The top garden bed just above the boot garden is being converted to a fall/winter tree nursery. We are collecting this year’s seedlings, planting them in pots, and burying the pots in the garden bed to overwinter. So far, we have collected hickory, American holly, pawpaw, and tulip tree seedlings, and we hope to add many more species through the fall. These baby trees will be added to our reforestation project area below the playground.
This effort meets several sustainability goals: restoring native species to our campus, offsetting the trees we remove from forests through using paper, and learning about the natural history and ecosystem needs and benefits of different tree species.