SPES Begins Beautification Initiative
Photo by Paul Lancione
Volunteer gardener Julie Shay (left) hands out plant bulbs to Severna Park Elementary first graders while classmates place the bulbs in a garden near the main entrance to the school.
By Caroline Selle, Student Reporter
This fall, Severna Park Elementary School students, teachers, parents, and the Severna Park community all pitched in to help beautify the school grounds. Classes will now all have their own designated garden, and the PTA grounds committee has reclaimed the butterfly garden. Many beds around the school have been replanted, and the one by the school sign has been landscaped.
“It's been a real community effort,” said Alyson Figlioli, the PTA volunteer coordinator for the school. “Several families have donated plants and flowers and several area businesses have chipped in with services and time too.”
Figlioli headed the landscaping project around the school sign, which took months of planning and help from members of the community. “In the spring, we approached Quayle and Company Design and Build, who had just opened an office across the street from the school, about helping us give our school sign a facelift,” recalled Figlioli.
Hal Quayle offered donations, a new landscaping plan was created and the old landscaping was removed. “New native and hardy plants were added,” said Mrs. Figlioli, who added, “We have been conscious of being “green” in our efforts.”
Invasive plants were removed, plant materials were recycled, and a new garden composting area was created. As a result the sign is now surrounded by landscaping that should be colorful no matter the season. Plants include dogwoods, yew, wild indigo, candytuft, coreopsis, wild geranium, nepeta and daffodils.
“The whole area is opened up and looks brand new,” said Mrs. Figlioli. “The reaction to the plantings around the sign has been unanimously positive,” she concluded.
Many other projects are occurring at the school currently, including spring bulb planting.