BAEE Grant to Earth Sangha Produces Beautiful Results at Area Schools

A BAEE grant of $10,000 helped Earth Sangha (ES) to develop "Garden Kits" that contained native plant seedlings from the ES Wild Plant Nursery, a manual that provided planting and maintenance instructions, and background on relevant conservation issues. ES distributed these kits to local schools and conducted workshops for both teachers and administrators.

The Garden Kits come in four designs for different landscapes: the Sunny Well-Drained Meadow Kit, the Wet Meadow or Rain Garden, the Forest Edge, and the Riparian. The most popular was the Meadow kit, which transforms featureless turf into lush, beautiful, and environmentally friendly landscape for schools.

Before and after photos show the effectiveness of the project.

Photo of plantings at elementary school yard.
New plantings at North Springfield Elementary School included Baptisia tinctoria (Yellow Baptisia), Pycnanthemum tenuifolium (Mountain Mint), Elymus glabriflorus (Southeastern Wildrye), Doellingeria umbellata (Flat-topped White Aster), Sorhastrum nutans (Indian Grass), Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower), Symphyotrichum undulatum (Wavey-laved Aster), Monarda didyma (Bee Balm), and a couple other native grasses and forbs.
Photo of high school garden plants
Brad Webster, a Fairfax High School science teacher (left) and Matt Bright, Earth Sangha Conservation Manager standing in front of a mixture of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium fistulosum), threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata), narrow-leaved mountain mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium), purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis), and a couple other native grasses and forbs.
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