Children's Garden & Education

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Gourd Quest | October

After picking up a Gourd Quest brochure at admissions, families use clever clues and mapping skills to find their way to gourds and pumpkins in the Garden. Along the way, children and their adults are encouraged to record the names of gourds and pumpkins they encounter. Once the quest is completed, children receive a collectible button.


Gallery I Art Exhibit

Henrico County Public Schools Art Exhibit | Year Round

October Oddities

Throughout the month of October

Free with Garden admission

During October, refresh your family’s “garden spirit” through displays and activities in the Children's Garden that explore the weird and wacky wonders of nature!


Daily, throughout the month, enjoy vignettes of nature’s underappreciated oddities and found objects to provoke curiosity and wonder. Mushrooms, lichen, moss, gourds and other unusual fruits, plus an occasional display of ‘hortitorture’ and other Garden whimsy - are all part of this fun-filled seasonal exhibit.

Goblins and Gourds

Sunday, October 26, 1 — 4 pm

Free with Garden admission

Celebrate harvest-time in the Children’s Garden with a concert by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin painting, seasonal food tasting, hoop dancing and more! It’s a great chance to get outside, be active and enjoy the beauty of the season.

Join Edible Education, Susan Sweder, Dogtown Dance, VA State Parks, Umami Tea andSweetwater Farm LLC for free activities and demonstrations in the Children's Garden.  Some items available for purchase.

Stickman Returns!

Stickman is back,

He's been traveling this year,

He wants to be here with us all.

He went to the Rockies,

the beach and PA,

But he's back just in time for the fall.

So look for him down

Our Children's Garden way,

He's high up on front of the house.

Make sure that you find him,

And speak to him too,

He's still just as quiet as a mouse.

Always up high,

Miss Dawn

The GardenKeeper


Self-Directed Activities in the Children's Garden

Our self-directed family activities are designed for children and their grown-ups to enjoy together. Learn along side your children as you visit an Investigation Station, complete a Kid Quest or climb to the top of the CWD Tree house. These activities are free with Garden admission.

Investigation Station

Drop in and Dig

Garden Art Studio


Investigation Stations | April - October

Investigation Stations are interpretive exhibits within the Children’s Garden that provide visitors with information about garden-related topics such as garden habitats, plant products, tree identification, garden insects, and plant fibers and dyes. These exhibits are designed for families to learn side by side and have components that engage family visitors in scientific observation throughout the garden. Investigation topics will be presented on a rotating basis using a monthly seasonal theme.

Monthly Seasonal Themes • April - Habitats • May - Soils • June - Weather • July – Garden Dwellers/Insects • August – Plant Products • September – The Harvest • October - Trees

Drop in and Dig | April - October

Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. Join us to learn how much fun gardening with children can be!


April 2 - June 11; 1-3pm

June 18 - September 3; 9-11am

September 10 - October 29; 1-3pm

Garden Art Studio | April - October

Get in the creative zone! Work alongside our staff artist, Katelyn Coyle, in the colorful Garden Art Studio located beside the Hidden Tunnel. Drop-in and unfold your creative energy. Use provided materials to collaborate, explore and reflect on your own Garden experience.

Mondays; 1 - 3pm       


Other Educational Opportunities

Visit our Family Explorations and Workshops page for other educational opportunities.