On a recent Saturday, members of Ursuline Academy‘s Green Club converted an underutilized corner of the campus to a beautiful space that invites prayer and contemplation for the Ursuline community. Not only will this new prayer garden be enjoyed by human inhabitants of Ursuline, but it will also welcome birds and pollinator insects, a goal of the Green Club. For the past year, the club has been working to raise awareness of issues relating to environmental protection and sustainability. Some of its other projects include spearheading a recycling effort on campus, and cleaning up the Charles River watershed. "Providing habitat improvement for native plants and pollinator species was an ambitious project, but Green Club members exhibited responsibility and leadership throughout the lengthy process. They have created something tangible that has already begun to make a difference for local pollinators and is evidence of their desire to further the preservation and protection of our environment," commented Kellynd Graham, Green Club moderator.
The Prayer and Pollinator Garden is located on a corner of the athletic field adjacent to the driveway and next to a retaining wall - the perfect spot for some beautification. Approximately eight students turned out on Saturday, May 18 to prepare the earth and plant perennials donated by Walsh’s Landscaping and Greenhouse in Norfolk. Walsh’s also prepared the site, visiting campus with a full crew and equipment on Friday. Parents of Green Club members, Village Green Nurseries, and Lambert’s also generously donated additional plants.
To incorporate a little bit of campus history, some pavers were relocated from other areas on campus, and a small statue of St. Francis, cherished by the Ursuline Sisters, now stands proudly at the corner of the garden. A dragonfly and frog sculpture adds a little levity to the mix, and there will soon be a bench with a quote from St. Angela Merici. With the weather finally turning for the better, the garden will be the perfect spot to retreat for a few moments from the rushed pace of today’s world - and hopefully, the local butterflies will think so as well!