Field reports from

Wilton Place Elementary School

The garden at Wilton Place Elementary School was completed in Spring 2013 with the help of Fox Gives and Antioch University Los Angeles.

Spring Cleaning

By Alexys Thomas / March 10, 2017

At Wilton Place, we worked on prepping the beds for planting. We weeded, took out any dead plants and added them to the compost, and raked our soil loose for seeds. We also went to the upper garden to weed and plant native seeds. We looked at native flowers and decided which to plant. Before…

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Pollination

By Christina Perez / February 19, 2017

I’ve always enjoyed teaching pollination because it is such adds to not only understanding how seeds are formed but also flower anatomy. Which often doesn’t get taught until 8th grade middle school. I’ve always found it fun to simply the concept to make it into something that kids can understand.   Most plants form flowers…

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Planting at Wilton Place

By Christina Perez / February 19, 2017

At Wilton Place we have been talking so much about our life cycles of plants. I always feel like it is way more fun to witness it first hand. So we began to plant both radishes and beans in our school garden. We will check on our sprouts and see what our little seeds needs…

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Rain or Shine, We Can Still Grow

By Christina Perez / January 24, 2017

Last week at Wilton Place it was a very rain friday. But We where about to come together and still discuss plans for the school garden. I dubbed the  5th grade class the official garden stewards for the school.  Giving them a little more responsibility to help ensure that our school garden is well taken…

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Wilton Place Clean Up

By Christina Perez / January 24, 2017

After 3 weeks of no school, it feels great to get the garden back into good shape and ready for more plants so soak up all of this rain. A big big thank you to my wonderful students helpers who used their recess time to help me get a whole love of grasses and plants…

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If they grow it, they will eat it!

By Christina Perez / December 11, 2016

Wilton place students love to eat there veggies. My favorite part about working with EnrichLA is our harvest party, seeing kids get eager and excited about eating fresh veggies always feels like a big success. These guys could not simply way to try there creation and labor of love.

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Sprouts to come!

By Christina Perez / December 4, 2016

Our little gardeners at Wilton Place absolutely love to get their hands dirty. These eager sweet hears got so excited to plant in our seed trays! This week students planted, beets and lettuce to grow in out school garden. We will see out these little sprouts develop over time and eventually even get a chance…

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Milkweed Munchies

By Christina Perez / December 4, 2016

At Wilton Place, we are very lucky to have lots of beautiful Milkweed in our garden. It provides the favorite snack for the this iconic larvae the Monarch caterpillar getting ready for a winter roost. No other butterfly on earth travels as far as the Monarch butterfly does. The U.S., the eastern population migrates both…

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Buzzy Buzzy Bees

By Christina Perez / December 3, 2016

Before our break the little gardeners at Wilton Place Elementary transformed into bees, in our game called buzzy buzzy bee. Before we played we talked about how are busy bee visits certain parts of the flower so that we can get seeds. That also do something called Cross Pollination, which is when a bee (or…

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The Life of Seeds

By Christina Perez / October 30, 2016

This week our mung beans plants are looking absolutely wonderful! They where planted by our last session students, so it was this sessions turn to learn what exactly is a seed. We discussed the similarities between plant and human life cycles, and seed is a baby plant. But the seeds that we have stored or…

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Harvest Party at Wilton Place

By Christina Perez / October 20, 2016

Last week at Wilton Place we had a lovely harvest party, picking fresh veggies from our garden! For our greens we harvested lovely dinosaur kale, longevity spinach, basil and amaranth greens… Giving them a good wash, then breaking them up, washing them again… We then tossed our freshly washed greens into our salad bowl. We…

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Beans 콩 at Wilton Place

By Christina Perez / October 14, 2016

Last week at Wilton Place we planted Beans also know as Kong 콩 in Korean. Students left little tags near their plants so they can watch them grow over time.

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Edible Garden

By Christina Perez / October 2, 2016

Wilton Place loves our school Garden so much they actually even began to create plans to map out there own imaginary garden. We actually are lucky to have a lot of these things growing already but its really wonderful to see that they have been thinking and even dreaming about the garden even when I…

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Monarchs in our Milkweed

By Christina Perez / September 25, 2016

This week at Wilton Place Elementary got to witness a marvelous metamorphosis of the Monarch as it emerged from its chrysalis. And it looks like we will be having more to come!

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Closer look at the little things

By Christina Perez / September 18, 2016

This week at Wilton Place we explored the tinier things roaming around in the garden. Every living creature both big and small, have an important role in our eco system. These little things we often take for granted can be food for some of our garden friends, and even the soil its self.

