The Maplewood Green Team has been planting up a storm with school families, community members and classrooms. We received a $2,000 Monarch Heroes grant from the National Wildlife Federation over the summer, and are taking full advantage of the great fall weather to plant gardens throughout campus. Two double duty pollinator and rain gardens were installed during a garden work day in mid October. They have already been put to use slowing down storm water coming off the school roof into the courtyard during recent rains.
We also built a “rain ladder” with donated limestone along the corridor where lots of rainwater flows downhill. Several classes have planted or expanded pollinator gardens near their classrooms, and more will go in before winter. Even though many plants go dormant when it gets cold, spending the winter in the ground helps plants get their roots established so they’re better prepared to withstand the hot Texas summer.