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.

Seeds & Spring Salad

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…

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Earth Day

Earth Day is a worldwide event in support and protection of the environment. In the Wilton Garden, students are learning that is possible to coexist with nature despite living in urban busy cities.  It requires ingenuity and care and appreciation of the natural world. As for now, keeping the edible garden alive and thriving is a great start to…

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Spring is Here.

Spring is here! Rain and cooler days are here too. Rain and cooler days have arrived a bit late, flowers are sprouting, herbs and few warm season crops are making their way too. After garden maintenance, students harvested flowers and herbs to celebrate Spring and all the beautiful flowers that bloom around this time. Many flowers…

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Welcome to the Wilton Garden!!

Today was the first day for the new cycle of students. They came excited and ready to eat something.  The garden welcomed them with a fresh leafy green salad. Students are working the soils and getting the garden ready for Spring and Summer. They tilt, cultivate, rake and water the beds and lots of healthy…

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Too Hot for February..

Today’s class was about the weather and planning your garden around it. Plants thrive and grow according to their season, healthy soil, seeds, and water, inconsistency in weather affect the way plants grow. for example, February is a winter month, normally cool season crops are in full bloom enjoying the cool and rainy days. But February…

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Seed Anatomy at Wilton

Students learned the parts of the seed, and how to find them  when plants have finished their life cycle. They observed sunflowers and bean seeds to identify  the following parts: the seed coat, embryo, and cotyledon. At the end of the lesson, students had their garden activity. The bugambilia bush in the garden drops lots of flowers,…

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Seed Saving at Wilton Place

Many plants are finishing their life cycle and students are learning what happens when the plant dries, where to look for seeds, and how to save them to plant them again when their season to grow returns. A quick salad with leafy greens, radishes, and herbs kept these classes fresh during the warm winter weather….

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End of the Fall Semester at Wilton Place and Kipp Empower

The fall semester came to a close at Wilton Place and Kipp Empower. Both schools had a fruitful and wonderful Fall Semester, and students are eager to see how the garden grows in the new year. Students at Wilton Place wrote some messages using chalk, expressing how much they enjoyed garden classes. At KIPP, students…

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Observing with the Magnifying Glasses at Wilton

With magnifying glasses in hand, students collected data in the garden at Wilton Place Elementary.  They had to observe plants, find friends and foes, collect information, and create new experiences using this wonderful tool!  The magnifying glasses helped them bring the garden closer to their eye and discover a microscopic world that can only be…

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Harvest Party

Wilton Place finished their 6-week class by testing radishes, tomatoes, and herbs.  Students planted radishes seeds in the beginning of the six weeks and they were surprised to see how fast they were growing. Students put their gardening skills to test and all that they have learned in previous classes to practice. We are working…

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Mariquita, 무당벌레, Ladybug.

Ladybugs are friends of the garden who have a great appetite for aphids. These voracious friends help reduce aphids (foe of the garden) from zapping on stems and munching on leaves. As we prepare the garden for cool season crops,  against a never-ending warm weather,  students released ladybugs throughout the garden beds. Some of them had…

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Habitat projects at Wilton Place!

We had a busy end of the school year at Wilton place by closing the lessons with a habitat unit.  The students identified the garden as the habitat we have spent learning about over the previous weeks. We talked about how topics such as worms, plant life cycles, composting, bees, are all pieces that come…

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Spring Cleaning

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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!

    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?

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

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

(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

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

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

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”

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

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!

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!

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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