Spring Break Family Workshops

Each Workshop:  $20/One Child + One Parent, $12/Additional Participant (15% discount for Garden Members)

April 22nd – Worm Farming
Wriggling worms!  Learn how worms contribute to the natural  environment and create your very own worm farm!

April 23rd – Grow Your Own Herbal Tea
Learn how to grow, care for and maintain herbs you will plant in your very own herbal tea container garden! Discuss how these herbs can be used to promote health and wellness.

April 24th – Upcycled Succulents
Upcycle tin cans to create a beautiful planter for your succulent.  Learn how to care for and maintain your succulent  at home!

April 25th – Sun Catcher Wind Chimes
Bring your inner artist to life using goodies found in nature. Create a collage transforming these earthy items into sun catcher wind chimes!

April 26th – The Air Plant Phenomenon
Learn about the different types, benefits, and growth requirements for  air plants. Create a vessel to display your very own air plant!

Pups & Perennials

Bring your pup(s) to the Garden to sniff the spring blooms! Walk the trails, talk with and shop from dog-themed vendors and enjoy family-friendly activities, flowers and more.

First Tuesday: Herbal Aphrodisiacs

Bring your lunch to the Garden’s Visitor Pavilion and enjoy a presentation on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding January).

Join Dr. Dave Hamilton, Naturopath with Of the Earth Wellness, LLC, to boost your health before Valentine’s Day with tricks of the botanical trade. Learn about the tradition and lore of aphrodisiacs and the importance of heart health to keep your heart beating strong for the one you love.

Girl Scout Day at the Garden

Objective:  Girl Scouts will complete the requirements for the following badges:

  • Daisy: Clover Petal, Rose Petal
  • Brownie: Naturalist-Bugs Badge, Senses, Legacy Artist Badge (NEW)
  • Junior: Naturalist-Flowers Badge, Gardener Badge, Investigate Award

Logistics:

  • Participants must pre-register on-line. Registration will close on March 22. Scout Leaders will get in free. All other chaperones will be charged regular Garden admission.
  • Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. on March 30th.
  • Each participant is responsible for bringing their own lunch.
  • Scouts will receive their badge upon completion of the program.
  • Each program will be assigned a spot in the Garden.
  • A maximum of 20 participants per program will be allowed.

Schedule:

  • 9:00-9:30 Check-In
  • 9:30-11:00 Daisy Clover Petal
  • 9:30-12:30 Brownie Senses
  • 9:30-12:30 Brownie Naturalist
  • 9:30-12:30 Brownie Legacy Artist
  • 9:30-12:30 Junior Naturalist Flower
  • 9:30-12:30 Junior Gardener
  • 11:15-12:45 Daisy Rose Petal
  • 12:45-1:15 Lunch
  • 1:15-2:45 Brownie Naturalist Continues
  • 1:15-2:45 Brownie Legacy Artist Continues
  • 1:15-2:45 Junior Naturalist Flower Continues
  • 1:15-2:45 Junior Gardener Continues

Daisy Clover Petal (Using The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting)
Time:  90 minutes                  Cost:  $15.00/scout

  1. Instructor will read/discuss “Clover’s Story”. Scouts will discuss questions in the program guide.
  2. Scouts will create a “Flower Collage” using old magazines. A discussion will take place about repurposing.
  3. Scouts will take a guided tour of the Growing Center and learn how the Garden uses its resources to grow plants.

Daisy Rose Petal (Using The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting)
Time:  90 minutes                  Cost:  $15.00/scout

  1. Instructor will read/discuss “Rosie’s Story”. Scouts will discuss questions in the program guide.
  2. Scouts will be given a part in the story to act out and perform the story.
  3. Take a walk along Persimmon Trail and cleaning up the trail where necessary.

Brownie Naturalist-Bugs (Using The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting)
Time:  4.5 hours                     Cost:  $45.00/scout

  1. Scouts will complete our “Nature’s Transformers” program taught by an instructor. Scouts will create a poster of a butterfly, bee or ladybug labeling all the body parts.
  2. Scouts will complete a “bug craft”. The craft will be determined at a later date.
  3. Scouts will create a bug box and collect bugs for observation.
  4. Scouts will create a paper-mache cocoon.
  5. Scouts will go on a guided bug hike to see how many different bugs they can find. Magnifying glasses will be provided.

Brownie Senses (Using The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting)
Time:  3 hours           Cost:  $30.00/scout

  1. Scouts will complete a scavenger hunt in the Garden using magnifying glasses. Scouts will discuss how a magnifying glass helps your sense of sight.
  2. Scouts will be seated in a quiet place in the Garden and try to listen for 10 different sounds. Scouts will draw a picture of what they think is making the sound.
  3. Scouts will be blindfolded and given three citrus fruits to sniff (lemon, lime, orange). Scouts will see if they can identify the fruit just by its scent.
  4. Scouts will complete a taste test with sweet, bitter, and salty foods. Scouts will discuss which foods were their favorite and why, as well as if one of the foods had more than one flavor.
  5. Scouts will search the Garden for items of different texture (examples: smooth, rough sticky, bumpy, hard, squishy, or hairy).  Scouts will then glue these items to a poster board, and have a friend close their eyes and try to guess what the item is.

Brownie Legacy Artist (Using The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting)
Time:  4.5 hours         Cost:  $50.00/scout

  1. An artist will lead a discussion with the Scouts. Topics to be included are inspiration, mediums, and the creative process.  The artist will show some of their paintings and the Scouts will explain what they like about them.
  2. Scouts will paint an outdoor landscape with trees or flowers on a canvas. A spot in the Garden will be chosen based on the season.
  3. Instructor will discuss abstract art and how art can express emotions. Scouts will paint what they think calm, happy, or angry would look like using colors that best depict the emotion they chose.
  4. Scouts will collect items from the garden that could be used as paintbrushes. Scouts will experiment with these items using paint and paper to see what shapes they can create.
  5. Scouts will paint a mural depicting the things they love the most about Girl Scouts. (Group Activity)

Junior Naturalist-Flower Badge (Using The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting)
Time:  4.5 hours         Cost:  $50.00/scout

  1. Scouts will choose a flower found in the Garden to research before attending the program. Scouts will go on a flower hunt around the Garden and identify their flower along with 5 other kinds of flowers using a magnifying glass to investigate.  They will record/sketch their findings in their botanist notebook.
  2. Scouts will find a flower that has a scent. They will observe and note what visits the flower.
  3. Scouts will learn about 3 different medicinal flowers.
  4. Scouts will create their own flowers out of various craft materials. Completed flowers will be placed in a bouquet.
  5. Scouts will send a flower message by creating a corsage or bouquet using either real or fake flowers.

Junior Gardener Badge (Using The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting)
Time:  4.5 hours         Cost:  $60.00/scout

  1. Scouts will take a 1 hour tour of the Garden.
  2. During the tour, Scouts will visit different areas that exemplify different garden styles (example: Orchid Conservatory, the White Garden, Lost Hollow). After the tour, the scouts will sketch out their ideal garden.
  3. Scouts will participate in a discussion regarding the hardiness zone they live it. They will be introduced to 6 plants that are ideal for their zone.
  4. Using egg cartons, scouts will plant seeds in preparation for their experiment. Scouts will observe their plants over a set time period and record their observations.
  5. Scouts will create a soft sided terrarium.