For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Howitt Middle School eighth grader Abigail Malanga created a succulent garden as a learning tool to showcase a variety of species as well as to beautify the Howitt courtyard. Abigail researched succulents and was advised by staff at Starkie Bros. Home & Garden Showplace on proper planting of thirteen types of succulent plants. Abigail applied her 3D printer knowledge to create the plant marker name posts. She then calculated and stacked the bricks from Lowe’s needed for an outdoor pedestal for the summertime and used her skills learned at the Farmingdale Youth Council’s sewing class to create a table cover for when the garden moves indoors during the winter. A binder with plant identification information and care instructions was presented to Howitt Garden Club Advisors Mrs. Marzillier and Ms. Kaur so that club members could continue to care for the garden and sustain the project.
During the cold winter months, a statue of Dale will hold the succulent planter’s place and watch over the garden. Fantastic job, Abby! And also, a huge thank you to Mr. John Sweeney for assisting with this project. That’s #Howittsdone!