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Photos: Sierra Madre School's First Earth Day Concert

The event was designed to educate children about native gardening.

Live music, lemonade and learning could all be found Friday afternoon at Sierra Madre School's first-ever Earth Day Concert. In addition to all the fun, children were able to learn about native plants, with the school's own native garden serving as the educational playground.

"This is a dream come true. When my daughter was in kindergarten -- she's in seventh grade now -- I started the garden in the corner. I raised $10,000 dollars, and I made this small native garden," said Amy Whist, one of the organizers of the concert as well as the garden itself as well as a winner of an award for her gardening efforts. "To see it happen in the physical, with all these people enjoying it and see it increasing the quality of life is so rewarding and so wonderful. I just want it to become inspirational for other people to do it in other schools."

Whist got help from Deanna Evans and Sierra Madre Girl Scout Troop #13871, who did research with the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants to construct educational signs about the plants and place them around the school's lawn. Artist Karen Walker-Chamberlin, one of the troop's co-leaders, also designed posters and shirts for the event. 

Sierra Madre School's native garden is the result of a 2010 grant from the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District to develop a water conservation demonstration landscape and California native vegetation project at the school. Most of the school's lawn now serves educational purposes.

Mountainmama April 28, 2012 at 02:04 PM
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Karen Voelkening-Behegan May 31, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I just wanted to commend the girl scouts in Girl Scout Troop 13871 for the excellent job they did preparing for this Sierra Madre School Earth Day event. With their own hands and words, they made the beautiful educational signs that were featured at the event, teaching fellow students about native plants. During the concert, they also helped students plant more native trees and other plants in front of the school. Every girl in the troop contributed a minimum of 25 hours to this event. With so much time invested in such a valuable community service, each Junior Girl Scout in Troop 13870 earned her coveted Bronze Award! Congratulations, Girls, on a job well done! ~ from Samantha Behegan's mom, Karen

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