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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Childrens Garden

My husband is a Master Gardener and does a lot of teaching in Phoenix, so he is always anxious to spread the word about fabulous gardens and loves to have children get interested at an early age.  Each year the Master Gardeners have a garden tour to raise money.  This past weekend we got a sneak peek at all of the places on the tour.  My favorite was a school in Scottsdale that a couple of Master Gardeners helped the children develop some of the cutest gardens you have ever seen.

Everything was planted and painted by all the children.



































Pop cans that they made into pinwheels.


























The children all love their gardens and they have learned so much.  I think this is a fabulous project.


37 comments:

  1. Marty this is amazing!!! And in the desert, too. What a wonderful project for your husband to be involved in. I love it. The coconut-head people made me smile. I love getting children involved in gardening, and especially teaching them that veggies don't grow in cans. :) Thanks for sharing I loved all the different projects. Hugs, Barb

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  2. What a wonderful thing! I love how it is a mixed garden- flowers, vegetables and art. Every child can participate and bloom their best talent so to speak. I would love to be involved in a program like this. Thanks for sharing. Have a good day! Luanne

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  3. How can you not smile walking through the Children's Garden? It's all so cheery! I am a big nasturium fan too.

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  4. What a wonderful post!!! Thank you for sharing something so interesting and uplifting!!! Time to get those kids away from the video games and texting.....there's a whole marvelous world out there!!! Good for your hubby!!! hugs...cleo

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  5. Those gardens are so creative! I love how unique they all are and their use of bright color. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Loved this!! Hopefully it will inspire the children to get outside at their own homes and plant some gardens of their own. The time they spend planning, planting and maintaining will certainly help them to develop skills outside of computer games and develop family communication time... thanks for sharing this post and all the gorgeous photos, most inspiring!! xo HHL

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  7. Marty this is just wonderful! The kids must be so proud. I agree, it gets them thinking and doing, and away from the computer and games. thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  8. My boys would have loved all of those! My mom purchased Oldest a garden kit for his birthday that we need to plant. Hope your weekend is going well Marty!

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  9. Such whimsical fun! Children of ALL ages would love that! There are some truly clever ideas in this post, thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. That is so amazing and so much fun! I love all the colorful accents.

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  11. Hi Marty,
    OMG what a fun post! I so loved all of the pics, the cute ideas and the whimsy of it all!
    What a neat project...now you got me missing Phoenix too!
    Don't know what it is but when i see outside pics like that I really get lonesome for my son and my friends there.
    Big Hugs friend,
    Cindy

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  12. Marty, Your husband is the greatest of the species. A Master Gardener with a "honey do" list. I bet your yard is gorgeous. How wonderful that he is encouraging the young ones. Blessings, Ginger

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  13. Oh how lovely Marty. It's never to early to start.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Oh how wonderful for the kids ! Wish I could of been there looks like fun ! Lovely photos , have a great day !

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  15. Wow! That is a pretty cute garden! Love how colorful and full of great ideas it is!

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  16. How wonderful Marty! I love the rainbow colored rocks in the first pic!

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  17. Fabulous displays of gardens! Did you notice those nasturiums? Love that purple picket fence..wished I could have that here..purple and pink are my favorite colors..Are you a MG also? Gosh, Michele Baker should be looking at these pictures and getting ideas for color in the WH Gardens that the school kids have planted. What great ideas, even for us adult gardeners..thanks for sharing these and please tell your DH that he is an inspiration to the kids..They will never forget this experience and maybe some of them will become MG in the future, just from being exposed to this experience.

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    1. Opps! used a wrong name there..should have read Michele Obama. How do I edit my message?

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    2. Do you have any idea what was planted in the planter that looked like it had a hoop over it and straw spread around the plants? Wished I could find seeds for tall snapdragons like was in the back of one of those flowerbeds. Dark burgundy, looked like velvet.

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    3. They have strawberry plants planted there. They grow quickly and produce the berries right away. Mine in my yard are huge and the berries are all so good. The children love these.

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    4. P.S. forgot to say they have the hoops covered with netting so the birds won't eat the berries.

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  18. That is so fun! Great idea for the kids! Love it!

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  19. This is so very beautiful, so colorful! I didn't even know this was going on - and right here in my own backyard! We've lived here in Peoria, Az for a year now. I love finding out new things in the area. Thanks.

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  20. Oh my....simply adorable!
    Very interesting and such great ideas..

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  21. How wonderful to introduce children to gardening and develop a love for nature!

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  22. How wonderful that the children are participating
    in such a wonderful project. The garden looks wonderful and I'm sure each child is proud of the work they did. I love the colors, the design and wow, that old work boot looks awesome with that plant! How cool is that? I'm sure this will be a lasting memory for each child. Very nice.

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  23. How big are these children? They are fantastic! I loved looking at all the projects going on. I believe they are little artists as well. Very colorful....just like life. I see happy-ness if all of it.

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  24. I can only guess how much fun the kids had making this garden!
    Suzyq

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  25. Hi Marty, Your husband is doing a grand job, getting kids to discover their green thumb is a great gift.
    Paul

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  26. What a fun post! My husband and I are both teachers...my husband has a fabulous courtyard garden that he runs at his school. We are also very into gardening. I have gardened my whole life. My brother in law and sister in law live in Scottsdale...we will have to tell them about the school garden, seeing as we are way over here on the east coast!

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  27. How adorable and fun. Trust the children to be so unique and colorful in their gardening. Love it. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Karie

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  28. Marty tell your husband he is doing a great job.I love the childrens garden. Thanks for sharing Joann

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  29. What a great way to learn hands on! :) These are darling!

    ~Liz

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