Kindergarten students at Ruskin Elementary learned proper planting techniques from Harley Herrin of 1831 Garden Center. As the school’s designated “landscapers,” kindergarten students are responsible for planting and caring for plants in new caterpillar planters donated to the school. The plants used for the planters were grown by students in the school’s greenhouse from seeds and tiny plugs.
Mr. Herrin was a walking book of plant knowledge! During the visit, he taught students the parts of a plant and each part’s specific job. Students learned unique plant details, such as which plants keep mosquitos away and which plants are drought tolerant. In addition, teachers and students were advised about which plants would be the best choices for shady and sunny areas of their own yards. Mr. Herrin guided the students as they filled the caterpillar planters, which will be used to decorate the outdoor classroom at the school. Donna Solomon is the principal at Ruskin Elementary.
Pictured: Harley Herrin guides kindergarten students as they fill caterpillar planters.