Lesson

The Significance of Incorporating Gardens in Outdoor Play Spaces

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There is a garden in every childhood,
an enchanted place where colours are brighter,
the air softer,
and the morning more fragrant than ever again.

Elizabeth Lawrence

Often, adults think of gardens as a place in family settings rather than early learning programs.  With the current research on the relationship of gardens to how children connect with the environment and their peers, it is important that gardens be a primary consideration when designing children’s outdoor spaces. Gardens play a significant role in supporting children’s connections to nature, environmental stewardship and learning that supports the characteristics of the environment with health and nutrition, social purposes, practical living skills and the process of growth and caring for living things. Think about how gardening offers children new knowledge about science and environments. Think about how gardens provide children with individual places to connect with nature and how a garden offers different learning for children than places where there is active play.

When you think about gardens in outdoor spaces, what do you envision? What do you reflect upon?  How do gardens connect to culture? How do they connect to language and environmental stewardship?  Add your comments in the box below.

Comments

  1. Minni Harris

    I have to be honest I really dislike any gardening and will hire someone to tend to my yard, I am slowly learning to look at it with new eyes and I am learning along side with the children about planting seeds and growing food we can. Instead of going to local grocery store. Also children learn where their food comes from

  2. Christine Norman

    I began a garden this spring with the children in my care. We grew several different items such as snap peas, strawberries, squash and pumpkins. As the strawberries and snap peas grew the children really enjoyed eating them. The children seemed very proud to have contributed to the food that they grew from a seed. They seemed excited to try the food and often ate more then if the same food was in their lunch. We have talked about life cycles, weather, bugs and so much more. The children all really enjoyed physically helping with the garden too. We are very excited to have four big pumpkins turning orange in our garden that we get to explore this fall.

  3. Cindy Spencer

    When I think of gardening I think of the joy in the children’s faces when we invite them to take part in gardening activities. Their faces light up as they get to dig, plant and water their own plants. Then observe and talk about the growth and what a plant needs to grow. We have done many flowers and herbs but are thinking of expanding to grow veggies and allow each child to take some give to share with their families.

  4. Michelle Davis

    Planting and growing is so important in childhood so children can develop a connection to, and a relationship with, the land that they share. Culturally speaking, in indigenous culture planting and nurturing and harvesting medicine is an act of ceremony and fosters once again a connection to their elders and their ancestors.

  5. Jasmine Park

    Preschoolers have little garden in the play space. Children show a lot of interests in plants, flowers, bugs, weather and so on. Even toddlers showed their interests in growing things. It is such a great learning opportunity about plants and environment. I hope we can do more next year.

  6. Jennifer Yarmish

    I LOVE the time I spend in my garden at home and would really love to have a more ‘cottage garden’ feel to our space for the children at the center. Right now we have strawberries and raspberries and we plant veggies in planter boxes. I also put some annuals in hanging baskets for colour …but I would love for it to be a beautiful display of plants that are native to the area. This would give us the opportunity to have people in to the program to talk about the traditional uses for what’s growing in our own space. The children’s connection to the world around them is what we need going forward.

  7. Nikki Littlechild

    We have a lot of flowers and a strawberry garden. The children love to pick the strawberries and eat them. We would like to add more vegetables so the children can be part of planting, growing and eating what we take care of. It provides life learning opportunity, enhances nutrition and is a calming activity.

  8. Carrie Maclellan 

    We have quite a few gardens and the children love it. My absolute favourite is the strawberry garden because the children love watching the life cycle of the strawberries. It is so satisfying to see the children picking the strawberries as its culturally appropriate. I love being able to grow the sustenance that we eat. I think its such a great lesson for the children.

  9. Shirley Robinson

    This year we planted Sunflower and Peas with the children, they love it and they got to bring them home, a few weeks later one of our children was tell how tall the sunflower and the peas were growing, he was so excited

  10. Rachael Ewan

    I think about flowers and pathways. I think of vegetables, and the greenhouse my grandad had. Teaching me about pollination, the smell of fresh dirt and mint. My memories of gardens come from my childhood. They connect to culture because these were the outdoor spaces I experienced as a child. When we are given the opportunity to appreciate a garden, to play in it and experience it, it connects us to environmental stewardship.

