Upper School greenhouse students were recently inspired to shower OES faculty and staff with more than 70 plants in an act of unexpected generosity and fun.
“Our favorite part was seeing the smiles and surprise from the faculty receiving plants. It was fun to walk around the school with a platter of plants,” said Summer W. ’25. “It was also a ton of fun to pot up all of the plants in our greenhouse with our crew.”
Since its revitalization as an Upper School activity, OES greenhouse students are regularly working to give back to their community. They have previously partnered with Taking Ownership PDX to restore local backyards, and contributed plants to the community as part of Mt. Hood Climb Observance Day. They have also worked with other Upper School students in community engagement, participating in the Empty Bowls project to donate pots and plants to the OES community and beyond.
“The greenhouse community is a special place at OES; it is a perfect blend of fun and work,” said Owen S. ’24. “Being so close to areas such as our forest and wetlands we are not only able to work in our greenhouse and garden but also in the other natural areas of our campus. Working in the greenhouse during activity is always a highlight of the day and a meaningful opportunity to get outside and have a break from class.”