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DHS Beekeepers Win $500 Grant

Money will help built the Native Plant Pollinator Garden.

Lauren Sandoval of , a nonprofit with a mission of reintroducing native plants into Georgia’s landscape, passed along this information.

The Decatur High School Beekeepers Club received a $500 grant from National Wildlife Federation for on the corner of Commerce Dr. And W. Howard Ave. near the wagon wheel.  

The DHS Beekeepers Club and EcoAddendum are working together to create a 1,000-square-foot native plant pollinator garden. The students have been fundraising for the past seven months with native plant sales.

They began planning their garden this Fall by learning about a wide variety of native plants and the pollinators they support, and then selected appropriate plants for their garden. Before the garden is planted in late October the students will measure and map the area, layout their garden design, clear the garden space, and amend the soil.

This is the best time of year to plant, as it gives the plants five months to focus on root growth and prepare for the hot Georgia summer. The DHS Beekeepers and EcoAddendum are looking forward to a Spring of native blooms.

How You Can Support the Garden:

at 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. is featuring its very own, “Birds, Butterflies, and Bees” dish for the rest of the month of October! For every BBB dish that is sold during the month of October, $5 will be donated to the DHS Pollinator Garden.

Birds, Butterflies, and Bees is large wild Atlantic white shrimp, butterflied and sauteed in olive oil and white wine with caperberries and fresh garlic slices, served over an organic baby spinach and angel hair "bird's nest", garnished with Hawaiian sweet basil leaves and tiny clouds of fresh goat cheese.

EcoAddendum will have a plant sale all day on Nov. 3 at 743-B3 E. College Ave. in Decatur.

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