Showcasing gardens using simple and sustainable systems that work for families and schools is the focus of a project we began in the spring of 2010. With the support of a Frontenac CFDC Local Initiatives Project grant, we created a series of gardens and we’ve been hosting school visits ever since. Our gardens include a Wartime Victory Garden, full of vegetables that are easy to grow and do not require a large amount of space. Another traditional garden is the Three Sisters Garden of the Six Nations. It features corn, beans, and squash.
Kingston’s Earthworx provided the soil and stones for the Wintergreen gardens. Two elementary schools in Kingston and the Frontenacs desig ned and enhanced their gardens in the spring of 2011, and Earthworx donated soil and mulch to the participating schools.
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Scott Hughes, Anna Peterson, and Rena Upitis attended the Learning Grounds Forum: All Hands in the Dirt event at Evergreen Brick Works on November 12 and 13, 2010, where they presented the Wintergreen School Gardens Project and received enthusiastic support from the teachers, administrators, landscape architects, garden designers, and environmental educators present at the conference. A conference highlight was the keynote address by Sue Humphries, Headteacher and garden visionary at the Coombes School in southern England from 1965-2002. Listening to Sue’s address has inspired us to add a labyrinth at Wintergreen. Next spring?