Springtime at SJA: Help Wanted – Join Us in the Dirt
Just across 45th Street from the north end of the SJA parking lot, our SJA EcoSpirits planted a beautiful shaded garden last summer, including pollinators on the boulevards. After a long, hard winter, it is time to sink our hands again into God’s good soil, and give thanks for the gifts of our Mother Earth. And we want you to join us!
On May 15 (from noon-3pm) and May 16 (from 8am-noon), stop by the SJA parking lot to drop off any of the needed items listed below, and to sign up to volunteer in our garden this season. Please restrict your drop-offs to these two days.
• Good garden tools, including soaker hoses
We need perennials, including mint, oregano, brunnera, lavender, lammium, Jack Frost, showy or unusual hosta, and packy sandra. We'd also welcome colorful annuals like zinnias, impatiens, marigolds and begonias, as well as ghost ferns and lady in red ferns. And don’t forget butterfly-friendly shade lovers like Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), Lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioecus), Autumn joy sedum (Hylotelephium telephium).
To make it even easier, our drop-off times coincide with the annual plant sale by Southside Family School (located on our SJA campus), which will also be in the parking lot. The plant sale is online; you can Go to THIS WEBSITE to order ahead of the 14th. Then schedule a pick up time with them by CLICKING HERE. You can pick up a plant in the parking lot and donate it across the street!
Questions? Contact Jill Pistulka at 952.857.9931, and we will see you soon! We leave you with this Springtime prayer, from Ed Hays:
On this feast of the Spring equinox,
may I taste with delight the freshness and vitality of new birth
and come forth from the womb of winter
youthful with hope and fully alive
in the presence of my God.
Photo credit: Ann Michels