Pictured, from left, are Washington District Elementary School students Washington District students, they are left to right Wade Bennett, Harrison Meadows, Blake Tenney and Bryson Herron. (Photo courtesy Jeanne Bennett)

‘Marigold Magic’: Local elementary students brighten up Buckhannon for its big berry week

BUCKHANNON — Next time you’re out and about in Buckhannon, look for the “Marigold Magic” signs indicating that students have been planting flowers.

Second-graders from all the elementary schools planted marigolds in community spots around Buckhannon on May 6-7. The Delta Kappa Gamma–Alpha Beta Chapter organization, with the help of the Fred Brooks Garden Club, sponsored “Marigold Magic,” a student-centered venture in Upshur County to help build community pride.

City of Buckhannon Horticulturist Dixie Greene with Union Elementary School students at the Public Safety Complex on Florida Street. (Photo courtesy Jeanne Bennett)

The students germinated marigold seeds in their classrooms. Later, they planted their seedlings in the designated areas within the city. Buckhannon’s horticulturist, Dixie Green, and her crew helped by preparing the beds and overseeing the planting.

Marigolds were planted at Jawbone Park, Buckhannon Fire and Police Department, Buckhannon City Hall, Gibson Library, and the river walk near the dog park. Second-graders from Rock Cave Elementary School planted their marigolds at the Veterans’ Y in Rock Cave with the help of the Star Gazers Garden Club.

Delta Kappa Gamma provided the seeds, dirt and cups, as well as signs to accompany the students’ flowers. Planting was done prior to the Strawberry Festival, so students and their families could look for them during the festivities. Then, throughout the summer and next fall, students and the community will delight in the fruit of their labor when “Marigold Magic — An Upshur County Second Grade project” is in full bloom!

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