UPPER SADDLE RIVER STUDENTS CREATE HARVEST DISPLAYS
Thursday, November 29, 2012
It’s never too early to inspire an appreciation for gardening and nature’s beauty. That’s the kind of thinking that motivates Specialty Gardener, Julie Watson from Midland Park-based R&S Landscaping who recently helped the kindergarten class at Upper Saddle River Children’s Academy install a fall harvest display.
Upper Saddle River Children’s Academy, which is located at 500 E. Saddle River Road in Upper Saddle River, seeks to provide a nurturing environment where children can develop a healthy, happy and secure approach to learning and living.
After helping Watson unload materials from the truck, each student had an opportunity to plant a mum before eagerly helping to decide how to arrange the rest of the display, which featured a mix of pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, fall-colored flowers and a scarecrow. Learning how to open up the cornhusks on the cornstalk particularly intrigued many of the students.
“The R&S Landscaping staff loves visiting schools and providing hands-on gardening experiences for the kids,” said Robert Schucker, president of R&S Landscaping. “We want to encourage students to explore nature first hand; understanding how a garden works can help them appreciate the complexity of nature and the environment in which they live. There’s nothing better than seeing the enthusiasm displayed when students take to activities like this one.”