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Wilton Place Transformation

By Christina Perez / September 18, 2016

Last week it was a pleasure to return to Wilton Place and see wonderful changes had accord. We know have shelves, shade and places along our wall to help students identify plants easily. Very very excited to be back. And the garden was wonderfully productive this summer and it was wonderful returning to so many…

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Purples,Blues,Oranges,Yellows

By Alexys Thomas / July 19, 2016

Wilton Place has a variety of beautiful flowers and edible growing in all colors. Orange and red nasturtiums, yellow sunflowers, red strawberries and tomatoes, blue bachelor button flowers, pink bougainvillea. It is a delight to work this garden, and we are excited for the students to return and enjoy it as well!

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Veggie Stamps

By Christina Perez / June 2, 2016

It is not very often you are told to play with your food. Let alone make art with it. But in this case, the students at Wilton Place Elementary were encouraged to do all of that. We created some veggie stamps by using a simple washable ink, fruit, and veggies to make cards for the…

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Fresh, Free and Delicous

By Christina Perez / June 1, 2016

At Wilton Place Elementary, we began talking about the end of a plant life cycle and harvest. We pick the vegetables when they are fresh and ripe, and still filled with those lovely nutrients that help out body. Our school garden was looking lush and beautiful so we decided to have a harvest party with…

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Lil Stewards of Wilton Place

By Christina Perez / May 29, 2016

The other week we planted drought resistant plants in a front end of the school garden to add a bit more life in area that was not doing to well in the past.I’ve been blown away by the enthusiasm students at Wilton Place Elementary school. It has been incredibly encouraging. Students are even bringing in their…

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A Bug’s Life

By Christina Perez / May 8, 2016

  Even the tiny creatures have an important job in our ecosystem. Last week at Wilton Place, we got to know our bug’s life a little better. There are some bugs that plant’s consider friends; for example honeybees and butterflies helpful pollinators. Although garden pest can be bit of a hassle for some plants they…

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Alexys visits Wilton Place!

By Alexys Thomas / May 5, 2016

    Wilton Place’s garden is thriving this spring, with biodiversity in every bed. The pests have been managed-Bermuda grass to be excused-and the plants are happier than ever! Garden Ranger Christina has shown that she really knows her way around plant friends!

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Halt! What grows there?

By team / April 24, 2016

The students at Wilton Place took a look at different at soil types and we discuss how different plants grow in different places. We also talked about roots. We then explored outside and took a peak at our beds.

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New Cycle at Wilton Place

By team / April 23, 2016

Starting off a new cycle at Wilton Place Elementary with a garden scavenger hunt to help the students get to know our garden a little more. Using their senses look,touch, feel and smell students explored the garden. We also talked about why gardens are important and began to discuss the way things grow. I was…

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Buzzy Buzzy Bee

By team / April 11, 2016

(Planting Peppers for the next cycle of students to enjoy) Last week was our last day with our second cycle at Wilton Place. We began our day going over our last big idea, Pollination and how flower becomes a fruit through our friends the Buzzy Buzzy Bee. To help them best understand this concept of…

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A Surprise Visit at Wilton Place Elementary

By Eleanor Goodrich / April 1, 2016

While we were harvesting beets for a big salad, Mrs Meredith brought her worm farm to visit the garden. The students were very excited to see the worms and we got to have an impromptu mini-lesson about food waste and nutrient cycles. Then, Mrs Meredith had another surprise; the worms are ready to make a…

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Brassica Beauties

By team / March 31, 2016

Beautiful Brassicas growing at Wilton Place. We began our discussion talking about plant families introduce the students to the brassica bed. Although plants can belong to the same family they have their own characteristics, and we even eat different plants parts. But these plants carry similar nutrients that help our body functions. We talked a…

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Garden Buddies

By team / March 31, 2016

A grasshopper payed a visit to the Wilton Place Elementary at an optimal time while discussing how bugs live in our garden. A little school garden works a lot like any ecosystem, and ever thing, no matter how big or small has a purpose in the garden. Ranger Christina

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Veggie says “Vitamin A”

By team / March 6, 2016

Keeping a along the theme of nutrients, Wilton Place Elementary learned why their favorite fruits and veggies are so important. We talked a bit about why it’s important to eat healthy for good energy. We then remembering our garden names, we talked about what exactly those fruits actually do for our body. For example, Joshua…

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Catching up with Wilton Place

By team / March 6, 2016

Two weeks ago I also began to teach at Wilton Place Elementary. They have an adorable school garden tucked in the back near the play ground, that has some beautiful brassicas growing. I introduced to myself to my classes as Christina Beet, but they can call me Ms.Beet because much like the veggie I am…

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Wilton Place is Looking Green!

