Students dig into native-plant project in Fauntleroy

(WSB photos)

As spring approaches, it’s a great time to plant, and that’s why fifth-graders from Taproot School were out helping this morning with a new pocket garden at Kilbourne Ravine, by the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Above, Fauntleroy Watershed Council volunteer Mike Arizona was helping guide them. They had nine species of native shrubs and ground-cover plants to work with:

The pocket garden is meant “to demonstrate the use of beneficial native plants in any landscape,” Judy Pickens, also from the watershed councll, tells WSB. It’ll hold an interpretive sign too.

Volunteers have worked for six years to restore the ravine, with the help of a $70,000 grant from the King Conservation District. The pocket garden’s funding comes from a $4,000 grant from the 2019 West Seattle Garden Tour; maintenance will be funded by donations to the Fauntleroy Watershed Stewardship Fund.

4 Replies to "Students dig into native-plant project in Fauntleroy"

  • Yma March 3, 2020 (10:10 pm)

    Yay!can we get a list of the 9 native plants? I’ll make sure to put them/more of them in my yard.

  • Love rock March 4, 2020 (12:27 am)

    West seattle has 1 third of the green spaces in seattle. How lucky are we.

  • Judy March 4, 2020 (7:36 am)

    The native species we selected to benefit bees and birds, hold the soil next to the slope, and cover the ground to discourage weeds are as follows: flowering red currant; red huckleberry; evergreen huckleberry; tall Oregon grape; Indian plum; snowberry; fringe cup; sword fern; deer fern

  • Lincolnparklove March 7, 2020 (12:08 am)

    I spoke with some fish and wildlife they suggested buckwheat and millet for waterfowl. There are some wonderful harliquin ducks at Lincoln park do not miss them. Budget cuts have really hurt those folks .

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