Mary Montgomery School Greenspace

Mary Montgomery School Greenspace

Virden, MB

The Mary Montgomery School Greenspace is primarily a classroom garden and relaxation area. The greenspace is part of the school playground and used by members of the community, including a daycare.

Right now, the greenspace itself is inadequately set up for parents or caregivers to sit and watch the children. The pergola provides a nice bit of shade during these times, but the walkway in and around it is not easily accessible to strollers, which creates problems when families of young children visit the playground, or when older community members (or others with mobility needs) visit with their families.

The goal is for this greenspace to be even more environmentally conscious by providing a much-needed habitat for endangered monarch butterflies, as well as other native pollinator insects, by growing specific plant life. The classroom garden area will help students learn how to use small plots of land to grow their own fruits and vegetables. By participating in the planting, caring, and harvesting of fruits and vegetables, students will learn valuable lessons that will help them throughout their lives, and instill a sense of confidence in their gardening abilities.

Stage one of these upgrades will include installing underground sprinklers, preparing the garden spaces, and paving the walkway.

“Through these upgrades, our students will be able to study and observe the lifecycles of plants and wildlife and understand how small changes can make big impacts.”