Two years after budget cuts forced Disney Elementary School to abandon its gardening program, the patch of earth is back in bloom following months of work by parent volunteers.
“I think this garden is an example of what Disney is all about,” said Burbank Unified Supt. Stan Carrizosa during its reopening Monday.
The 2,500-square-foot garden, at the southeast corner of the Disney Elementary playground, is flush with pumpkins, beans, tomatoes, melons and a half-dozen different kinds of flowers. A misting system will soon be installed over five raised garden beds. Tree stumps, sanded and varnished, serve as stools.
The project gives children a chance to learn that carrots and radishes come out of the ground, and that eggplants are fun to eat, said lead parent volunteer Jarrod Hettler.
“I think it brings every ethnicity together in a place that you can have kids get dirty, and dig holes and mend different types of plants and be a part of that,” Hettler said.