It is great to be able to share with others what we do at our school. It was a great honour when we were contacted by Dee Pigneguy, a New Zealand author, organic garden consultant and gardener asking if she could come to see our school garden.
Dee is currently writing a book advising schools how to best develop their gardens. Her other books Feed Me Right, Nature's Technotricks , Gardening for Planet Earth (and a resource for teachers for Feed Me Right) are practical, informative and engaging. Her vast knowledge and passion about nature and living well while keeping our planet healthy is evident in the books.
My students were very excited to be able to take Dee and Samantha, her friend around our school to see all our gardens and the various elements in each. The students talked about the way these gardens began and how many of the gardens have been designed, created and maintained by them. The gardens have been developed during the time these students have been at the school, which has given them ownership and loyalty of the areas.
Dee asked our students to write a piece about our school gardens telling the way they feel they are connected to them with the possibility of it being included in her new book.
Wow! Needless to say, the kids are quite excited by the prospect and are motivated by this idea.