Outdoor Classroom/Garden

The purpose of this page is to document the history of the WKE Garden and Nature Trail area as well as the progress of the garden’s revitalization.

On Saturday, February 18, 2012, six staff members met around 8 a.m. to start cleaning up our outdoor garden. Attending the event were; Jo Ann Dieckmann, First Grade Teacher, Brian French, ABA Therapist, Jerry Rich, Fourth Grade Teacher, Martha Goff, assistant Principal, and Sam Goff, WKE extended family, and myself. I think we collected around 2 dump trucks worth of debris. Special thank to our wonderful neighbor, Jim Riddle, for letting us make some noise in the woods on this early Saturday morning.

To help us prepare for this day, Doug Rohrer, a parent of a 5th grade student, entered the garden area on Friday, February 17 and cut down several tall trees. The area was much safer for us to work as a result. Heavy rains eventually caused Mr. Rohrer to leave sooner than expected but he was able to get a tremendous amount of work completed.

For more pictures of this day, click here.

On Friday, May 11, 2012, Barbara Rohrer and Girl Scout Troop 468 went into the garden area. Accompanying GST468 was Doug Rohrer and Jim Dicker, an SC native plant specialist. Mr. Dicker helped us identify and stay clear of any poison ivy that was growing in the area. He also identified a Tulip Poplar growing among the multitude of pine trees. He gave us an interesting lesson on the Tulip Poplar.
The 16 member troop and guests planted two azaleas, one lantana, two purple butterfly buses and four Mexican heathers. They also installed one compost tumble bin. The plants and compost bin were purchased with funds provided by DHEC through a grant written by Jennifer Gillespie, ESOL teacher. I’ve posted pictures of the work completed, plants, compost barrel, and Tulip Poplar tree here.

On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, I spotted our first intended guest. (I’m sure he wasn’t our first, but he is the first documented one.)