall!
Please sign up for a few weeks this summer using Sign up Genius: Here
Monday, November 5, 2012
|Making use of our animal pen in the spring of 2010, we created a shelter for chickens|
and other animals. Keeping to the specific regulations set by the school district,
this "Critter Coop" designed by Debra Ariola was built by many hands including
Brian Bigalow, Ralph Ernst, Kirk Hagen, Ted Sheridan, Jim Bealieau, and Doug Houck.
|In 2010 A donation of pavers from landscape contractor Jose Diaz became a path|
between the two reading rooms thanks to dads Kirk Hagen and Matt Fix.
We call it a "Pathway to Reading".
|Parent Mark Sherwin installed this tile project celebrating neighborhoods at |
the very front of the school in 2009. This art part of this project
was headed by Art teacher Anjanelle Weiher.
|After approval by the school district, our big Kindergarten planter boxes were|
constructed in 2009 by parent volunteers that included Mike Ziser, Ted Sheridan,
Kirk Hagen, Mark Diel, and a few others. These additions gave our Kinders
a sunny space for successful gardening to take place!
|A true labor of love, the Velma Lagerstrom Native Garden was built by|
students, volunteers, and district employees in 2003. An improvement
over the muddy shady lawn that was there and a way to honor a beloved Principal.
Mark Sherwin built the split rail that protects the plantings from being trampled.
|The first benches in the Margaret O'Brien Arboretum were installed in the 1970's |
by a Boy Scout troop. The benches are still there today next to the lunch area.
Two other bench areas have been created by Eagle Scouts over the years.
|Lisa Reinertson sculpted the original Desert Tortoise for a children's sculpture|
garden in Palm Desert. As a parent here, she offered the mold, and assisted with
Mr. Monticello's 6th grade class tile project in 2006.
Mrs. George's husband, Artist Kyle Monhollen headed up the installation.
2011 brought some vandalism, so this precious piece is no longer what it was.
People choose what kind of difference they make in this world.
For five years this piece brought a great deal of joy.
|A DaVinci High School student built this garden box to improve gardening for|
this sunny classroom garden in 2008. A much appreciated community service project!
|Tom Lengtat added his roofing skills to this kiosk project in the|
Margaret O'Brien Arboretum in 2008.
|Joey Ariola does what he can to help dads Mark Sherwin and Jim Houvagimian|
build the octagonal deck in the Margaret O'Brien Arboretum in 2005.
This deck is used as part of an outdoor classroom.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
On-line there are flower and vegetable plants for sale including the special herbs grown by DHS students: Lemon Thyme, Stevia, French Lavender, Du Provence Lavender, Huntington Carpet Rosemary, and Hot and Spicy Oregano!
Check it out at http://www.mykorematsu.com/plant-sale/ and order big and then pick it all up at Korematsu Elementary at the corner of Loyola and Alhambra on Friday the 18th! Marc will be having an on-site sale with other fabulous plants for sale both Thursday AND Friday!
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Please sign up to help! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAAC29A64-bigspring
Individual Pots of:
Individual Pots of:
- Tomatoes: Beefsteak, Big Beef, Big Rainbow, Black Krim, Celebrity, Early Girl, Shady Lady, Red Siberian, Roma, Virginia Sweet, Super Sweet 100
- Sweet Basil
- Armenian Cucumber
- Zucchini Squash
- French Pumpkins
- California Wonder Bell Peppers
- Tall Coreopsis
- Peppers: Red Beauty Bell Peppers, Jalapeño Peppers, Sweet Banana Peppers
- Sweet Basil
- Triple Curled Parsley
- Flowers: Begonias ‘Varsity Mix’, Impatiens mixed colors, Petunia Madness mix, Lobelia ‘Crystal Palace’
Plants are also available on-line soon for pick up on-site on Friday 5/11 between 1-5pm:
The On-Line Tri-School plant sale will include herbs grown by DHS students for SAE projects – Supervised Agricultural Experience
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Saturday, February 11, 2012
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