This past weekend, ThorpeWood supported the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library during their inaugural plant sale. As parents shopped for and admired the many plants donated to the sale, children headed across the street to a private little spot beneath the trees in the memorial garden.
Here, we were running a children’s nature program learning about potting, propagating, and caring for mint plants. We had a large bucket of compost from the farm’s manure pile as part of this educational activity. What fun we had telling the kids that the soil they had their hands in came from our horse manure! As always, our goal was primarily to get everyone’s hands dirty – we consider it so important for kids to experience the natural world in a hands-on way!
We also took advantage of the library setting by reading the kids some of our favorite plant-themed books – and encouraging them to check them out of the library after the program’s end. Rooting For You by Susan Hood was the clear favorite. See the rest of our plant-themed reading list below. Despite the rain (and hail!), the kids all were delighted to take home their new mint plant at the end of the program.
Plant-Themed Reading List
If you Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon
The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Rooting for You by Susan Hood