What Color is Your Summer?
A visit to The New York Botanical Garden
Saturday, August 9, 2003, Chinese Garden: The Cheung family takes you on a special guided tour of their garden. See bitter melon, tomatoes, and Chinese celery. Learn to garden organically with non-traditional fertilizers. Make a Chinese lantern and learn how to create a paper dragon.
Saturday, August 16, 2003, Caribbean Garden: Have fun stirring up fresh salsa with ingredients from the garden. Make a little flower bouquet to take home.
Saturday, August 23, 2003, Korean Garden: Tour the Korean Garden with the Korean gardeners who share their culture and special crops. Learn how kimchee is made through a cooking demonstration. Make beautiful paper flowers and paint nature scenes.
Flower Power in the Children’s Adventure Garden—Now through September 14, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
As children enter the garden they encounter brightly colored, jumbo flower models that explain how flowers are adapted to attract their pollinators. Bees prefer flowers that are fragrant and sweet and contain blue, purple, UV and yellow pigments. Flowers with colors including bright orange, pink, and red attract butterflies. In the Bendheim Herbarium children craft flowers for pollinators like bats, moths, beetles, and bees and play a pollinator puppet matching game that pair up pollinators to their favorite flower.
The Wonders of Water Lilies—Every weekend in August
Flower Power takes a cool dip, as we look closer at one of the most fascinating and inspiring flowers: the water lily. Find out how a water lily floats and do your own sink and float experiments. Try your hand at “watercolor water lilies” and see how water lilies inspired some of the most treasured paintings.
Budding Botanists in the Adventure Garden—Tuesday through Friday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. For children ages 2-5
Budding Botanists explore nature through the ABC’s, a program for early literacy through the study of nature. Children discover each letter with stories and hands-on activities like planting, pasting, stamping, and coloring:
Camp groups are welcome to explore the Garden. Flower Power in the Adventure Garden: Children plant, weed, water, compost with red wiggler worms, and help create a lush summer garden full of flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Each child pots up a plant to take home. Guided Walks: Children look, smell, and listen as they explore the natural wonders of the Garden grounds. In the Conservatory, children see a South American Healer’s House, explore insect-eating plants, and discover how plants adapt to different climates. Children are amazed at the Agave americana, or century plant. Self-led Tours of the Garden Grounds: In these themed tours, young detectives explore the Garden grounds, solve the mystery of the missing nectar, and discover the wonders of a 50-acre Forest. Children investigate the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory using the “Adventures for Plant Hunters” guide or search the Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail for aquatic plants, birds, and frogs to play “Wetland Bingo.”
Every day the Garden offers something new for children to investigate. Kids and their families experience a world of plants, explore nature, and discover the thrill of science. #
For more information call (718) 817-8700 or visit www.nybg.org