ASHEVILLE NC – The Highlands Botanical Garden is hosting a gardening workshop for kids, Monday, June 16 through Wednesday, June 18. The workshop is for kids age seven to 10 and will be held each day from 10:30am until 12:30pm. It is designed to get kids excited about the amazing world of plants and to teach them that they can have fun gardening in their own backyards. A hands-on camp, kids will get to practice what they learn each day and bring projects home to enjoy throughout the summer.
The first day will focus on the basics of gardening, including a review of the essentials that plants need to grow, and proper planting methods. Kids will put these methods to use by planting flowers in the Botanical Garden, and they will plant their own vegetable seeds to bring home.
Composting and mosses are the focus of the second day. Kids will learn how to create their own garden soil using food scraps and other organic waste. They will also learn about plants that don’t need soil: mosses. After a moss scavenger hunt in the Botanical Garden, they will try “moss milkshake” propagation to create their own moss art to take home.
On the third and final day of the workshop, we will look inside the belly of the beast as we dissect a pitcher plant and discuss ways that carnivorous plants capture their prey. We will also talk about weeds and practice weeding in the Botanical Garden.
For more information about this workshop, including a gear list, visit www.highlandsbiological.org/botanical-garden/, call (828) 526-0188, or e-mail [email protected] Kelder Monar, one of the horticulturists at the Highlands Botanical Garden, will instruct the workshop. The cost is only $30 per child, or $20 for Salamembers.