High Prairie Elementary School Grade 2 students planted tulips in the flower beds by the West Prairie River Oct. 12. Front to back are Brock Badger, Lucas Stewart and Gage McNabb. St. Andrew’s School students also planted tulips in a second flower bed by Deep Creek. The 1,000 tulips planted in each location are part of the ‘150th Celebration Gardens’ contest. The High Prairie Community Beautification Association entered the contest and won 1,000 tulips; the Town of High Prairie purchased a second set of 1,000 tulips and built the flower beds. The tulips will bloom in the shape of the Canadian flag.
Students in Karen-Lee Backs’s Grade 4 class at St. Andrew’s School, local seniors, and members of the High Prairie Community Beautification Association, prepare to plant 1,000 tulips at a box near Deep Creek.
High Prairie Community Beautification Association chair Verna Ogg, centre, gives advice to the Grade 4 students in Karen-Lee Backs’s class at St. Andrew’s School. Left-right are Kali Brame, Keira Laughlin, Ryla Soto, Jace Laboucane, Keaton Baker, Ogg, Isaiah Halcrow, Jaedyn Noskey, Elise Ferguson and Josephine Willier.
Keaton Baker, left, a student in Karen-Lee Backs’s Grade 4 class at St. Andrew’s School, gets some friendly advice from seniors Pearl L’Hirondelle, centre, and Annie Blackhurst.
‘150th Celebration Garden’ in the ground
South Peace News
Just in time before the snow fell!
High Prairie Community Beautification Association members were breathing a sign of relief Oct. 14 after the snow fell. Just two days earlier, association members, with the help of school students from St. Andrew’s School, High Prairie Elementary School, Pleasantview Lodge residents, J.B. Wood Extended Care Unit residents, and Town of High Prairie Public Works staff, planted 2,000 tulips.
Beautification won 1,000 red and white tulips – 500 White Hakuun and 500 Red Impression bulbs – as one of 150 winners in the ‘ 150th Celebration Gardens’ contest announced Sept. 15.
However, after town council heard about the win, they decided they would purchase 1,000 more tulips so flower beds could be planted at both ends of town.
Public works staff built and installed the beds.
A request was made to HPE and St. Andrew’s schools for help. Natalie Cole-Lamothe’s Grade 2-3 class at HPE helped plant the bulbs by the West Prairie River while Karen-Lee Backs’s Grade 4 class at St. Andrew’s jumped on board at the Deep Creek location.
Beautification members loosened the frozen soil in time for planting Oct. 12. It took the eager students and seniors little time to plant the 1,000 bulbs, less than one hour.
Each flower bed will bloom in the red and white of the Canadian flag next spring. The job was made much easier with the help of Steve Denty, who made two stencils in the form of the Maple Leaf to make planting easier.
When done, Beautification chair Verna Ogg praised the work of students, seniors and public works staff in making the job so easy.
“We had great weather and unbelievable support from the community,” says Ogg. “The town’s contribution was fantastic and without full community support, projects like this don’t happen.
“I can’t wait until spring when we invite the school kids and seniors back to view their work, and we will get to share it with everyone coming through High Prairie,” she adds.
As a winner in the contest, Beautification agreed to organize a public planting ceremony event in the fall of 2016 and a Bloom Celebration in the spring of 2017; include seniors, youth/school children and local dignitaries in both events; implement a local public relations campaign about the garden; engage with the Canadian Garden Council’s national social media campaign; install signage to identify your 150th Celebration Garden; and more.
The contest began to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, and involves Vesey’s Bulbs of P.E.I., and the Canadian Garden Council.
Kali Brame goes head over heels! Left-right are Brame, Charlotte Boerchers and Keira Laughlin. They are students in Karen-Lee Backs’s Grade 4 class at St. Andrew’s School.
Students in Natalie Cole-Lamothe’s Grade 2-3 class at High Prairie Elementary School, J.B. Wood Extended Care residents, and High Prairie Community Beautification Association, planted 1,000 tulips at the West Prairie River
Hannah Vance, left, and Zoey Peacock adjust a few tulip bulbs after planting. They are students in Natalie Cole-Lamothe’s Grade 2-3 class at High Prairie Elementary School.
Students in Natalie Cole-Lamothe’s Grade 2-3 class at High Prairie Elementary School helped plant tulips near the West Prairie River. Left-right are Lucas Stewart and Brock Badger.