Severna Park Elementary School Gets a New Landscape!

Severna Park resident Amy Faust set out to refurbish the landscape at the elementary school her child attends, and her first stop was to solicit the help of Homestead Gardens.  Why?  According to a story in the Severna Park Patch, because “Their reputation is awesome.”  Amy, we think you’re awesome, too, for pulling off this terrific project – and we’re happy to be a part of it.

Jeff Opel, our landscaping manager, and Dave Hanger, our general manager, were very hands-on.  (Opel happens to be an alum of the school!)  Jeff worked with Amy to develop the landscape plan, and Dave helped develop a “wish list” of plants for the project.  The plan and the wish list are on display at the school and both Homestead locations, where plants for the project are sold at a discount.  Homestead also donated plants outright, and Dave got literally hands-on for the actual planting at the school.  We hope to be posting photos of  the project next spring – exciting!

And speaking of school gardens, how about this terrific video about how to create a school vegetable garden produced by our very own University of Maryland?  It features Jon Traunfeld of the Extension Service and Chrissa Carlson, gardening and nutrition educator at the Hampstead Hill Academy in Baltimore County.

Posted by Susan Harris

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