The Frederick Douglass School Garden is built on a once blighted lot that was being used as an illegal dump site. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KCB), a dedicated team of Lowes Heroes employee volunteers and other community volunteers spent over 800 hours transforming it into a space for the K-6 students to use as a learning laboratory.
The purpose of this interactive garden is to be a respite from the stresses of school; a place where students can come and just be kids. It houses an Activity Center with a mini-greenhouse, a tool shed and a rainwater collection system. In addition to growing veggies, herbs and berries, plans include a Monarch butterfly-friendly garden, an art and journaling area for neighboring afterschool enrichment programs, a sensory garden and a walking meditation pathway.
Our intent is for the children to explore and connect with the soil, to discover the wonders of nature while becoming aware of the importance of environmental stewardship.
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