Gardens are an important part of student life at Lamplighter.
The butterfly and flower gardens attract butterflies and bees which students study in Environmental Science classes. Fourth graders prepare an annual feast using fresh herbs from their own herb garden as ingredients. In addition, each Lower School grade tends its own community garden of flowers or vegetables where they grow plants which enrich and provide connections to their current social studies unit. Students observe and record their gardens’ growth and they’ve had the experiences of harvesting tomato, marigold and zinnia, herb, and tropical plants to take home. Some classes have celebrated a successful crop with salads made right in the classroom with radishes or tomatoes from their gardens. We are fortunate to be able to grow plants year-round in our greenhouse as well.