Kids can explore the garden for free

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Ashlin Nolan, daughter of John and Carrie Nolan, forms soil around a plant in the Memorial Gardens. Through hands-on gardening activities such as this, children can learn about the earth and its bounty at this summer’s Kids in the Garden program, which starts today (Wednesday, June 13), from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and will continue every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. (Submitted photo)

Kids in the Garden is a free program at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens every second and fourth Wednesday morning and afternoon, sponsored by the Crawford County Master Gardeners. Class times are 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Children ages 5-14 and their parents or guardians (for those under 10) are invited to explore the garden setting, including the harvesting of vegetables, tasting of them, talking about using them and enjoying a story walk, snack and beverage.

June 13—Planting Our Garden and Construction of a Bug Condo

Seeds and plants will be planted and labels made. There will be story time and time for exploring bug guests in the bug condo. Hummingbird feeders will also be filled and installed, that way the kids can watch hummingbirds all summer.

June 27—Composting We Go and Magical Hummingbird

A compost pile will be started and kids will learn about the magic of hummingbirds. Everyone will also plant beans and cucumbers and learn how to care for little plants, including weeding and mulching around them.

July 11—Looking Down the Wiggly Worm’s Hole

After weeding and harvesting of vegetables, wiggly worms will be the topic.

July 25—Marvelous Monarchs

Monarch butterflies are the topic. Weeding, harvesting and tasting of vegetables will continue.

Aug. 8—Apples, Apples, Apples and Painting Friendship Rocks

Apples and what lives in them are the topic. Then, the group will paint friendship rocks. This is the final gathering of the summer.

For more information, call Donna at (608) 412-4661.

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