The Garden

At the beginning of April 2021, the children in ‘Seomra na Réaltaí’ began work to help rejuvenate the school garden.

It began by clearing the beds which had become overgrown with grass and weeds, and loosening the soil in preparation for the planting of new flowers and plants.

The children planted a variety of plants.

The garden is also very sensory orientated.

With a range of plants, flowers and wildlife that inhabit the area, there is so much for the children to see, hear, touch and smell.

Plants and flowers sown include; Chives, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Aquilegia, St. Patricks Cabbage, Marigold, White Marguerite Daisies, Golden Lemon Thyme, Geraniums, Mint, Hebe, Butterfly Bush, Pampas Grass, Pagonis, Fuchsia, Osteospermum (African Daisies), Shamrock, Tagetes, Lambs Ear, Peppermint, Rosemary, Phlox, Cordyline, Petunias, African Lillie’s, Violas, Verbena, Bacopa, Lobelia, Calibrachoa, Surfinia, Love in a Mist, Lupins, Sunflowers, Nasturtiums, Potatoes, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Onions, Carrots, Lettuce and Celery.

Our edible bed which includes potatoes, lettuce, carrots and spring onions.

The children engage in daily maintenance of the garden watering the flowers.

The children helped painting the sign for the garden. All signs were painted in school.

The school garden is also a great refuge for insects and wildlife, boasting two ‘Bug Hotels’.

A colony of fairies have set up camp in the garden and established a fairy garden.

The children also painted some fairy doors which are dotted around the garden, as well as making a variety of pieces that can be displayed in the fairy garden from clay.

The garden is very therapeutic and is a place where the children can go to relax, work and have fun.

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