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Mar 2, 2010 8:54 PM CST
Name: Debbie (Debnes) Magnes
Deep Burbs
Lisa Veitenheimer Memorial Garden at Whitley Road Elementary School

For many years I have wanted to plant a Native Wildlife and Butterfly garden at the school where 3 of my children attended, and the opportunity finally came last year. Unfortunately it was on the passing of a special lady named Lisa Veitenheimer, who was dearly loved by all in the district. She was an amazing support to teachers and children, and she also loved butterflies, so it was very fitting to create this particular sort of garden in her memory.

The request for me to begin with the project came later into season last year, and there was little time and money to pull it all together, however we managed to get it presentable for a dedication ceremony to honor Lisa and Dr. Veitenheimer. Thanks to donations and much appreciated help from (1)staff and teachers the humble little garden produced around 100 butterflies from several species. This year the plan is to host over a dozen (2)species by supporting their caterpillars. For 2010, I am getting off to an early start and hope to secure much more physical and monetary assistance.

Teen Court of Keller and Watauga has made a flier to hand out to teens required to complete community service, and calls are coming in. We have been cleaning up from the winter and are now preparing to lay down compost and a truckload of mulch around all the perennials that were planted last year. Heavy mulching will help conserve valuable water supplies and minimize weeds, so I am presently shopping for the best offer on a truckload of mulch in time for all the help. :-) With generous and reasonable funding we hope to include many more important plant specimens this year.

Last year we worked from what money a few teachers could give (about $170) and flats of various plants the staff brought to plant. With so much more needed Mr. Magnes contributed around 3 to 4 hundred additional dollars, and I had been cultivating a few dozen TX Natives for such an occasion. There were many flats of various non-native plants donated which we went ahead with, however future specimens should be discussed with me personally, and only installed with their benefit to butterflies and wildlife in mind. Most of the donated plants were annuals and will need to be replaced with native annuals or perennials this year. My sister Jana Masimore personally donated the 2 new park benches. Lowe's of Keller generously extended a deep discount on most of the supplies we bought for the school. :-)

This year the goal/vision will be to have at least 80% true Texas Natives in the course of the 3 seasons. I have the most amazing supportive resources for finding and researching these plants. Even at this rate we face a significant challenge, though I am confident for the eventual outcome. Believe it or not, the right plants are not so easy to find with what is offered commercially. It takes good research and a network of Texas' most experienced gardeners. We have considerable help from all my friends from Dave's former site who have pages here within these cubits. These online communities have been several courses in themselves worthy of degrees.

The result of all our effort will be an effectual living classroom experience for the children at WRES, where less time will be spent working and more time observing and researching what they see. In the process they will learn what it takes to build a garden that gives back to them for every effort they apply.

This is where I am on the project... as funding is met it will all come together!

Sincerely Yours,
;-Deb Magnes

1)Special thanks to the following staff members at WRES: Michelle Clenin,Tina May, Debbie Weldon, Lisa & Mr.Alford (who also donated the beautiful granite memorial marker for the garden) , Kimberly Blevins, Stephanie Connor, Donna Crane, Maria, Matthew and Greg Duvall, Kelli Palmer, Cheryl Thompson, Rick Wright, Mikel Harvey, Cathy Burt Finnigan, Sheila Morgan , and Brad Britton. Also thanks go out to all other staff not yet mentioned by name, who cheered me on and provided otherwise indispensable moral support!!
2)Butterfly/Caterpillar Species for 2010 Black Swallowtail, Pipevine Swallowtail, Giant Swallowtail, Monarch, Queen, Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary, Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly, Silver-Spotted Skipper, Southern Dogface Butterfly, Brazillian Skipper, Gray Hairstreak, Bordered Patch Butterfly






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ImageDebnes
Mar 3, 2010 6:38 PM CST
Name: Debbie (Debnes) Magnes
Deep Burbs
Sharing more pics of the WRES Lisa V Garden from last year.... From left to right...
Bear in mind it is a butterfly and wildlife garden, which is way greener and and wilder than a lot of landscapes.
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Mar 3, 2010 6:41 PM CST
Name: Debbie (Debnes) Magnes
Deep Burbs
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The Candletree did very well supporting the Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly larvae, and still looking like a majestic stand of yellow candle blooms...

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ImageDebnes
Mar 3, 2010 6:45 PM CST
Name: Debbie (Debnes) Magnes
Deep Burbs
Pic 3 of 5...

Center view... Lots of West Texas Mist Flower propagated from my own garden as well. It surrounds the beautiful memorial marker donated by Lisa Alford and her husband... (Will show a closer up pic of the marker own this thread.)

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Mar 3, 2010 6:47 PM CST
Name: Debbie (Debnes) Magnes
Deep Burbs
Pic 4 of 5

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ImageDebnes
Mar 3, 2010 6:48 PM CST
Name: Debbie (Debnes) Magnes
Deep Burbs
Pic 5 of 5 of the pan across the garden at WRES

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Imagefrostweed
Mar 8, 2010 2:15 PM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
The garden looks great Deb, keep up the good work, I am proud of all the good things you are doing my Friend Hurray!
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.

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