Students building butterfly garden with help of Springfield Garden Club

Students, staff, and families help take care of gardens in summer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at the Kensington International School in Springfield began building a butterfly garden Wednesday.

Students have been grown fruit, vegetables, and herbs right outside their school since 2014, when a USDA Farm to School Grant helped fund their very first project.

This year, the Springfield Garden Club has partnered with the school to help create the butterfly garden as a part of the club’s centennial celebration. In it, they are planting specific flowers and plants that attract butterflies and bees.

“It’s really fun. I really like butterflies, they’re colorful and they make me happy,” Kensington student Francheska said.

Students from various classrooms help maintain the garden area throughout the school year, and even sit in the garden area to enjoy meals and classes.

“The students are learning their science lesson, they’re learning the parts of the flowers and the bushes that are of use to the butterflies, and it’s just the best thing,” Springfield Garden Club member Margot Eckert said.

Over the summer, the garden will be maintained by the Summer Garden Club, which is made up of school staff, students, and their families.

The Springfield Garden Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.