Archive for March, 2010

Two of Green Lake’s Kindergarten teachers attended a three day workshop last weekend at the Olympic Park Institute in Olympic National Park in order to learn more on the topic of schoolyard field investigations. Mr. Hansen and Ms. Blemker report the weekend was a wonderful experience filled with great ideas for outdoor education. Olympic Park Institute provides these educator weekend workshops twice per year and every one has a unique focus. The Kindergarten teachers found such value in the experience, they plan to return to the Institute in the fall for the next workshop and recruit other teachers from the school to attend as well. Ms. Blemker, who is also a Green Lake Garden Club member, feels participation will ensure Green Lake uses the Olallie Garden for a number of enrichment learning opportunities. Ms. Blemker will begin utilizing the Olallie Garden next month as an outdoor classroom when she and her students plant starts in the new raised beds. Her class will also have the responsibility of maintaining the worm bins built by some of her students this past weekend. You can follow her class’s journey with the garden on her classroom webpage.


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Our first Work Party is happening this Saturday to complete Phase I of our project.  With volunteers from Ms. Blemker’s Kindergarten class and Scouts from Troop 70 we will be installing new raised veggie beds and have them ready for Spring planting.  The kiders will also be making and populating some new school worm bins.  The Kindergarten classes will be in charge of taking care of our new garden worms through the school year.  Garden Club will then use the “castings” as super rich fertilizer in the garden.  This will be a very fun project for both the Garden Club and the Kindergarten classes. 

 We will also have a Master Composter on hand from Seattle Tilth to educate about the importance of organic soil building.  A big thanks to Seattle Tilth for supporting our Olallie Garden Project!  CORRECTION:  Tilth can not send a Master Composter to our Work Party this Saturday, but we hope to have them out during our Summer Work Parties.

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Look who stopped by Olallie the other day.  A pair of Mallard Ducks!  I also invite you to check out our new photos of the garden this Spring.  These are all the “Before” photos and we’ll keep posting new ones as the project progresses.

Visitors to Olallie

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Hello everyone and welcome to the official kickoff of the Green Lake Garden Club’s project blog.  This blog is designed to communicate to our friends and neighbors our two great passions; gardening and over-committing-to-volunteerism.  Green Lake Garden Club is a group of parents at Green Lake Elementary School who wanted to do something beautiful and lasting to the existing native plant garden called “Olallie Native Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary”.

Certified through The National Wildlife Federation and the Washington Department of Wildlife, Olallie Garden is a 6,000 square foot Native Garden and Wildlife Sanctuary located on the grounds of Green Lake Elementary School.  This educational garden was planted 17 years ago by a group of dedicated and hardworking parents at Green Lake Elementary School.  Using a Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant from the City and lots of volunteerism, these parents transformed a marshy patch of grass into a natural landscape delighting wild birds, students and neighbors alike.  Today, a new generation of PTA parents are looking to improve and enhance this natural habitat.  Olallie Native Garden and Wildlife Sanctuary goes beyond a mere “park”.  By focusing on native plant specimens, Olallie provides a living “archive” for these special plants that are overlooked by most gardeners.  The educational benefits extend from the students at the school learning about organic and sustainable gardening methods and earth stewardship and into the neighborhood with opportunities to observe wild birds in a natural habitat. 

Green Lake Garden Club and Green Lake PTA are thrilled to announce that we have received a Small and Simple grant from the City’s Neighborhood Matching Fund.  We are honored that we are one of 48 projects selected out of the 81 that applied.  These funds will be used over the next 7-8 months to improve and enhance our existing Olallie Native Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary.  Please continue to visit this site for updates on our progress and ways for you to help out.  To learn more check out our “About” page.

Thanks and enjoy our blog,

Green Lake Garden Club

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Check back often for updates on the project and info on work parties and how you can help


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