  11. lisa.rodney

    Gardening can be such a great connection to the earth for children. It’s an opportunity for them to see something grow from almost nothing. They get to experience nurturing something to life and can watch the slow process of growing and developing with the hopeful outcome of harvest. Life is so fast for everyone now and gratification is instant, this is a great way to slow things down and let children experience life in real time. Gardens also offer a bounty for the senses – the smells, the colours, the taste, the touch, and the quiet sounds.

  12. Heather Diewert

    As I think about gardens; in Outdoor spaces I envision children seeing the miracle of life and growth. The wonder of one tiny seed creating a flower or vegetable. As a child it was fascinating to me that each seed contained the knowledge of what it will become.

    Ironically gardening was not a part of my childhood, it was something that I sought out myself, but I do think that it is very important to many other cultures, especially the Aboriginal society where I am now. Food, culture, connection and environment are big focuses in our teaching. Gardens can give us so many ways to connect to community. We can send it home to families in need, we can learn the traditional names to food and how it was prepared, have ceremonies surrounding harvesting, and teach children to honour and value nature and what it supplies to us every day.

  13. Rachelle Gregoire

    This has been my main dream for a ling time! I would build arches and tunnels of plants. It promotes so much wonder and imagination. I have also always wanted to get plants that are native to the environment with plaques that include the name from the local first Nation language, a description of its harvesting and uses and changes through the seasons.

  14. Katarina Ninkovic

    It’s the second year my group and I have a garden and this year we expanded to several gardens, and so far its been really fun!! We had a radish that was ready, so we plucked it washed it cut it up and the children tried some ( not many were fans haha) ! They water and weed the garden daily!

  15. Pamela Casorso

    I grew up with garden around me. Gardening with children is teaching them a life skill that will stay with them forever. They can eat what they grow in a vegetable garden and a flower garden can brighten up their day.

  16. Heather Brekkaas

    Gardens are fantastic. It gives children a chance to dig, to plant, to watch something grow and the opportunity to take care of something.

  17. Daphne Hachey

    gardens can be benificial in so many ways. Sensory release, the rewarding feeling of watching something grow, feeling connected to the earth, learning about specific plants, and more! our school also has a small chicken coop and that adds a whole new layer to the complexity of what gardens offer to children.

  18. Dana Wilson

    When you think about gardens in outdoor spaces, what do you envision? What do you reflect upon? How do gardens connect to culture? How do they connect to language and environmental stewardship?
    When I think about gardening I think about the huge garden my mom had in the backyard. She grew so many of the vegetables we ate. To this day I still value gardening and the importance of knowing where your food comes from. I think this gives children the ability to have environmental stewardship as they can make the connection between the earth and what it provides for us. When I think about gardening having implications on our culture and community, I think about the small garden plot my mother now has in a community garden in the town where she lives. This has given my mother and many other elderly people connections in a new community, it is it’s own culture.

  19. Anna Mary McKenney

    I LOVE gardens. I think with the right age group it provides so many learning opportunities. It is such an open ended experience for children and you can expand on it so easily with toys, books, art experience, really anything. The possibilities are endless

  20. Krista Ambrose

    When I thing about gardens in outdoor spaces, I envision spending time with my Mom and Grandmother out in the garden as a child. Many people do not have gardens any more. I remember going to the garden and stealing peas and carrots and eating them (did not even wash the carrots off!). Gardens promote language. I use many words when checking the garden with the children. We talk about how the plants have grown, if they need water, or just some sunshine. We talk about why we have to weed. I even compare the plants to how the child is growing. We also discuss how we can eat the vegetables that are grown from the garden. I talk about what I have planted at home and some of them tell me about their gardens at home.

