In the fall of 2003, a grant was requested for the 13 perennial color gardens around the Life Lab. Visteon of Ypsilanti, Michigan, graciously responded and granted funds for the perennial garden portion of this project. During the 2003-2004 school year, this part of the plan was completed. The Visteon Grant allowed for fall mulching of prepared gardens, decorative stone to mark the 13 garden borders, planting material, perennial plugs and tools to be used during and after the project. Perennial plugs purchased were grown in the BELL, which were started in February. Elementary students planted the plugs, cared for them and finally transplanted plants to the gardens in the spring. We are fortunate to have a master gardener and local greenhouse manager helping with the plantings.