By Amanda Moses
The Spring Creek Recreational Fund’s (SCRF) Urban Garden Classroom (UGC) has been flourishing throughout the summer months. Garden Educator, Jacqui Roytman has decided to give the garden beds a rest since they spent many spring and early summer months overridden with weeds. She is only planting cover crops, flowers, and herbs to maintain the soil’s nutrition and moisture.
Although the UGC is closed to visitors, Roytman will be filming various lessons to show to students and seniors; how to maintain a garden, the different parts of a plant, the complexity of an ecosystem, seed exploration, and more. This fall Roytman will be working remotely with the Spring Creek After School Program, Spring Creek Teen Central, and members of Spring Creek Senior Partners. Many of these lessons for now will be virtual and showcased over Zoom.
The first virtual session will begin in October. “We will explore the intricate relationship between pollinators and flowering plants and the important role they play in our world. Then take an in depth look at plant parts as we explore these amazing green organisms,” Roytman said.
She also plans on showing the students how to create origami flowers to showcase the delicate beauty of these plants. During this lesson, she will explain to the students that pollinators (bees, hummingbirds, moths, butterflies, and others) help take the nectar and pollen from one flower and transfer it into another. “Pollinators are animals that help many flowering plants produce their seeds and ensure the continued existence of millions of plant species, and animal species, including humans,” she said.
In November and December, Roytman will explore complex lifeforms that exist in the garden and how the UGC is a small ecosystem. “We will learn about the complex life above and below the ground, and how we all come together to live in our ecosystem,” she said.
Photos by Jacqui Roytman and Amanda Moses