Mrs. Lucie Galvin (Mom, Teacher, Craftsman Gardener & Designer) offers 2 organic gardening workshops in your backyard. Excellent children’s books, plants, and tools enhance these fun, educational, and slightly muddy classes – over the course of 2 mornings or afternoons.
Workshops 1 & 2:
What’s in My Garden? - After listening to a great story your children will create a new gardening journal to use. Then they’ll gleefully grab a trug and explore your garden afresh. They’ll study your garden’s design and learn plant names, parts, how they work, and other interesting characteristics. Best of all they’ll practice some cultivation techniques (a little pruning, tying in, weeding, watering…..children love this!) on these old friends. Your children will philosophically ponder ‘Just whose garden is it?’ learning about the animals living in and migrating through your garden. They’ll i.d. beneficial insects and foes and will go on a ‘beast hunt’ using a field guide, magnifying glass, and great App. (It’s amazing how much life lives in just one sq. foot of grass – and how important that life is!) Then we’ll read a wonderful fairy tale before your children plant their own fairy garden in your yard – luring in beneficial wildlife (or fairies and elves) and inspiring hours of imaginative play. We’ll select a spot for a kitchen garden (in ground, pots, or raised beds) for our next class and make a plant list (…which fruit, herbs, and veg would you like to have on hand for use in your favorite recipes?) (Materials to keep: 2 books, journal, sticker book, basket/trug, gloves, trowel, watering can, measuring tape, scissors, twine, field guide, magnifying lens, ladybugs (in season), fairy house, miniatures, plants & seeds (often including Bay, a Butterfly Bush, California Poppies, Chives, Santa Barbara Daisies, and Thyme).)
My Kitchen Garden - Planting fruit and veg, watching the plant life cycle, and being taught what’s edible or not – your children will become gardeners! They’ll gleefully ready pots, a plot, or raised bed each; sow seeds; plant; and learn organic gardening techniques. They’ll most likely be tempted to eat their (phytonutrient rich) fruit and veg raw, freshly picked, and on the spot. What could be healthier? We’ll touch on soil science, the water cycle, et al. and plan a gardening schedule with your children. Then they’ll move into the kitchen to learn some flower arranging basics and to prep a real edible recipe from their garden for your table – connecting gardening with their own good health and sharing their knowledge and success as gardeners with your whole family. (Materials to keep: 2 books, vase, cut flowers, groceries, recipes, canes, plants, & seeds (often including Basil, Beans, Blueberries, Chard, Corn, Lettuce, Marigolds, Mint, Nasturtiums, Parsley, Peas, Pumpkins, Rosemary, Sage, Strawberries, and Tomatoes).)
Our classes are taught in your backyard so that your children can daily make decisions as the Head Gardeners of their own plots and nurture their gardens over time. They’ll gain hands-on experience with science, math, literature and art – and a greater respect and responsibility for the environment, your home, and their own good health. Patience and other skills will be fostered – and your children’s taste for fruit and veg. might grow!
As science teachers attest, a youthful connection with nature is one of our children’s best resources for success. As parents attest, these workshops add delight and wonder to childhood. Call today! Scheduling and Fees