There’s a lot of space in front of Staples High School.
There’s room for dozens of buses. For hundreds of students to enter the building at once.
And room for a brand new garden.
The area in front of the art department — on the left side, facing the entrance — has been transformed into a beautiful, friendly and ecologically important space.
Members of the Science National Honor Society and Club Green spent a Saturday last month weeding, and planting native plants donated by Aspetuck Land Trust.
The garden is part of the Pollinator Pathways Project. Begun in 2017, the goal is to establish pollinator-friendly habitat and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife along a series of continuous corridors.
The project was led by Teagan Smith — a recently graduated senior, and longtime super Wakeman Town Farm volunteer, with guidance from Alice Ely, WTF gardens chair and science teacher Cecilia Duffy.
The next time you’re at Staples, check it out. Then thank Teagan and fellow students Charlotte Barnes, Olivia Bernard, Tanvi Gorre, Christina Meehan and Ashley Sarelli.