Not School but extra curricular children's gardening group
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Derwen Garden Centre, Guilsfield set up the Acorns Gardening Club for Junior Gardeners two years ago after a little event where we gave children violas to pot up and take home. The children were so keen that we decided to give them a more permanent Saturday gardening club.Children now come along every other Saturday for an hour from eleven to twelve noon and work in their very own garden.
They learn to sow and plant, pot up and of course harvest, but there is much more to the gardening club than basic horticulture. Over the two years they have made and taken home lovely miniature salad gardens thanks to Tanners who supplied us with some wooden wine crates free of charge.
We've made a ‘Garden of the Native Americans’ complete with totem pole and an Elizabethan Apothecary’s Garden. They have even re-enacted the Mutiny on the Bounty to learn about how Wardian cases revolutionised the importation of plants, alas too late for the bread fruit on the Bounty of course!
The Derwen’s junior gardeners are invited to the Welsh Food Festival every September and they go along with their own stall to teach other children how to pot up violas and make herb gardens.
All children are welcome but children four years old and under should be accompanied by an adult. Any child is welcome to simply turn up at the garden which is behind the polytunnel between eleven and noon. Drinks and cookies are also provided. It’s a lot of fun and it is all completely free.
Call us on 01938 553015 for further details and for keep watching facebook for more information regarding the new year starting times!
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- Posted: Wed. 8th December 2010 11:56