Hayden Meadows' Greenhouse is a self-sustaining project that was started by Vern Harvey, art teacher, and is now managed entirely by Hayden Meadow staff & students. Each student has the opportunity to work in our greenhouse throughout the year, planting, watering, and measuring growth. In the spring, students see their hard work come to fruition, taking an active role in our annual plant sale, developing customer service and money handling skills.
While many students are building snowmen and making snow angels, the Green Thumb Club at Hayden Meadows is busy preparing for spring. They have forced daffodils that are now growing for measuring prompts in classrooms K-5. They also forced red tulips, now growing, that will be blooming just in time for distributing to residences in assisted living facilities come Valentine’s Day. After school they are busy working in the school greenhouse, filling pots and cleaning for the all-school planting preparation. Planting 700 Geraniums begins in February, followed by petunias, million bells, begonias, and a large variety of vegetables, not to mention the hanging basket arrangements. Even when the weather rings winter, spring is always on the minds of the members of the Green Thumb Club.