Wednesday, October 13

Children's Learning Garden Dedicated at Pearl Library

One of the coolest things anyone can do is make a difference. The Pearl Library now has a Children's Learning Garden, which was dedicated on October 6, 2010, complete with a watermelon cutting.

U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper, Mayor Brad Rogers, along with others from the community, were present to cut a watermelon that was grown in the garden.

"Betty Newman, President of the Spring Lake Garden Club, is the lead gardener. Newman attended master gardener training in the spring of 2010 and began looking for a project to put her skills to work on. The Pearl Urban Forestry Board was looking for an opportunity to implement a program for children to learn about nature through hands-own experiences. The two were a perfect fit.

Children can view the garden from inside the library or take a short walk to the back of the building and explore first hand the plants, rocks, soil, butterflies, bees and other wildlife habitat. In addition, a children’s gardening program is hosted by the Spring Lake Garden Club at 4:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. Children of all ages are invited.

Over 50 types of plants are on display in the learning garden including annual and perennial flowers, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and tree seedlings. The goal is to teach children about gardening through the seasons and to give them the opportunity to explore nature first hand. The garden was funded through an urban and community forestry grant from the Mississippi Forestry Commission and donations from Keep Pearl Beautiful and the Rankin County Master Gardeners."

Photo and Article Credit: Darlene Slater

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