  21. Jody Anderson

    When you think about gardens in outdoor spaces, what do you envision? I envision little secret hiding places, giant sunflowers, little benches for children or adults to relax on, gnomes or fairies hanging out, bean pole tents, bird baths or nearby bird houses, and lots of flowers and vegetables growing that the children planted. I see trees that would be purposely planted for the varous seasons and twinkly lights for those short winter days. I envison a place of retreat and relaxation.

    What do you reflect upon? I reflect on the purpose of the garden and how it provides learning opportunites as well as a place for self regulation and a sense of belonging and community.
    How do gardens connect to culture? Foods that we eat and methods of planting could all connect to culture as well as the items you have in your garden that are used to enhance the space.
    How do they connect to language and environmental stewardship? Children learn that there actions have a dirrect correlation between wether something grows or not. It teaches them to care for something else and to nuture it and helps them to understand the whole growing cycle and that food isnt just automatically bought at a store but that it came from somehwere prior and there were steps involved in growing it.

  22. Bonnie Willson

    Our center is on a First Nation reserve, We have started to develop a garden where we are growing traditional plants, medicinals, fruits, vegetables, etc, The children are always so excited to see how much the plants have grown and to pick and eat fresh things right from our garden! Keeps them occupied and happy!

  23. Amanda Funk

    Gardens connect food to the land and the connection humans have in it’s growth. Food cultivation has many cultural aspects, different foods are grown in different parts of the world and shared and prepared differently.

  24. Maria Agustin

    I like gardening. Gardening is a great physical activities. It provides children with hands on learning. Teach the children an easy task such as watering plants.

  25. Lisa Goldsack

    I think that gardens definitively belong in every Early Learning centre. Planting and taking care of a garden teaches children where their food comes from, it teaches them how to care for something else and they are so proud of themselves when their hard work pays off. I envision a garden where not only is fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown but also flowers because showing a child how to care for something that is beautiful brings more beauty into this world.

  26. Angel Huang

    i love the idea of garden, as i grew up in countryside where my grandparents they grow their own food, fruits and vegetables. The centre and summer camp where I worked at, they all have a garden area. Children take turns to help water the plants and they help picking the food when they are ready. It is a great way for children to learn about the food they eat and to respect all the hard work from getting the food.

  27. Amanda Christison

    I envision a garden being a great sense of pride and joy for the children involved in creating and taking care of it. They develop a sense of environmental stewardship and because they feel connected to nature, they will actively protect and nurture it. The gardens can connect to culture in many ways including growing a variety of foods and plants which are native to where the children’s families come from as well as the children naturally feeling connected to it from their own experiences with their families or perhaps participating in a community garden. It is something that can be done year wide and the children can watch and learn how the plants go from seed to fully grown and watch the changes as the weather changes or when it’s time to harvest the plants.

  28. Nicole Robinson

    When I think of gardens, I think of how children can learn about the food they eat and where it comes from. I think about them learning that not all produce looks like what comes from the grocery store but often tastes better. I think about how children can use these experiences to expand their knowledge and perhaps develop a passion for gardening.

  29. Ruth Novak

    I think gardens are a great idea. At my setting the children planted fruits and vegetables and water them everyday. It gives them a sense of being with the nature and learning where our food comes from. It helps them to care for something else other than themselves. I also think of the giant garden we used to have in front of our house. Just flowers though, but it was such a nice experience watching them grow from start to finish. They also will have a sense of pride that did this all alone. Something we hopefully will continue to do!

  30. Betty-Ann Ryz

    Gardens are such a great learning tool for everyone. Vegetable gardening can teach about the environment needed to produce consumable food and the sense of accomplishment when one is able to eat their own grown food. Flower gardens can teach about bugs and provide so many sensory opportunities. Gardening is one those great activities that soulfully connects one to nature and how it all works.

  31. Silvia Martínez

    When gardening with the kids it’s value time because they learn about the colors, textures and they can see how the processi is to take care of the plants and trees.

