Green Thumbs Wanted!
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ~ Ruth Stout
Gardens are a magical place, and exposing your child to gardening is the perfect opportunity to partner with Mother Nature to make that magical experience happen. Its no secret children seem to have a natural affinity with dirt, dating way back to their days of making mud pies. Stepping that up a bit, the Queens Botanical Garden is offering age-appropriate programs to open new windows for hands-on learning. Imagine your child pulling a carrot from the earth, brushing off the soil, and taking a bite, or his excitement at discovering the first bloom of a flower emerging from a seed he planted in a patch of earth.
Young gardeners will explore concepts of ecological balance, sustainability, and conservation as they learn how to prepare soil, select seeds and plants, and care for and later harvest their own vegetables, flowers, and herbs. While participating in nature study and craft activities, they also learn about organic gardening practices like composting, mulching, and companion planting. These concepts are explored within each of the three programs offered: Garden Buds (2-3), Children’s Garden (4-10), and Junior Naturalists (11-14).
Garden Buds: Ages 2-3: Tailored to teach the youngest gardeners, these classes let children discover the wonders of nature through exploration that includes hands-on work and play in the garden. Kiddies get to harvest and taste what they plant! Garden Buds is offered as a four-class series, beginning Thursday, May 5th, and registration is required. An adult must accompany children.
4-class series: $60 non-member/$54 member
Thursdays: May 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 9 to 10am
Saturdays: May 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 10 to 11am
Children’s Garden: Ages 4-10: The Children’s Garden offers a fun and exciting experience where kids spend time planting, playing, observing and learning in a nurturing environment. From seed to table, young gardeners will grow, harvest and cook vegetables as well as explore the environments around them. Participants must be 4 years old by 1/1/2016. Children’s Garden is a 10 class series, beginning Saturday, April 2nd, and registration is required. This is a drop-off program. Member discounts apply.
10 class series: $185 non-member/$166 member
Saturdays: April 2—June 11 (skip 5/28), from 2 to 4pm
Junior Naturalists: Ages 11-14: A new and exciting summer camp opportunity specifically designed for those who want to take a deeper look into natural workings of the Garden. Participants will tend to their own garden plots, complete scientific experiments and investigations, and take a more in-depth look at the surrounding ecosystems. Member discounts apply.
Gardening with children turns digging in the dirt into a lifetime of love and respect for nature.
Queens Botanical Gardens
43-50 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
You can log on to Queens Botanical’s Garden’s website to learn more about these amazing programs, and to view a video of all Children’s Garden activity. http://www.queensbotanical.org/programs/gardenprogramsforkids