On Thursday, May 2nd more than 200 students from Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School participated in the annual Spring Planting Day, a great hands-on opportunity for students to learn about planting, at the South Baltimore school at 100 E. Heath St. This year students planted more than 200 plants, mulched all of the plant beds and weeded and watered the area in the front of the school.
In partnership with the Friends of Riverside Park, 28 roses, 30 daisies, 30 black-eyed Susans and 144 liriopes were planted thanks to a $913 grant from the Parks and People Neighborhood Greening Grant. Thomas Johnson and the Riverside Neighborhood Association also teamed up to purchase 15 yards of mulch, which was not covered in the grant, for the project.
Additional plants and materials were also donated by several people and organizations. TreeBaltimore supplied four Eastern Redbud trees and Jon Mayers from Chesapeake Realty Partners (2 East Wells/1901 South Charles) donated barberries, daylilies and shrubs for the landscaping in front of the soon-to-be demolished building at 2 E. Wells. An ornamental oak and 10 boxwoods were acquired at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery and Trade Show (MANTS) and tools were provided by Parks and People’s CGN ToolBank.
Nancy Baum, who teaches Pre-K, coordinates the green committee at Thomas Johnson. She organized for different classes to come out every 30 minutes during the plating. A core of middle school students were outside for most of the day to mentor the young students and teach them planting basics. Jackson Fischer, a parent volunteer, was also key in organizing the event and working with the students.
Next time you are in the area, check out the landscaping at Thomas Johnson – what a great job done by all involved!