  32. Tammy

    When I think about a garden I think about a place where we can teach the children about how different plants support each other when planted in proximity to one another and how the whole environment works together. I think about a place where the children can nurture their plants and get a reward, such as a flower bloom, a vegetable or fruit to try or even an insect to watch and observe. I also think of how the garden could be connected to and intertwined throughout the space instead of just in one spot.

  33. Amanda N

    I love gardening with children. When we plant, we talk about the life in the dirt, the sizes and types of seeds, and responsibilities as everybody wants to take care of the garden. Gardening activities bring children and educators together.

  34. Annette Casey

    When I think of gardening I think of colours, smells, tastes,feel. Soil, water, plants with roots, seeds. What a learning tool.

  35. Jessica Garner

    When I think of gardening, I think of life cycles and the interconnectedness of nature. Gardens offer an opportunity to observe how worms and bees help plants to grow. To see the growth from seed to plant to fruits and flowers. To see how waste can be composted and become soil to nourish the garden. To see how different cultures know and sue each plant.

  36. Prabhulata Immaraju

    Having your own garden provides children with a wealth of learning and caring opportunities. There is a sense of ownership and belonging. They help, weed, prepare the soil, plant, water, tend and harvest and enjoy the fruit of their labour. It’s a space that the children love and enjoy. All their senses are fully engaged. It is indeed the one most loved spaces of our centre.

  37. Shannon Stewart

    Outdoor gardens develop environment stewardship in children. When children participate in Community gardens, they have the opportunity to connect with the wider community. Gardens onsite at centers provide an opportunity for children to take on responsibility which fosters a disposition of care. Children can visit their garden over and over, n notice the changes in the plants, water them, learn about the stages of growth, harvest in the fall and engage a project the is unique to their childcare community.

    Children learn to recognize and record patterns and relationships in nature by….Noticing regularity, repetition, and changes in nature, Learning to systematically observe, name, and record natural phenomena and raising questions about changes, connections, and causes, and undertaking first-hand investigationsv(Flightframework p.113)

  38. Kimberley Thompson

    When I think of gardens I think of the movie the secret garden and how it is magical. Gardens are therapeutic, it gives children a connection to nature and respect for.plants.

  39. Nikki Meyer

    Children learn to care for living things, they can have the sensory experiences of digging in the dirt and harvesting, and seeing things grow with the cycle of life.

  40. Nazia Mir

    We do every year grow some plants in a garden box. first, they plant their seeds in cups then we plant them into the garden box.

  41. Charlene Durrant

    We have garden boxes and a larger garden. The children help with the planning, planting, weeding and general upkeep of the gardens during the summer. They are able to enjoy the fruits of their labor once the veggies start growing.

  42. Svetlana Babikova

    Children like to play in the garden. the garden provides many opportunities for inquiry learning, discoveries, sensory play, science, etc. Children can get connected to nature, care and protect the environment, connect to the community.

  43. Mizuho Kashiwagi

    When I am in my garden, there are joy, respect, wonder, and experiment. I think children can also feel them when they in garden as well.

  44. Lucie Theroret

    In my childhood we did lots of gardening with mom
    Gardening at the center help children understand where the veggies fruit or flowers come from .The children connect with the nature .they like to watch their garden grow and it encourage some of them to try veggies

  45. Andrea Preissl

    Gardening with children is great. It helps develop an interest in nature. It teaches them about needing sun and water and being taken care of. They sometimes they get to see what happens when something goes wrong. It is also said that having your hands (or feet) in the soil is a natural antidepressant and makes people happier.

  46. Joanne Falk

    Gardens are a great way for children of any age to learn about the earth and how plants grow with care and of course water and sun. With children helping they learn to appreciate and respect the earth and nature as well as seeing the plant/fruit grow.

  47. Madison Reimer

    I have never been to a centre that has a garden outside. I can see how it would bring a lot to the environment and provide a very positive atmosphere. I think it could also help bring up new discussions and curiosity with the children! I would love to find a way to implement gardening into the centre.

