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Mini-Gardens

Volume 1 Number 8 - October 1993
Dick Mackensie

Stimulated by a display of "mini-gardens" at the Northwest Flower Show in Seattle, Washington, VanDusen Botanical Garden and the Vancouver Board of Parks challenged their "Partners in Education" schools to participate in a unique project to celebrate "Earth Day - 1992". 

School children were invited to show their concern for the planet Earth by planting a mini-garden in a standard "planting flat" (a tray approximately 50cm x 25cm x 8cm).  The tray could be filled with soil, sand, or any other suitable medium.  Students were encouraged to produce a "garden" which demonstrated their concern for the planet Earth.  They were encouraged to use seeds, live plants, twigs, figures, or models to create a garden showing how the Earth should look.  Finally, they were asked to write a story, poem or essay to explain what their garden represented.

Teachers, students and parents strongly supported the idea.  The result was an amazing display of concern and creativity in more than one hundred and fifty gardens produced by students in three schools.  This project demonstrated the children's deep concern for our planet and displayed their awareness of the need for conservation of the Earth's precious and dwindling resources.

Mini-Gardens can be used in a variety of ways and with a wide range of age-groups to focus on a number of environmental concerns and problems - or to demonstrate positive feelings and ideas held by the "gardeners".

Acknowledgments:

1.  Ms. Terri Clarke and Ms. Carol DeFina, Vancouver Park
    Board, Vancouver, B.C.

2.  Northwest Flower Show, Seattle, Washington, USA

Dick Mackensie, Education Co-ordinator, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver B C, V6M 4H1, Canada

Résume

Le Jardin botanique VanDusen, la Commission des parcs de Vancouver (Canada) et les écoles locales ont célèbre le "Jour de la Terre - 1992" par un projet commun.

Les élèves des écoles ont plant‚ un mini-jardin dans une caissette de plantation normale. Ils furent encourages a produire un "jardin" qui d‚montrait leur intérêt pour la planète Terre et a écrire une histoire, un poème ou un essai afin d'expliquer ce que leur jardin représentait.

Le résultat fut un extraordinaire étalage de leurs préoccupations et de leur créativité. Le projet d‚montra l'intérêt profond des enfants envers notre planète et exprima leur prise de conscience du besoin de conservation des ressources naturelles, précieuses et menacées, qu'abritent notre Terre.

Resumen

El Jardín Botánico VanDusen y la Oficina de Parques y Colegios de Vancouver celebraron el "Día de la Tierra 1992" con un proyecto singular.

Los niños de los colegios plantaron en una bandeja un mini- jardín. Se les animé a hacer un "jardín" para que demostraran su amor por el planeta Tierra y a escribir una historia, poema o artículo que explicara lo que representaba su jardín.

El resultado fue una muestra asombrosa de preocupación y creatividad. El proyecto demostré que los niños tienen un profundo interés por nuestro planeta y pusieron de manifiesto su conocimiento sobre la necesidad de conservación de la "preciosa" Tierra y sus mermados recursos.

 
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