School project in Knoxville - need advice

skyblue12(7)October 12, 2008

Our middle school club is working on a project to redo our school courtyard using recycled materials. One part of this project is to plant a butterfly garden and to do some corner plantings of bulbs around the walkways. We are trying to find some free or inexpensive sources for bulbs and plants. We also need sources for dirt and/or compost. Right now the courtyard is mostly concrete and gravel, with a couple of small trees. We posted a message on Freecycle and have gotten a few responses. We have also checked Craig's list. Does anyone have any ideas for other sources of plants or bulbs? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you for your help.

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ladybug37091(z7 Tennessee)

Try asking your local nursuries to donate items. Let them know you will list them in your next school letter acknowledging the donation. You might even ask that they do the project themselves and put a small sign in the area giving them the credit for doing so. You could also have the kids winter sow seeds for the project.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 10:01AM
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Send a letter home to parents asking them for donations of plants or bags of dirt. Many people have extra plants or can make divisions and would be willing to donate a few for the school garden. Especially if you explain the educational benefits.

This may not help you now, but later you could introduce some botanical lessons by showing them how to propagate the plants to make more. Once you've gotten a few for the garden you can use them as stock plants.

Ladybug's seed suggestion is a great idea. You could offer to make plaque with the names of all nurseries who donated plants or materials for the project.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 11:42AM
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I agree with the previous posts.

You can always come to The Middle Tennessee Plant Swap this Saturday and we'll hook you up for free!!!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 10:12PM
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Thanks to all of you for the ideas. I will pass them on to our group.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 8:50AM
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