December 9 , 2010
Claude Thompson Elementary School students watched in awe December 7 when a huge “spade” truck scooped out dirt and dropped in a 12-foot Willow Oak tree behind the school.
To kick off the school’s Butterfly Garden project, West Winds Nursery employees came to Thompson to plant the huge oak along with a variety of other trees and bushes that attract butterflies.
Marypat Warter, principal of Thompson Elementary, said her students and her school community are grateful to all who had a hand in creating the beautiful garden. Landscape architect Joseph Sampsell donated a design for the garden, West Winds Nursery donated the trees and bushes, and Ben Rogers, a parent of two Thompson students, was instrumental in making this day come to fruition.
Plans call for the garden to include a stone walk, benches, and possibly an amphitheatre.