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Old 02-02-2009, 04:53 PM   #1
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If possible I’ll be updating this list regularly. Do you know of any botanic gardens for children that should be on this list? Have you got some time to do a little research on what is available in your state? Please post your results in this thread for inclusion in the list!


Alabama
Huntsville Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden: http://www.hsvbg.org/gardens/childrensgarden.htm
Aldridge Botanical Gardens: http://www.aldridgegardens.com/index.php/field-trips.html

Alaska
Georgeson Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden (under construction): http://www.uaf.edu/snras/gbg/ and http://www.uaf.edu/news/featured/04/garden/index.html

California
South Coast Botanical Garden, Children’s Discovery Garden: http://www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org/childrensdiscoverygard.html
San Francisco Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden: http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/
Quail Botanical Gardens, Hamilton Children’s Garden (coming soon): http://www.qbgardens.org/childgarden/
The Huntington Botanical Gardens, Childrens Garden: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=486
The Arboretum, LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden: http://www.arboretum.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=getFrontPageFeature&catagory= kids&FeatureID=2c26bd0c-55b1-4768-bae2-9935133eccf4&TypeID=1&CFID=1813808&CFTOKEN=1254466 1

Florida
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: http://www.kanapaha.org/
Children’s Garden at Fort Pierce: http://www.fpvt.net/ChildGarden071205/

Georgia
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden: http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/kids/kids_map.html

Hawaii
Na ‘Aina Kai, “Under the Rainbow” Children’s Garden: http://www.naainakai.org/gardens/children.html

Idaho
Idaho Botanical Garden, the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden: http://www.idahobotanicalgarden.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_id=19

Illinois
The Morton Arboretum: http://www.mortonarb.org/main.taf?p=4,3
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Lena Meijer Children’s Garden: http://www.meijergardens.org/gardens_experience/childrens_garden.php

Kentucky
The Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, the Kentucky Children’s Garden (coming soon): http://www.ca.uky.edu/Arboretum/KCG.php

Michigan
Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden: http://4hgarden.msu.edu/

Missouri
Missouri Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden: https://www.mobot.org/finn/chd_visit.asp

New Mexico
Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Children’s Fantasy Garden: http://www.cabq.gov/biopark/garden/exhibits.html#CFG

New York
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: http://www.bbg.org/exp/stroll/children.html
the New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden: http://www.nybg.org/gardens/test_garden.php?id_gardens_collections=19
Queens Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden: http://www.queensbotanical.org/programs/childrens

Ohio
Cleveland Botanical Garden, Hershey Children’s Garden: http://www.cbgarden.org/Visit/Gardens.html

Oregon
Hoyt Arboretum: http://www.hoytarboretum.org/families

Pennsylvania
Tyler Arboretum: http://www.tylerarboretum.org/arboretum/index.asp

Tennassee
Memphas Botanic Garden, Children’s Garden (coming soon): http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/index.cfm?section=12

Texas
San Antonio Botanical Garden: http://www.sabot.org/

Vermont
Vermont Community Botanic Garden (coming soon): http://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/vbcg.htm

Virginia
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: http://www.lewisginter.org/children/index.php
Norfolk Botanical Garden, Wow Children’s Garden: http://www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/gardens-horticulture/wow-childrens-garden

Washington, D.C.
United States Botanic Garden, Kids Garden: http://www.usbg.gov/forkids.cfm
The United States National Arboretum, the Washington Youth Garden: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/youth.html


Wyoming
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Children’s Garden (coming soon): http://www.botanic.org/Calendar.asp
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:02 AM   #2
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: http://www.lewisginter.org/children/index.php
These guys have some excellent hands on type programs for little and big ones. It's not far from my place. I'm going to be attending a MG seminar there in April. I maybe shouldn't take my checkbook........LOL Like that's gonna happen!
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This is the only one of the bunch that I've been to, but they sure picked the right name by calling it "Wow!" The garden entrance is a dramatic tunnel, which leads to a space filled with water-play and kid-sized tunnels that are scaffolds for vines. The central area feels rather like a theme-park, and radiating out from that are more open areas, including a wide space that demonstrates native plants. And every part of it is designed both to teach something and to be fun.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:09 PM   #4
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These guys have some excellent hands on type programs for little and big ones. It's not far from my place. I'm going to be attending a MG seminar there in April. I maybe shouldn't take my checkbook........LOL Like that's gonna happen!
Fantastic! Has anyone else been to any of these botanic gardens? I would love to get your impressions!
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Westchester Community College Gets Help From Teens from Children's Village in Dobb's Ferry

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The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College has completed the installation of its second demonstration garden with the help of teens from Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry. It was one of several Native Plant Center projects in which volunteers from the Village’s greenhouse program have helped out this year.

Under the direction of Barbara Fischer of Armonk, a teacher at Children’s Village, more than 60 native plants were installed in the new Stone Cottage Demonstration Garden on the Valhalla campus. The boys who assisted were participants in the village’s award-winning Work Appreciation for Youth (WAY) program, which has been called “one of the most promising and effective youth employment programs in the nation."

The Native Plant Center opened in 1998 with a single large demonstration garden containing trees and shrubs native to this region, and a meadow with dozens of varieties of flowers that bloom from early spring until frost. Since the Center receives no funds from the college, it has relied on membership dues and fundraising events for funds for additional demonstration gardens on the campus.

“We go slowly but surely as we get funding,” said Brooke Beebe, the director of the Center since its inception. “We just can’t do it all at once.” The now-complete Stone Cottage Garden consists of four small areas which demonstrate the different uses of native plants--for example, around foundations, or to provide fall and winter interest. The four fledgling gardeners who installed the 60-plus new plants did so with great care and lots of enthusiasm, and celebrated the completion of the garden with punch and cookies. “They planted well and worked hard,” said Beebe. “They were also a pleasure to be with. We enjoyed having them here, and we truly appreciated this help.”
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:37 PM   #6
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The Hershey Children's Garden is real nice.
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Hershey garden?!?!?! Is that where they grow chocolate?
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Hershey garden?!?!?! Is that where they grow chocolate?
No you goofy gal. That's where all the Augustus Gloops go to be sucked up the big chocolate tube so all the good little non-glutinous children can enjoy the gardens.
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ohhh, silly me. I'm glad you're here to set me straight!
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You're welcome. Glad to be of service.
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