Administrators and teachers at Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy decided to build a rain garden to enhance the beauty of their courtyard this year. Robert Martinez from our neighborhood helped out, applying his engineering know-how to the design of the garden. They got a backhoe to dig out a recessed garden, and volunteers came over several weekends in May to plant native plants and lay mulch.

We hope to visit again in the fall once the plants have had a chance to get established and see the progress of the garden, which will not only make the courtyard more aesthetically pleasing, but also provide a boon to wildlife in Windsor Park.

The beginnings of building the rain garden

The beginnings of building the rain garden

Placing plants

Placing plants

Volunteers hard at work

Volunteers hard at work