  48. Nadira Ramnauth

    I envision children using gardening tools digging, exploring the soil and getting easy. They like to help adults with the planting and watering the plants. The best part children enjoy when gardening is picking and washing the fruits and vegetables. When we are gardening, we should plant vegetables and fruits from different cultures. Children learn the names of fruits and vegetables from other cultures. When we plant fruits and vegetables from different cultures, children will know that we value their cultural foods.

  49. Kathy Barnhart

    I am amazed myself with how gardens grow. I think this is fundamental in human beings that to survive we need to grow things. I believe gardens are fascinating and children can and should be able to interact with and help plants and animals grow.

  50. Caroline Driedger

    When you think about gardens in outdoor spaces, what do you envision? What do you reflect upon? How do gardens connect to culture? How do they connect to language and environmental stewardship?
    We have outdoor gardens in our space both flowers and vegetables. We have started our vegetables as seedlings indoors and are getting ready to transplant into our outdoor garden. I veggie garden is also ready to go. What i would like to see is the children more invovled in planting the seeds and caring for the garden through out the summer.
    Gardens connect us to nature as we see and document the growth, it connects emotions as we care for the garden and are proud as we wait to pick and eat our veggies. Thought provoking language is used as we ask questions and get the children to also ask questions and help get to the answers .

  51. Erin Lihou

    I love the idea of outdoor garden spaces for the children to experience and explore. Having the children engage with us and among each other as they fill the space with dirt get seedlings ready to plant and to actually do planting with what they grew would be an wonderful way to encourage being outdoors, get them to have a sense of knowing that they are growing something and at the end being able to eat the plants they planted and having a sense of accomplishment knowing they grew it. Such wonderful experiences for children to grow up with.

  52. Kathryn Armstrong

    Gardening has always been a part of my life. My parents, my grandparents all gardeners and now my daughter has a large allotment garden. When I was a home child care provider the children were involved in the vegetable and flower gardens. We found bugs, watched caterpillars turn to butterflies and picked cucumbers for lunches. In my early learning program have brought in flowers to the art table and every year we plant seeds that the children take home. They have come to look forward to planting these seeds every year and they update my on the progress of there plants. Having plants connects the children to the life cycle and how important it is to take care of the world around us.

  53. Deborah Fehr

    For the past year, I have been increasingly spending an extraordinary amount of time in my house. There are a few things that continually bring me immense joy. My early morning latte brewed on the stove with almond milk frothed in my over priced frother and the new growth on the plants in my house. Every morning I check the plants and discover tiny new leaves coming out of nowhere. Each plant has a story and each one brings me joy. I believe much of this comes from the joy of discovery I felt as a child planting tiny seeds in the ground and then watching them grow to become carrots and potatoes and … and … and etc. I had an herb garden in my kitchen last year and I will plant one again. I’m not much of a gardener myself, though I can totally enjoy and appreciate the hard work of others. Sharing the joy of growing with children is a most enjoyable experience for the children and myself. Somehow I can’t fathom why centres wouldn’t have gardens as a part of their play spaces and it saddens me when I see planters and gardens that are unattended or that children have had no part in.
    I love to see gardens where children have been a part of the process and they can speak to me of that journey… where they have made the signs that tell of the mystery beneath the ground… where they can speak to the future of what the plants will become… and where they can harvest and prepare the food for eating or the flowers for enjoying. Gardens are all different and reflect the values of the designers and the gardeners. All children should have gardens in their childhood, that can root them in stewardship and wonder of natural processes.

  54. Kamaldeep Sidhu

    When I think about the garden, I see and feel the greenary.Great opportunity for children to learn about food,where it comes from.we have a garden at our centre backyard, also we plant grass seed and beanstalk inside.They look for the plants and work together to weeding and watering.

  55. Janice Duncan

    When you think about gardens in outdoor spaces, what do you envision?- I envision a space of beauty and vitality
    What do you reflect upon?- The goodness and gifts of the earth
    How do gardens connect to culture? – Everyone can relate to gardens as gardens exist everywhere. We are all also dependent on the land for food.
    How do they connect to language and environmental stewardship? – The garden has a language of it’s own to describe plants, how they grow, what they need, how to cultivate them. Children learn first hand about environmental stewardship when they have experience taking care of a garden, as the concepts of caring for a piece of earth and the life that lies there within can be applied to other contexts.

