FEDERATED IN 1953
FEDERATED IN 1953
Our Discovery Garden was begun in the late 1990’s when our new garden member, Marilyn Butcher, decided to take on the task of the planning and work. Initially, the garden was just a 11’ x 16’ fenced patch of only two rows with the idea being to find ways to have a successful garden in our rocky, shallow soil. Our poor soil led to the first strategy that is still used today: lasagna gardening instead of traditional methods!
The Hunt Garden Club and the Hunt School joined forces and established the following four major project objectives:
1. Create an interest in gardening with young people through positive cross-generation relationships based on knowledge, interest and experience.
2. Support the school curriculum through real life applications
3. Offer the opportunity for students to use problem solving skills to find solutions to community needs and share the results of their work with the Hill Country community.
4. Give students the opportunity to beautify their own environments, at school, at home and in the community through gardening.
The garden was a phenomenal success and the program has evolved ever since. One of the first big problems in the tiny Discovery Garden was the Hill Country water crisis. An anchor donation was given by the Hunt Garden Club to find a solution. Significant grants from businesses and community partners were received, as well as donations from Hunt School 5th graders, garden club members and private sources and as a result the leaders of the Discovery Garden we able to have a 20,000 gallon tank installed with a gravity driven collection system to create a rain water catchment system. This simple, but effective system, is used to water the garden and athletic field
It was quickly realized that a bigger garden space was needed. In 2001, a new 50’ x 60’ fenced garden was established with 5 rows to provide space for the 40-50 students from the 4th and 5th grades and approximately 30 adult volunteers. Each Fall and Spring, there are 10-12 workdays in the garden for the students. In addition to the work in the garden, there are also lessons prepared by the garden club team members from the Junior Master Gardener curriculum, a program developed by Texas A&M.
In 2003 a greenhouse was installed to extend the growing season and today the entire Discovery Garden is a mini-agricultural complex with a tool shed, composting area and water drip-system. As with any garden, some crops succeed and other succumb to weather and/or pests. It is all still a valuable learning experience. The students help prepare the soil, weed, plant seeds, tend the plants and learn about growing local vegetables, native flowers and sometimes even edible flowers. And they harvest! Each season ends with a party and fun games. Many students say the Discovery Garden was their favorite memory of the Hunt Sch
Education is the basis of the Discovery Garden program and it supports the themes and goals from our District VII and Texas Garden Clubs, Inc., all the way up to the National Garden Clubs, Inc.