Native garden donated to Diegueno Middle


Anderson’s La Costa Nursery partnered with Diegueno Middle School’s art department this week to create a California native garden. The new garden, which is already home to four monarch caterpillars, is situated in front of the art studio of the teacher who envisioned the project.

“Our artists and now part-time gardeners are thrilled to enjoy and take care of the plant life and caterpillars,” said Kelly, a Diegueno art instructor. “Inspired by the caterpillars, this week’s studio art sketchbook theme was ‘metamorphosis,’ during which numerous artists went out to the garden to observe and draw our new friends.

“Our students, staff, and administration would like to thank Anderson’s for making DNO a more beautiful and interactive learning environment for our community,” said Kelly.

“It’s part of our mission to partner with the community to create beautiful, sustainable landscapes,” said Mariah Smith, co-owner of Anderson’s La Costa Nursery. “Our designers loved working with Kelly and we are sure her students will enjoy learning about the benefits of native pollinator gardens.”

A biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has volunteered to come speak with Diegueno students in spring when the garden blooms.

Please visit the studio art classroom’s Instagram account @dnostudioart for additional pictures and updates on the garden.