Many times we want our son’s kindergarten or our daughter’s school to have a well-tended garden with a variety of flowers and trees to brighten up the educational institution where they spend a large part of their time. No one has any doubt that a beautiful and well-kept garden is a contributor to the high quality of life we demand for ourselves and our children.
When setting up such a garden there are many considerations that must be taken into account in order for the garden to develop and prosper for many years. Among these considerations are the type of vegetation, sun or shade, water consumption, the designation of the garden as a children’s play area or for grownups to lounge in, and so on. However, there is one more important consideration that is almost never taken into account and must be considered, mostly in kindergartens and schools. This consideration is the toxicity of different plants that are or will be in the garden.
The Ministry of Education requires schools to submit reports about the type of plants growing in educational institutions. This is in order to prevent harm to children who decide to taste a leaf or fruit of any of the plants in the garden that are poisonous.
Among the most common toxic plants there are the oleander, datura, tobacco, hemlock and many more beautiful plants and trees.
In order to prevent poisoning, it is important to have a certified agronomist prepare a report of any poisonous plants in the area of the kindergarten or school. The agronomist will photograph all the plants and trees and, several days later, will submit a detailed report with the names of all the different plants and the level of danger by category (toxic to touch or eat, may cause allergy or hives, etc.).
Elad Uri, Agronomist and Certified Exterminator
Juk Barosh – Proper Pest Control