We interrupt the regularly programmed schoolyard garden updates to highlight Kansas City Community Garden’s Beanstalk Children’s Garden! Does your school already have a garden? Are you thinking about a garden? Do your students just like being outside or experiencing new things? If you answered yes to any of these questions then keep reading!
The Beanstalk Children’s Garden is a field trip destination located at our KCCG headquarters near Swope Park. From June to October the garden is open for programmed tours. The garden provides a full sensory experience for kids as they get to see, touch, smell, and taste plants growing in the garden.
In the Beanstalk, students observe, infer, ask questions, and think reflectively in all of its six gardens: The Vegetable Garden, The Fruit Garden, The Herb Garden, The Seed and Grain Garden, The Curiosity Garden, and The Water Garden.
I checked in with Lois, the Beanstalk Garden Coordinator to hear what she had to say about the Beanstalk. Lois shared,“Right now we have mulberries, blueberries and goumi berries that are ripe and tasty. But my favorite thing is the grain aisle. If you live in the midwest– the bread basket of the world– you should know what the grains are that feed the world. We have amaranth, teff, and quinoa growing. We also have chia, chickpeas, and sesame growing.”
We love when our schools get a chance to visit the Beanstalk garden. It is fun to learn about all of the interesting plants that can grow here in Kansas City. Come experience the garden this fall and then teach plant science in the spring in the classroom and out in your schoolyard garden! The tours last about 2 hours and cost $2/person. Start scheduling your tour now as slots fill up fast. Click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.