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Community Service Projects
Brookmont Community Church Goes Native
JUNE 2011—FOCUS ON COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Lending a helping hand to Washington, DC/Metro Area communities since 1964
Garden Gate Donates Day of Service, Expertise
Brookmont Community Church 'Goes Native' This spring Garden Gate helped the Brookmont Community Church in Bethesda by donating a day of service. Brookmont needed assistance solving some drainage problems—water was seeping into the basement and a solution was needed. Brandon Sackett, one of our talented Landscape Design Consultants recommended a viable grading solution. However, Brandon immediately saw an opportunity to contribute more. Click here to watch a video
Over the past few years the Brookmont has been working on 'going native' by both incorporating more native plantings into their landscape and using their landscape to help educate people on how native plants can be beautiful and beneficial for wildlife and plant communities. Brandon offered ideas on how to rearrange existing plantings and add others that would support birds and butterflies. To promote learning and enjoyment of the garden by even the youngest community members, Brandon placed cut walnut logs throughout the plantings so the Brookmont day care children would have a place to sit and watch the garden and its inhabitants.
Garden Gate was pleased to support this wonderful project and the people of Brookmont Community Church through the donation of time, design and materials.
Garden Gate Helps Build Outdoor Classroom
Support for Atholton Elementary School and their 2011 Green Team theme: No Child Left Inside
There was magic in the air as many volunteers and donors came together on June 3rd to construct Atholton's beautiful outdoor classroom. Garden Gate provided plants and labor led by our motivated contract administrator Rod Young and an expert Garden Gate crew. Together, they helped with the project that included an amphitheater-style classroom, tables for working in small groups, a bird blind for observing birds in their habitat, and a nature path down to the babbling stream. Click here to view video.
New research is showing that spending time outdoors improves student behavior, attendance and attitudes. Being outdoors reduces student stress and fosters a deeper connection with the environment while allowing an alternative way for students to learn. This completed project now serves as a model in Howard County and will benefit their students, staff and community for years to come.
If you have a worthy project for 2012, let us know!