We also had an exciting discovery in the garden. Last year the third graders brought a few pumpkin seeds back from their field trip to Monticello, which is famous for its gardens. Just in time for Halloween, the one and only pumpkin that grew has turned orange and is ready to carve! I think we'll have to name him Mr. Jefferson.
Another warm, dry week allowed us to be outside for some special events in the Lower School garden. On Friday, October 28, members of the Mill Mountain Garden Club planted a garden which will attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Fiona Tower (mother of Ned ’25), Molly Burns (mother of Selden ’25), and Virginia Vinyard, planted perennial flowers and milkweed plants that will provide food and habitat for pollinators. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch butterflies feed and lay eggs on. Urban sprawl and pesticides have drastically reduced the number of monarchs. So we will be planting milkweed other places around campus, too.
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