As spring begins to settle into our fair city, the Starrett City Girl Scouts (SCGS) teamed up with Garden Educator, Jacqui Roytman to discuss ways they can achieve their gardener badges in the Spring Creek Towers’ (SCT) community. After a few meetings with SCGS Troop Leader Pam Schwartz, the scouts decided to add flowers to a memorial plaque that has existed in the SCT community for many years. Just outside of PS 346, there is a large tree with overarching branches, and a small plaque at its base with the name of an influential teacher, Arthur Kupferberg.
From 1979 to 2005, Kupferberg worked as a Physical Education teacher at PS 346. He was known for his love for environmental education, his passion for both the boys and girls scouts, and overall he cared deeply for the school and community. In honor of his dedication to the school, a plaque was made for him. However, this plaque is often overlooked because of its remote location.
With the guidance of Roytman, the scouts will be building a circular guard around the tree so that they can plant various flowers highlighting Kupferberg’s memorial. Roytman met with the scouts last week to determine their overall layout plan. After a tree guard is installed, the scouts will be planting perennials flowers (plants that live all year round) and annuals (plants that are short-lived), as well as placing a few large stones to add more variation to the project (which they will gather from different parts of SCT). A few of the perennials they will be planting are daisies, tulips, and even herbs such as oregano, lavender, rosemary, and thyme. Some of the annuals will be sunflowers, gardenias, and multicolored pansies.
Roytman also taught the scouts about planting pollinators, which would increase floral indigenous to our area. “With this small memorial garden you will be servicing the community and environment by planting pollinator plants which will attract bees, butterflies, and other helpful insects,” Roytman said.
In order to fund this project, the SCGS are using the money gathered from a water bottle collecting project. “Recycling to better the planet and then creating a mini-pollinator garden is such a wonderful way to participate in a community service project and earn your garden badges,” Roytman said.
Photos by Amanda Moses and SCGS