Bring your little one, age 3-5 years, to the Garden for kid-friendly fun! Each Little Sprout Monday includes storytelling, kids’ crafts and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. Little Sprouts Mondays are the 2nd Monday of each month, 10-11:30am. Fee is $12 per child and includes one adult. A parent or guardian must stay with the child.
Participants are encouraged to register early. Classes will be cancelled if they do not meet the minimum registered enrollment by three business days prior to the class.
Payment is due at the time of registration.
Children ages 7-19 with special needs are invited to explore the plants and animals of the Botanical Garden with hands-on activities, crafts and games. Special education instructors will lead the kids on their garden adventures.
Families looking to enrich their green thumbs while beautifying their homes will enjoy this comprehensive guide to indoor and outdoor gardening using nontoxic flowers, vegetables, trees, and houseplants. Sorted by type—plants from seed, bulbs, annual, perennials, fruiting trees, sensory plants, etc.—each plant is thoroughly explained and made easy to identify using color photographs.
Gardens are places where a child's imagination engages nature--and the result is joyful learning. Hollyhocks and Honeybees guide teachers through the unique and expansive learning opportunities offered by gardening with children. Learn how a gardening curriculum incorporates language and literacy, science and math, social sciences, and the arts, as well as physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Simple instructions lead teachers through planning, preparation, plant selection, growing zones, and pest control. Also includes sample garden designs, recipes and activities, ideas for parent and community involvement, and resource lists. Choose from over a dozen engaging and imaginative garden ideas or use existing themes as a springboard into your own unique garden designs. The garden themes included are: Bird and Butterfly Garden, Dinosaur Garden, Kitchen Garden, Sensory Garden, North American Garden, plus so much more!
Liebreich, with Jutta Wagner and Annette Wendlend (respectively, coordinator, garden designer, and teen session manager, Chiswick House Kitchen Garden, London), annually invites 1000 schoolchildren to work alongside adults growing organic produce. Here they share tips for making children and teens an integral part of a family's working garden. There are no frivolous "kiddy projects," though there are many creative activities and healthy recipes in the month-by-month section. The plant directory of family-friendly veggies, fruits, herbs, and flowers uses an unobtrusive smiley-face icon to denote items particularly suitable for younger children to grow.
In addition to the expected instructions on planting, harvesting and preserving food from your garden, the authors also offer tips on creating a play-friendly family garden.
Cohen and Fisher, parents and gardeners themselves, offer instructions on creating kid-friendly gardens with room for swings and places for kids to hide. They even suggest plants that allow kids to eat directly from the vine.