  56. Alphonsine Hategekimana

    When I think about the garden, I see nature in green, what comes in the garden, what I eat and what it takes to make a garden.
    The children learn a lot about the garden, because they have the chance to participate by touching in the soil, planting, water and studying what we eat. In addition to socializing with their peers and having fun

  57. Jaclyn Geiger

    Being connected to gardens provides a way to connect to the earth, the land and its culture of FIrst Peoples and caring for the sustainability of living. There is so much beauty and connection for growth in this process. What we invest time into we care about and through action, learning and modelling gardens a beautiful process for this growth.

  58. Stephanie Vieira

    I love to educate children on gardening. They can learn we’re good comes from, how they grow, how to plant them. Which season to plant. Learn about soil, water, sun! They can learn so much and when the children are actually gardening they have lots of fun doing that because they know they are learning about real life nature.

  59. Laura Mcintosh

    When thinking about gardens in an outdoor space I think this is a great opportunity for children to see where their food comes from. It makes me reflect on my own childhood and how interesting I found the topic of gardening was and how it really sparked my curiosity. Gardens also provide a space for children to learn how to treat a space being gentle and careful because of the needed structure for the plants to grow.

  60. Nicole Morrell

    I envision children working together, and nurturing their caring disposition to learn, and I envision the excitement of the first time they see something sprouting. I reflect on why these things are so pure and meaningful for the child. I reflect on why this is so important to help nurture their love and care for the environment and living things. This is exactly how they connect to environmental stewardship is by caring for and growing things and developing a love and understanding for why we must take care of nature.

  61. Hilary Geddes

    i see gardening as a great way for children to learn many skills such as nurturing living plants, harvesting and where food comes from. As an educator it can be a project that takes planning and introduction but is an ongoing learning experience for children and educators alike.

  62. Ai Paul

    I think we are far removed from our connections to our land. We no longer know where our food comes from. I like the idea of starting a garden to learn about local plants and flowers to reestablish our relationships with nature.

  63. Heather Howard

    When I think about gardens I think of new life emerging and I can feel calmness. Children get excited in seeing a garden that they can care for – preparing the earth, planting the seeds, watching, examining, planning, weeding, harvesting vegetables. If flowers are planted they take joy in the beauty of their delicate petals, watching the insects. Many families garden and having a garden at your program is making another connection for the child. New language emerges as children learn about the process of gardening and the environmental stewardship. Children take these experiences with them.

  64. Lorraine Kok

    I have a garden every year my grandson loves to help with the process, I see the enjoyment he has so I started to plant things with my children at work. We did carrots one year the children loved it and those who did not even like carrots tried them it was great. Gardening is good for the children to see the process from seed to plant.

  65. Alison Rinas

    When i think of gardens and children or garden’s in children play spaces. I envision them watering, picking weeks, looking for bugs on the plants and observing the plant in curiosity until they can harvest the plant and eat it. Flower provide another level of beauty and caring to the spaces tha empowers the children to feel that their space is beautiful and it belongs to them. My son loved the heavy work that went along with the idea of the garden, the hoeing, weeds and harvest of plants.

  66. Christine Villeneuve

    I value gardening at home, so I encourage gardening in programs. Children love getting their hands in the dirt, watering plants, and watching for changes to their plants. Our health inspectors state programs cannot use un-inspected food when serving children’s meals and snacks, so we give our harvest to families and educators. This year, I would like to try preserving food with children (simple jams, pickles) and sending a jar home for families.

