The Brick School Gardens are the result of The 2002 Heritage Committee’s “Brick School Beautification Project.” Originally a playground for the Brick School in earlier years, now the offices of the SAU, the purpose was to return the property into a grassed yard possibly with some plantings. Claudia Everest’s Northland Design was hired to design a landscape that would turn the property into something pleasing to the eye, easy to care for, and functional for walkers and families.
Funding came from the 2001 AGC garden tour as well as the 2002 Memory Tree. The first phase of the design featured a new walkway made with “old bricks,” new grass, and digging and planting of a rose garden, a lily garden, and a few shrubs. Pink Bonica roses were chosen for their early bloom and reblooming. The daylilies were selected at Danzingers Day Lily gardens for their large blooms, striking colors and staggered bloom times. ‘Miss Kim’ lilacs were planted on each side of the front steps and an irrigation system and garden bench were purchased by the garden club and added.
In about 2010, the Brick School civics team grew to be close friends and designated themselves “The Brickettes.” Their husbands have become valued members of the team as well, and were naturally dubbed “The Bricks.”
They have begun adding to the rose garden with some complementary long blooming plantings ….. low shrublike blue flowering catmint, beautiful sprawling geranium Rozanne, and Pink ‘Knockout’ roses. On either side of the side stairway they’ve added beauty bushes which are pruned to maintain their size, and have started geranium groundcover along the side and against the building.