Welcome to the Galileo Garden
"This is my favorite place."
"Some of the best produce in Colorado."
"It truly is a wonder."
The Galileo Garden is a place where education, nutrition, dedication and love all grow together to blossom into a tranquil ecosystem. This ecosystem supports Galileo by providing healthy organic produce, volunteer opportunities, donation opportunities and hands-on agricultural experience for our students and the D-11 Community.
The unique learning environment is utilized all school year by our students and staff. Our students help with a variety of tasks which range from maintenance and designing to planting and harvesting. Our garden has served as a supreme area for educational lessons, poetry readings, counseling sessions and even music concerts.
Our garden is managed by Master Gardener Renelle Palmer-Bernal. It is maintained with the aid of year-around volunteers. These volunteers kindly donate their time to help keep our garden healthy and safe. We are always accepting volunteer applications and looking for volunteer parties interested in large-scale projects. To find out more information on D-11 volunteer requirements, visit the D-11 homepage and select "Parents & Community", then select "Volunteer Services". There is a link provided at the bottom of the page. If you would like to fill out a form, you can print one off from the D-11 Volunteer Form link below.
Meet Mrs. Renelle~
Hello D-11 Community! I'm Renelle Palmer-Bernal and I am the Master Gardener here at wonderful Galileo. I have a background in Criminal Justice with a degree in Investigation Management. I have been with Galileo for 5 years. I began working as the Health Tech in the main office. After that, I worked as a secretary at the front desk. I am now finishing my first year as Master Gardener and it was a blast. I had the privilege of working with many talented people this past growing season, such as, the Boy Scouts of America, Fountain Valley School of Colorado and Growing Spaces Geodesic Dome Greenhouses. I look forward to a bright and productive future with the Garden. I am always available to answer questions or chat about the garden. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commonly Asked Questions:
"What's in the Garden?"
- We have 104 4'x8' raised growing beds, a 42ft Solar Powered Dome Greenhouse, four fruit tree beds, a Sensory Garden, a Pollinator Path and a Colorado Native Plant Trail.
"Where does the food go?"
- The produce grown at Galileo is split four ways. It first goes directly into the cafeteria for student meals. It is sold at The Margarita at Pine Creek Farmers Market located at 7350 Pine Creek Rd. from June-October, it is sold to staff/ community year around and it is donated.
"Is the Garden open to the public?"
- Yes, the garden is always open for tours and benefits highly from outside visitors. Please send an email to schedule a tour. The weather and snow do affect tours.
"What can I donate?"
- Organic yard waste, leaf litter, dirt, pine needles, plants, garden materials, landscape materials.
*** Please no animal waste***
(Galileo thanks all who have donated!)
We are looking for volunteers to lend a helping hand keeping our Garden maintained this summer. The main projects include:
- Morning Daily Watering of Raised Beds (June-September)
- Weekly Watering of Flower Beds (June-September)
- Weekly Weeding of Flower Beds (June-September)
- Weekly Weeding of Walkways (June-October)
Weather will impact all these projects, please email Mrs. Renelle to find out how you can help. (email@example.com)
Galileo Garden Stars
The Galileo Garden Stars for the Month of May are Galileos ESL students. They were a huge help in preparing and planting the Garden for the 2022 growing season. Congradulations Scholars!
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