Apr 15th, 2014

Global Youth Service Day comes to the Children's Garden

By Nicki, Youth Programs Developer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Kylie planting

This weekend Kylie helped plant a wonderful purple kale variety in the Youth Volunteer Display Garden. Kylie is in the Service Learning Program. We will harvest the kale in a couple of months so check in with us to see what recipes we come up with using purple kale!

This weekend we celebrated Global Youth Service Day by planting kale and lettuce transplants that we started in the Children’s Garden greenhouse earlier this year.  Our Service Learning Program volunteers  helped us plant the vegetables  in our newly established Youth Volunteer Display Garden. This garden consists of hollow log containers and straw bales and is located in the Children’s Garden near the Sand Play area.

The young volunteers chose straw bale container gardens because they work well for areas where planting may difficult, like around a tree with a massive root system. They also chose log planters as another resourceful way to reuse trees that have come down at the Garden.  The soil we use in raised-beds comes from the Children’s Garden compost bins  made from scraps from the Garden Café.  And in a full circle, the straw bales and logs will eventually decompose  we will use it as compost for a new Youth Display Garden for next year.

The Youth Volunteer Display Garden was designed and  planted, and is maintained by our dedicated youth volunteers and is a collaborative effort from all of the various youth programs the Garden offers.  In addition to the transplants, we also planted seeds and bulbs, along with a variety of native flowers, as well as fruits and vegetable that will come later in the year. We designed the garden with the intention of having a four-season (year-round) garden. This week we will add lemon balm and we will harvest it in late October in honor of Food Day.


Nicki Apostolow is the Youth Programs Developer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden where she runs youth volunteer programs, including Service Learning, Summer Programs, Vocational Programs & Internships.

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