Photo: Mayor Jordan plants herbs with garden club students during the dedication event.
Butterfield Trail Elementary Celebrates New Garden Space
Story written by Dana Smith. Dana is a member of the Arkansas Energy Corps and on staff at Fayetteville Public Schools.
Butterfield Trail Elementary School, in partnership with local nonprofit Apple Seeds, Inc., and the Fayetteville Environmental Action Committee's Community Wildlife Habitat Project ™ celebrated the dedication of a garden/wildlife space last Thursday. The new space, which includes a rain garden, raised vegetable garden beds, herb garden and pollinator garden is the first of its kind for any Fayetteville Public School.
The celebration included an herb planting activity with Mayor Lioneld Jordan and a garden tour. Students from the after school Gardening Club presented two new raised beds for the space. The event was the culmination of nearly six months of work planning and planting led by community member and Butterfield parent, Terri Lane. Community partners involved in this project include the Butterfield Trail Parent & Teacher Organization, Fayetteville in Bloom, Master Gardeners, and several others.
Future plans for the new learning space include installing a water feature, planting additional herbs and vegetables, installing interpretive signage, and building an outdoor classroom area where all teachers can lead lessons.
This project is made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education. Other significant funding for the project has come from the Butterfield PTO, Community Wildlife Habitat Project, Fayetteville in Bloom, and Illinois River Watershed Partnership.