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The McKinley Elementary “Octopus’s Garden” is a continual work-in-progress. Started in 2007, our garden has evolved into a beautiful serene setting, complete with murals appropriate to an “Octopus’s Garden”.

All students grades K-3 visit the garden on a weekly or bi-weekly basis during the “wheel” classes. Students have an opportunity to plant, harvest, and eat food grown at McKinley while learning about soil, life cycles, and so much more!

mural2Please email with your garden photos, poems, updates and thoughts after visiting the garden. Please note: submissions may be edited before posting and not all submissions will be posted.

Garden Wish List:

  • Gently used 3-4” pots and 6-packs
  • 50ft-100ft kink resistant hose
  • Watering cans
  • Kids’ Scissors
  • Tool cleaning brush
  • Harvest baskets
  • Weather Thermometer
  • Organic Fertilizer
  • Potting Soil
  • Organic Mulch
  • Organic Compost
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Clip boards
  • pH soil test kits
  • Moisture meters
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Heavy duty garbage cans
  • Fruit Trees
  • Native Plants and Trees

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The watercolor sunflower was done by Karen Kenyon, the mother of McKinley teacher Richard Kenyon.  Both Richard and Karen were involved in establishing the garden at McKinley.