By team / June 27, 2015

This week on my visit to Wilton Place Elementary I was excited to see how much had changed since my last visit.  The herb garden was doing particularly well and the California poppies were at their peak!  I discovered some small green beans growing.  This garden seems to be doing great and I can’t wait…

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Flowering Garden at Wilton Place!

By team / June 15, 2015

I was excited to see so many flowers on my visit to Wilton Place Elementary this week.  This garden has a wide variety of plants and most of them were ripening or flowering! The scent of the lavender and mint plants is hard to miss when passing by this garden, and the brightly colored flowers capture the…

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Blooming Wilton Place

By team / May 29, 2015

Look at these beautiful blooming poppy flowers!   These seeds were sewn by Wilton Place students back in February and are providing such a lovely habitat for honeybees!  Bringing pollinators and other beneficial insects to the garden improves ALL the plants growing. Between each corner of flowers we have eggplants, onions, and two tomatoes.     Students…

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Rainy Day with Baby Plants

By team / May 15, 2015

It was too wet to visit the garden, so we brought the plants to us!  Students used magnifying glasses to see the details on these tiny seedlings.      They felt fuzzy stems and fuzzy leaves. Some of the seedlings had spines!   Next week, we’ll plant them in the garden!

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Tree Trimming

By team / May 1, 2015

Kindergardeners watch a tree trimming operation at Wilton Place Elementary. After our lesson on soil, they told me we could use the fallen branches and leaves for compost! Sometimes you have to cut them down so they will grow bigger and stronger the following year!

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Wilton Place Presents: What Kind of Caterpillar!??!!??!

By team / March 18, 2015

Look at what the office staff found crawling around Wilton Place today! Apparently, about 20 of these little guys were crawling around by the office and library.  After consulting the internet experts, I think they could be Mourning Cloak Butterfly larvae, Nimphalis antiopa. They like to eat elm, willow, wild rose, and poplar leaves.  They can…

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It’s a Menagerie at Wilton Place!

By team / February 21, 2015

We saw so many animals in the garden last week that Ranger Adina had trouble keeping up taking all the photographs! First up, a yellow lizard lurking in the mulch: Second, a tachanid fly resting on a bean leaf. Tachanid flies are kind of rad because they lay their eggs on another insect or caterpillar,…

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OMG We found a caterpillar at Wilton Place!!!

By team / February 13, 2015

Eagle-eyes students in Ms. Ruiz’s 3rd grade class spotted this bright yellow caterpillar in the garden this morning. It was perfect timing because we were actually searching for animals who live in the garden. Can you spot the real caterpillar on the picture of the caterpillars? We made him/her a little habitat in a cup…

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Wilton Place Potatoes

By team / February 6, 2015

Ranger Adina is obsessed with growing potatoes, and is bringing Wilton Place along for the ride!  Every class is going to grow their own batch of potatoes in a portable bucket.  Here is Ms. Ryou’s class mixing fertilizer in with some compost before placing two small fingerling potatoes in the bucket. Students selected a spot…

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Grasshopper Alert at Wilton Place!

By team / February 2, 2015

Grasshopper spotted at Wilton Place Elementary. Brown and tan with some black spots. Seen in the kale plants. If you see it again, please catch it!

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Wilton Place Presents: Name that Bug!

By team / January 30, 2015

Who can identify this brownish bug hanging out on the tomato vines?  Wilton Place students found these guys a few months ago, and we thought we had them pegged as Assassin Bugs.  Now I’m not so sure… Could they be Squash Bugs?  Or Western Conifer Stink Bugs?

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Purple greens at Wilton Place

By team / January 25, 2015

Enrich LA was lucky to get a huge seed donation over winter break, so the kindergarteners at Wilton Place get to plant them!  We started out with by mixing potting soil with water and making it really wet for the seeds.   The next step was filling the seed trays almost to the top with…

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Winter Greens Tasting at Vine Street and Wilton Place!

By team / December 23, 2014

Students at Vine Street and Wilton Place were lucky to take part in a taste test of the winter greens that were planted in their school gardens last week. We tasted baby spinach, butter lettuce, green cabbage, and dinosaur kale. It was many students’ first times trying these foods! After studying the nutritional information, students…

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Catching Grasshoppers is Hard

By team / December 5, 2014

One sunny morning last month, Ranger Adina and David spotted two very large grasshoppers chillaxing in the tomato plant.   While grasshoppers look super cool and are amazing when they jump, they are not good for the garden.  Grasshoppers eat all parts of a plant, and they can completely destroy the garden.  We needed to…

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Wilton Place has some new additions!

By team / November 26, 2014

Here we have the watering corner: a bucket filled with lots and lots of smaller cups with which to water the garden. This is the Bougainvillea Basket, where we can put all of the pink flower petals that fall gently on top of our plants.  Mixing in some water will help the petals eventually break up…

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