Making Memories in Kristy's Meadow: Lower School families plant bulbs to ring the meadow in springtime
Making Memories in Kristy's Meadow: Lower School families plant bulbs to ring the meadow in springtime

This morning, the youngest students in Lower School participated with their parents and teachers in a beloved annual tradition of bulb planting. Over the years a multitude of bulbs have been planted throughout the School campus, and only recently the tradition has expanded to Kristy's Meadow in an ambitious effort to create a springtime ring of daffodils around the space.

In brilliant golden sunshine with a thick coating of sparkling frost covering the autumnal landscape, the PreK-1st grade community hiked out to Kristy's Meadow right after arrival. The earth was turned and ready thanks to preparations coordinated by PDS garden instructor Pam Flory, and families quickly dug in all along the southeastern arc of the meadow.

The tradition takes on added meaning in its meadow location. About six years ago, Kristy's Meadow was dedicated to Kristy Anastasio Manning '81 by the Class of '81 and her family. Kristy, who passed away in 2009, attended Princeton Day School from grades 6-12. She loved playing on the girls ice hockey and girls soccer teams and singing with the madrigal group. Kristy graduated with a BA from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Duke University. She was a reunion chair, a loyal supporter of the School and a dedicated environmentalist. How fitting that the meadow, which boasts a riot of wildflowers in summer, will now greet the spring with an everlasting crown of yellow, white and orange daffodils.

Back in the classroom after the planting had been completed, some of Emily Gallagher's 1st graders told us why bulb planting is special at PDS:
"We do it so we will have beautiful flowers at PDS."
"I love digging and planting and then I get excited for when they will come up in spring."
"I love that we get to spend time with our parents."
"I worked with my friend Mila and together we planted so many bulbs it will make a big beautiful bouquet of flowers."

And a trio of Jim Laughlin's Kindergarteners added their thoughts:
"It decorates the place."
"It makes flowers."
"It is good because it helps the earth."

See our Flickr photo album of the Lower School PreK-Grade 1 family community working together to make a beautiful perimeter of daffodils in Kristy's Meadow on a frosty morning! -Melanie Shaw