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Harvest Season in the Children’s Garden

It’s harvest season in the Children’s Garden, and if you walk by on an autumn day you'll see a bounty of veggies ready to be harvested, including kale, lettuce, broccoli, squash, tomatoes...the list goes on! Since the Children’s Garden is closed to visitors, many people wonder who benefits from all this produce. Well, it’s the kids, of course! Throughout the growing season young gardeners have tended to the garden and now are reaping the rewards.

As a garden celebrating its 96th year in existence, the Children's Garden has a long-standing tradition of children planting their own crops and flowers and harvesting them in the fall under the guidance of garden instructors. The garden is specifically designed for and cared for by children. In fact, other than hired staff and the occasional volunteer, adult hands rarely touch the plants and soil!

What makes the Children’s Garden so special? The gardeners who tend to it. From the onset of the growing season in early spring through the peak of harvest in late September, children are hard at work in the field tending to their plots. Children as young as two years old can visit and participate in the garden throughout the year. The Trees and Saplings program for two- and three-year-olds offers our youngest gardeners and their caregivers a chance to get their hands dirty, while pre-K and kindergarteners can enroll in Seeds, the early-childhood drop-off program. Older gardeners in first through eighth grade can enroll in our City Farmers program. Days and times of programming vary, but we do offer classes year-round. Look for opportunities for your children to join us in the Children's Garden by checking out our schedule online.

Dave Daly is a former Children's Garden coordinator at BBG

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