by Erin Wright, Children’s Garden Educator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Everything changes in the spring. Suddenly, the garden is a riot of color and activity. The birds are building nests, the turtles come out of hibernation, and the bees seem so relieved to find flowers again. The entire garden is bursting with blossoms, and the Children’s Garden is bustling with activity. Here are some photos I took recently in the Children’s Garden.
Do you want to learn more about gardening with your family? Join us for our Nature Works! family workshops. This family friendly series will give you a chance to learn through hands on activities in the Children’s Garden. The next family workshop is on Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m. April’s theme is ‘A Garden is a Home’, where we will make a soil blend and plant dill seeds, as well as a dill plant for you to take home. You will even make dirt shakes and a terrarium for home study. Krissi, the workshop instructor says, “This workshop is so fun because we search for garden-dwellers, animal clues and their homes. Last year we saw a garter snake, tadpoles and lots of turtles!” Click here for more information on the Nature Works! Family workshops. (April 17-18 is also Heritage Weekend at the Garden with lots of other special activities.)
On April 25, we hope you will join us for the annual Children’s Garden Spring Fling. This event includes activities promoting environmental stewardship and highlights the work of local “green” partners, including the Central Virginia Food Bank, Plant a Row for the Hungry, stuff, and the Virginia Native Plant Society among others. We love the music by the Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, and they will be back this year with their original, funky, folk sounds.
Of course, we will continue our popular family programs through the season, including Drop In and Dig, Investigation Stations, Kid Quests, Good Green Fun, the Green Hour. We are also happy to introduce Garden Art on Monday afternoons. Check our calendar for more information on those programs. Hope to see you soon!