  67. Patricia Lynch-Staunton

    When you think about gardens in outdoor spaces, what do you envision? What do you reflect upon? How do gardens connect to culture? How do they connect to language and environmental stewardship?
    I envision beautiful, large working gardens in ELCC sites. I think about what the gardens will look, sound and smell like in all seasons. How will the children utilize the space in each season to come to undersatnd the cyclical nature of growth and harvesting?
    The children can have hands-on experiences such as digging,watering, planting, harvesting foods, which can then be used in the program, adding to conversations about nutrition. Composting, insects add to learning about environmental sustainability. Choice of plants and foods to grow can support children’s inderstanding of differing cultural food choices, growing zones for differing climates.

  68. Carli Olson

    When I think of gardens in an early learning centre, I just wonder how to start the teaching, how do we help children understand the boundaries needed to help the plant survive. I think this is an amazing skill to teach and I am inspired to think of some triggers and projects we can do soon to help the children learn about plants.

  69. Daniela Rodriguez

    Gardens are a great way for children to appreciate nature and et used to the idea that taking care of nature should be something as natural as eating in our daily lives. I think it helps educators create awareness and allows children to connect to different important topics while having fun.

  70. Randi Robertson

    When i think of gardens in outdoor spaces, i think of my grandpa who has now passed. As a kid, i used to go over and help plant many different veggies in the garden with him. I think it was a great experience getting to plant the garden as a kid, i remember being so interested in everything we were planting and why we planted some things deeper then others etc. Getting to know how to garden as a young kid is really important in my eyes, it teaches kids a lot and allows them to connect with nature and be outside in the fresh air as well.

  71. Romy Ralph

    I think gardens play a special part in outdoor spaces. Not only are they beautiful to look at and smell they can provide children with a sense of ownership and pride. I was very tired of asking the children not to pick the flowers that the parks planted near our playground, so I decided to let them grow their own. When they did this they wanted everyone to see them and enjoy them. They chose not to pick them so we could have them to look at and that was when they understood why I had asked them not to pick the park flowers.

  72. Anita Morgan

    We have always had a garden in our space. I think it’s great that children have the opportunity to eat the foods they help to grow. Also being in rural Manitoba we have many farmers and crop and growing jobs that our parents work at that help build connections with children

  73. Kim Hoey

    We have a garden that the children are involved in. We get some seeds started inside and the transplant them outside later. They help put seeds in the ground too. We also have flowers that get planted and they help water them. It is important for children to understand where food comes from. Not just from the store. And that you can grow it yourselves and then make things like ….pickles out of the cucumber that you planted.

  74. Susanne Saunders

    The children love the flower and vegetable gardens. The children learn to water, weed, and pick the vegetables. The children also go to the community garden to see how the garden is growing. They look for the plants that look that same as the plants in are garden.

  75. Charmee Penner

    I think that gardens really connect to culture at the centre I work at. I work at a centre that is in rural Manitoba. Many families live on farms, have grandparents that live on farms or other close family members, or have parents that work on farms. Children are very knowledgeable about farming and the processes. I think that children have a deep connection to gardening and the processes behind it (planting seeds, caring for seedlings, watering plants, transplanting, weeding, harvesting and of course eating!)

  76. Laurie Millions

    We have always had a garden at our daycare. The children plant flowers and vegetable seeds inside, then we transplant them outside. We eat and cook all of our vegetables that we grow
    The children work together and alone weeding, watering the garden.

  77. Taylor Aichelberger

    When I think about gardens in outdoor spaces, I think of my own childhood and the time spent in my grandparent’s garden. I reflect upon the many ways that gardening and connection to gardens strengthened my connection to nature as a child. Gardens are deeply connected to culture because they foster a sense of community, respect for the land and connection to sense of place. Gardening connects to language and environmental stewardship because children will learn to communicate while gardening collaboratively, and care for the environment as they care for and tend to their plants. What children love and care for, they will naturally be motivated to protect and advocate for.

  78. Jessica Popp

    When I think of gardens I think of my childhood, and my grandmother gardening. Now gardening seems to be something in the past. Gardening has implication on our society as well as our culture. It demonstrates to children who we take care of the world, and everything in it as well as our connection to the world and each other. Creating this opportunity for child can have a great impact on their lasting views of nature.