Garden Club (updated 2015-16)

Garden Club

Fall, Spring:  Open to Grades 6 - 8

The goal of the Garden Club is to beautify the Iroquois Middle School landscape and provide students with a learning opportunity about gardening and landscaping techniques. 

Meeting Dates & Times:

Garden Club members meet Mondays and/or Fridays at 3:15 in Rm 152, and go to a specific garden area from there. ALWAYS listen to daily announcements (or see them online here) for last minute changes!

Monday meetings end at 4:00 so students can catch the late bus.
Friday meetings end at 5:00.  Please schedule a ride with a parent.

All Club Schedules & Transportation:
All club meetings are announced during daily morning announcementsMost (but not all) meet after school from 3:15-4:00. If you missed the morning announcement, please check online herecontact the club sponsor, or call the Main Office at 377-2233 for the most current information regarding meeting times and places. 

Late bus transportation (restricted to students enrolled in eligible clubs/activities) is currently available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 (2015-16 school year).

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Past Garden Club News and Activities

Venus Fly Traps

Our recent addition of venus fly traps are very happy at Iroquois! We recently fed them for the first time, and it went well! They are still growing!

We might also name them; keep an eye out for that.

Our Mini-Greenhouses

See who has a greenhouse, and what it’s named.

  • Mrs. Skinner- Jafar

  • Ms. Tambasco- Derek

  • Mrs. Giaccone- Fiona

  • Mr. Ackley - Leroy Phillip Of Luxembourg III

  • Mr. Roeser- Casa-Verde

  • Senora Yetto- Tortuga

  • Mrs. Swayne- Lillie (window box)

2014-2015 Garden Club Goals

  • sweet-potatoes.jpgMaintain the six mini-greenhouses in the school for the winter. Thanks to all the teachers who volunteered their classrooms. (Done)File:Crocus group.jpg
  • Start an all new GARLIC bed (Done)

  • Start and transplant herbs such as basil and catnip, among others (Done)

  • Make Garden Club dream pillows (maybe…)

  • Show off our stuff at the Learning Fair (Done)

  • Prepare an array of plants for our fundraiser (Doing)

  • And of course, beautify the Iroquois Grounds and Buildings (Doing!)

Garden Club History

2009 - 2010 Goals:

Landscape the new "Garden Club Circle" located in the new bus loop.

Continue to maintain and expand the Patio Garden

Plan and prepare a wide variety of plants for our second annual plant sale on May 17, 2010.

Extended Work Day & Holiday Open House

On Friday December 18,2009 from 3:30 - 5:30pm

The Garden Club will be hosting a Holiday Open House in the greenhouse from 5:00 - 5:30pm.  

Mrs. Skinner will have cookies, coffee, hot chocolate and other festive holiday goodies for the open house.

Students will need to be picked up from the greenhouse at 5:30pm.

Permission Slips are available in Mrs. Skinner's room.

2008 - 2009 Goals:

Create birdhouses out of the harvested swan gourds.

Make bird seed mix using the sunflowers we harvested.

Salt and roast some of the sunflower seeds.

Harvest marigold, balsam, cleome and sunflower seeds for future planting.

Learn about cuttings, composting, soil production and creation.

Plan and plant a modern victory garden.

Victory Garden Video and Information

The Team 6-1 Students during the 2005 - 2006 school year wanted to beautify the patio area of their school.

With a lot of hard work and dedication they have created a lovely patio for the entire school community to enjoy.

During the 2006 - 2007 school year the students focused on the front

entrance way and the circle garden by the flag pole.  

The students added two large planters to the entrance way.  In addition we created

an additional 25 square feet of garden in the patio area adding in perennials such as,

balloon flowers, shasta daisies and day lilies. We also planted cannas and peacock orchids in the gardens,

tubers we will dig up in the fall and keep inside over the winter to plant again in the spring.

During the 2007 - 2008 school year we had a fabulous opportunity to start meeting

twice a week every week of the year even throughout the winter.

We planted Tulips in the front circle bed, with money that we received from NCAP!  

In addition we started working with Karl Rodenhauser the school's neighbor and a master gardener

to learn about green houses and working with plants from seed.  With Mr. Rodenhauser's help,

assistance and generosity the students had the opportunity to plant and care for a vegetable garden.

The students grew sunflowers, swan gourds, pumpkins, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, and peppers.

The swan gourds and sunflower seeds  items will be used for a fundraiser later on.  The garden clubbers also helped with the

Rosendale PTO Marigold Fundraiser by planting seeds and tending to the plants prior to the sale.  

Of course as always we added more perennial life to the patio.