I can’t help myself. A good reporter would probably start at the beginning of this garden’s story. Perhaps they would open with pictures of what the garden looked like before the grant writing, the meetings, and the endless hours of work. But instead, I’m jumping right to the finished product because I’m so excited to show the results! Find out what makes this school garden fabulous after the jump.
Here’s my plan: I’m going to be writing a series of posts about school gardens. These posts will highlight a NYC public school garden that the PTA created for the students to explore, play, and learn. I’ll write about the steps this school took to get where it is today and their plans for the future (it involves a rooftop garden!). For now, let’s look at the results of all their hard work!
I know this garden didn’t happen over night. It took months of planning and working. Yet, from what I observed when I visited last Friday, it’s worth it. I didn’t have to pose the kids for the camera. They naturally ran from one sitting area to another. It was amazing to watch the kids explore and learn on their own without direction from adults. Aren’t kids wonderful? Aren’t school gardens wonderful?
As I followed the kids around, I found out what made this garden so special and put together a slideshow (with tips!). My favorite picture in the slideshow is the garden’s interactive sculpture. It looks so easy to make and the kids adored it! Do you have a school garden? What’s your favorite part of it?
If you don’t have a school garden and want to learn more, click here to get started. There you’ll find an excellent list of resources to help you design, install, and sustain a school garden. Good luck and enjoy the slideshow!