If your kids planted a pumpkin seed at the Spring Fair, you probably met a master gardener. The master gardeners are highly skilled volunteers who can help you with a whole variety of gardening questions. They also run a truly amazing, Free program for children beginning May 7th and running all the way until October 1st. You can see a pdf of the whole schedule here.
The programs are on Saturdays at 1:00PM and each lasts about an hour and a half. During some sessions kids are actually planning and planting gardens that they’ll harvest in the coming months. During other sessions, they’ll enjoy projects like making garden stepping stones and bird feeders. At the end of the summer, kids will dry seeds for next year and donate produce to the food bank. How cool is that??
All sessions are held at the Jack and the Beanstalk garden at the Master Gardener Demonstration garden which is in Puyallup where Pioneer meets Fruitland (for my Tacoma readers, it’s just a bit further down the road that goes by the Puyallup cemetery). You can just show up at these events. The first is on May 7th, and I’ll have it my weekend list, but I wanted to make sure you knew a bit about it in advance.
Not close enough for you? Windmill Gardens in Sumner holds periodic kids’ gardening events (the next one I see is a boot planter in June). Rodgers’ Country Nursery in Bremerton has a weekly Felix and Fritz Kids’ Club. These do require registration and have a small supply fee. If you know of other places offering gardening fun for little sprouts, please let me know!
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