A great way to help lower your outdoor watering use is to plant native species in your garden. These plants thrive in our climate and generally require less maintenance and watering. Consider creating drought tolerant gardens for areas of your property as an attractive, low maintenance, water wise alternative to grass.
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The Greening Project at Our Lady of Mount Carmel
A Fusion Garden combines traditional garden design elements with the use of drought-tolerant native plant species to create low maintenance water conserving gardens or ground cover areas. Native plants require very little extra watering since these plants are already well suited to our climate conditions.
The traditional gardens located at the main entrance of the school are currently in the process of being transformed into Fusion Gardens through a combined effort by C3/the City, school staff, and engaged parents. Existing invasive plants are being cleared out to make room for new drought-tolerant native species that will thrive in our climate without the help of Carlisle’s water supply. Once the gardens are completed in the fall of 2016, visitors to the school will be able to walk through and experience the Fusion Gardens firsthand and learn how they can conserve water by simply choosing to plant native species.
The existing garden beds that are located at the side of the school are where the students will get to pitch in and show their creativity by participating in a Fusion Garden Design Contest. They will design, plant, and care for these gardens to show the Carlisle community that beautiful, eco-friendly gardens can be planted with little to no strain on their water supply.
Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 were given a list of native plants to research such as Wild Geranium, Prairie Smoke and Pale Coneflower and were asked to sketch and submit their proposed garden. Four outstanding garden designs submitted by Kaleb R., Alana K., Ashley Z. and siblings Dylan and Olivia M. were selected as the garden design winners. Each winner will have their Fusion Garden planted on school grounds with their names included on a plaque that explains each type of plant in their gardens and why they chose it.
The students will help bring the Fusion Gardens to life in the fall of 2016 by not only planting the gardens themselves but by also taking care of the gardens throughout the school year. The students can track the growth of the gardens as they come to school each day and will be able to see how well the gardens do without using any extra water from the school. The hope is that by getting their hands dirty and taking ownership of these Fusion Gardens, the students will become ambassadors within their community and play an active role in promoting water conservation.
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