It was Pansy Day for Curtis Elementary School last Wednesday, and with student participation bringing in a pansy to plant and volunteers guiding them, over 500 pansies were planted, beautifying the school property. The beautification project for Curtis began in 1991 by Brenda Bush. Over the 21 years, the project has grown from a Saturday event with volunteers to what has become known as Pansy Day and total school participation.
According to About.com/gardening, “Pansies are one of the most popular and recognizable cool weather annuals. Breeding has produced pansies that are better able to stand up to the cold, but there hasn’t been much luck producing more heat tolerant varieties. Many pansies are bi-colored, making them striking plants for their small size. Although delicate, they are surprisingly hardy. And like their cousins the violas and violets, the flowers are edible.”
The school body and visitors should be able to enjoy their blooms through the cold winter months which will be here before you know it.