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Garden club acquires new land

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Club officers Thalia Garoufalidis and Ayla McGinnis shake hands in front of the old pollinator garden. The garden club was started with the goal of creating a bee-friendly environment right on DHS grounds.

Club officers Thalia Garoufalidis and Ayla McGinnis shake hands in front of the old pollinator garden. The garden club was started with the goal of creating a bee-friendly environment right on DHS grounds.

Club officers Thalia Garoufalidis and Ayla McGinnis shake hands in front of the old pollinator garden. The garden club was started with the goal of creating a bee-friendly environment right on DHS grounds.

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The Decatur High School Garden Club kicked off the new year two weeks ago and began to make preparations for the goals they hope to meet. The club has more to discuss than usual due to recent developments regarding the land the club is allowed to tend.

Since its conception in 2012, the club had access only to the small plot of land roughly the size of a parking space that is largely blocked from view due to its position, by the trailers. Due to construction over the past summer, the club was not able to tend the space, known as the pollinator garden, while out of school. However, club officer Ayla McGinnis is not concerned about its upkeep.

“The past garden club decided that they wanted to have a pollinator garden, but I don’t think that’s really our focus anymore.” McGinnis said. “Plus, it doesn’t matter if it looks bad because nobody can see it.”

After negotiations with DHS principal Arlethea Williams, the club has secured a new plot of land right next to the west school entrance. Club president Thomas Russell hopes to work more with the culinary department in deciding what to do with the new ground.

“We’re hoping to collaborate more,” Russell said. “We’re going to have a share in planning it, and designing it and what flowers to choose and so will [the culinary department].”

Some of the many plants and amenities the club hopes to put in the new space include more bushes, terraces, stepping stones, a fountain, and various flora that can be used in cooking.

Club president Thomas Rusell stands in front of the club's new land. One of the first renovations the club hopes to make is to rip out and replace the two bushes.

Club president Thomas Russell stands in front of the club’s new land. One of the first renovations the club hopes to make is to rip out and replace the two bushes.

In addition to the new land, the club has acquired several new members, a total of ten at the most recent meeting. Just last year, the club had only five dedicated members.

“There is endless gardening and weeding to be done, we can use all the help we can get.” Said club officer Thalia Garoufalidis.

The ultimate goal of each group member is to become a master gardener, a rather prestigious title within the gardening world that requires a certification.

Club officer McGinnis holds a ripe pear freshly picked from the club's pear tree. The group had not expected results from the tree so early and were surprised at seeing the many pears it held.

Club officer McGinnis holds a ripe pear freshly picked from the club’s pear tree. The group had not expected results from the tree so early and were surprised at seeing the many pears it held.

 

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Photos by Carter White.

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