A local Girl Scout troop has adopted a rain garden in a Lower Saucon Township park, the township recently announced on its website.
After a request for help with ongoing park maintenance was made, “Ella’s Garden” in Kingston Park was adopted by Girl Scout Junior Troop #8505, which is composed of a group of fourth- and fifth-grade girls.
The troop—which is led by Patti Kramer, Tamara Humphries and Kristin Baxter—attended a workshop orientation session by Valerie Liggett, the landscape architect from Boucher & James Inc., Consulting Engineers, which designed the rain garden for the township, according to the announcement.
In the future, "the scouts will periodically monitor the garden for non-native and invasive weed growth and remove them with hand weeding," it was announced.
The garden, which is planted with native plants and shrubs, is next to the historic Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse at Limpar and Countryside lanes, and is dedicated to the memory of Ella Ringhoffer Kingston, who attended the one-room school as a girl.
The Kingston Park property was donated to Lower Saucon Township in 2005 by Ella Kingston’s son, Dr. Richard Kingston, to be used as a recreational area or park.
An official opening of the park is planned for this fall.
Onsite amenities include a parking area, paved walkways, restrooms and a picnic pavilion that will be used by students visiting the schoolhouse.
Photo: Ella's Garden at Kingston Park in Lower Saucon Township (file photo)