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Landscaper gives plants to school

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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 11:00 pm

Last year, children at Ironwood Elementary School carefully watered plants at their school. Big pots held healthy Texas Ranger sage bushes thanks to the classrooms that adopted them.

Then came summer.

“The pots were sort of forgotten about,” said Michele Bartell, a school parent. “Someone contacted me and said, ‘Hmm, did you realize these plants didn’t make it?’”

With a new school year approaching, something had to be done. But budgets are tight. The money for the Texas Rangers had come from a fund-raising event.

Bartell called a landscapist, Marylee Pangman of The Contained Gardener. She wanted advice about what to put in the planters, and she hoped for a donation.

“She immediately got to me to say she would be glad to donate the plants,” Bartell said.

The company filled the planters with yuccas, a flowering succulent and decorative rocks just in time for the start of school.

“Last year the planters looked OK,” Bartell said. “There were pots, and there were plants. But this year, they have a new polished look.”

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