Growing little gardeners
Tulsa Garden Center’s Little Green Thumbs program gives children ages 6-12 a hands-on, in-depth introduction to gardening.
Kids love to dig in the dirt.
The Tulsa Garden Center’s Little Green Thumbs program, which meets in June and July at the Linneaus Teaching Garden, does just that — it gives 25 children ages 6-12 a hands-on, in-depth introduction to gardening. Four sessions are from 10 a.m.-noon.
The sessions focus on environmental education, health and wellness, says Laura Chalus, executive director at the Tulsa Garden Center. “It’s a very intensive experience, so we keep the numbers small to give all the children an important role.”
Projects vary each year depending on trends and topics of interest in gardening and environmental education, Chalus says. Past summer projects related to the Monarch Waystation program and pollinator-
Planning for each year’s sessions begins a year in advance. One of this summer’s activities is for each child to make a journal for drawing and recording details from each class, complete with photos that the kids take.
This past year, the group planted tomatoes and sunflowers, and produced enough green beans for each child to pick and take home one or two bean plants. “The children were so proud,” Chalus says.
2019 Little Green Thumbs
June 11: Preparing our Soil and Planting our Seeds
June 25: Tending our Garden
July 9: Monsters Inc.
July 23: Harvest and Garden Party
Four sessions, $40 per child; one session, $10, garden members; $12, non-members. Sessions are held at Linneaus Teaching Garden, behind Tulsa Garden Center. Pre-registration is required.