Garden Intro at Atwater Ave Elementary


I’ve got a brand new set of gardeners this week at Atwater Ave Elementary! That means it’s time to whip this rain-soaked garden into shape for spring. It’s been raining pretty consistently for the past few months – hallelujah – and some things have started to look a little weather-worn. I spent this week getting new signs ready and tackling the overgrowth!



I spoke with the new gardeners this week about garden do’s and don’ts and what habits and behaviors are garden-appropriate. The students this semester are more than on the ball! We played a plant identification game, using clues about different fruits and veggies to guess what they might be.


After our game, students got to check out the garden and explore different textures and sights of what’s growing, both new and familiar.

I’m excited to get started with these students! Spring is coming up, meaning that once we get the garden tidied, we can get a lot of new plants in the ground.

Until next time,

Ranger Natalie

Natalie Hodson

Natalie is an industrial designer with a passion for sustainability and building. She inherited her mother’s green thumb, and was fascinated with plants from a young age, spending most of her childhood wandering around the woods in Northeastern Ohio. Now, Natalie loves to spend her time wandering around national parks, trying new foods, and building things. She graduated in 2014 from the Rhode Island School of Design and has lived in LA ever since.