The Hedge School at Dromiskin National School – A Bee and Butterfly Garden

April 17, 2012

St. Peter’s National School (Dromiskin, County Louth)  is making a home for bees and butterflies in the garden surrounding their outdoor classroom. This garden is a laboratory for students to learn about biodiversity. It is a habitat for bees and butterflies, as the nectar from cottage garden flowers, flowering shrubs and wildflowers feed these vital pollinating insects.

The garden was planted by the students of St. Peter’s National School to celebrate the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations 2012. This garden celebrates traditional flowers; it is a living history portraying the colourful variety of flowers typically enjoyed in the past. St. Peter’s National School and Dromiskin Tidy Towns are encouraging everyone in Dromiskin to make bees
and butterflies feel at home by planting flowers in their gardens. By welcoming bees and butterflies into our gardens, we are not only propagating our heritage, but also planting for our future.

Biodiversity gardens in schools contribute to emotional fulfillment, inspiration, environmental activism, solace, creativity, language, psychological and spiritual well-being (ENFO Ireland).

Children’s relationship with nature also enhances their concentration, conceptual understandings of the world and develops their communication skills through teamwork.

The Hedge School, Bee and Butterfly Garden Plant List:

Ceanothus (California Lilac), Tree Mallow, Valerian, Forsythia, Achillea (Yarrow), Tree Lupin, Viburnum, Broom, Verbena bonariensis, Spirea, Rudbeckia, Buddleia, Scabious, Sedum, Elecampane, Hollyhocks, Foxgloves, Lilacs, Nepeta (Cat Mint), Apple and Plum Trees, Asters, Chrysanthemums, Verbascum, Teasel, Rock Rose, Monkshood Flower, Purple Leaved Geraniums, Teasel, Salvia, Nasturtium,s, and Sweet Peas.


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