Cool diagram explaining pollination to kids from our friends in Cornwall at the Eden Project! If you’ve never been to the Eden Project, you’re really missing out. I was there years ago while it was still under construction and it was impressive even then. I have to figure out a way to get back there …. Cornwall has one of the most fascinating climates I have ever experienced due to the Gulf Stream that flows past its west coast. It is a garden lover’s wonderland. ~AR
This interview from Time for Kids with the maker of a new documentary about flowers and pollinators called Wings of Life is awesome. Louie Schwartzberg is obviously a man who loves his subject, his medium, and the audience he is speaking to.
What I think struck me most is his belief that if you love flowers you will do things to help flowers. If you understand what a flower means to you, you will make better choices that will help both the flowers and you. That’s a powerful lesson to teach kids, and I sincerely hope that his new film helps do that. Oh, and it sure doesn’t hurt that the movie is chock-full of time lapse video and narrated by Meryl Streep to boot. ~AR
New York City blogger Glamamom came to the Holiday Train Show with her family recently. Not only did she take beautiful photographs of the show and family, but she also put together a fabulous list of “must know’ Train Show tips. I cannot tell a lie: The Train Show can get crowded, and with all the little kids geeking out over the “steamies and diesels” it can be a little overwhelming. But with a hint of planning and a dash of patience, it’s a magical, wildly rewarding experience. How do I know? Because I have undertaken the journey as a civilian with my own nephews. Thank you Glamamom for visiting and for crafting such a pretty post! ~AR
So you’re scrounging for ideas on what to do with your kids now that the weather’s cooling off, and, as happens any time someone asks you to list anything on the spot, your brain is drawing a sizable blank. Thankfully, Time Out Kids was kind enough to put together a collection of activities that point that inexhaustible cannon of youthful energy in the right direction.
We’re proud to be on the list with The Edible Garden Festival, coming this September 23. So if you’ve ever wanted to introduce your kids to the finer (and healthier) side of the culinary experience, think about picking up a ticket; whether you’re sitting down for dinner with Mario Batali himself, or just jumping in on the activities in his Kitchen Gardens, it’s bound to be a lot of fun. —MN
I saw the real Monet painting in NYC and one of my 6th grade students was re-creating the same painting on her Pizza Box as part of our After School Art lesson! Check out her Monet-inspired pizza inside!!
— Sharon, the blogger behind the beautiful NYC Taught Me on her recent trip to the Garden. We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit Sharon! And yes, please come back for the Train Show, you’ll love it. Click through for the photos. They’re wonderful!
The New York Botanical Garden’s fearless Horticulture staff maintain the Children’s Garden planting schedule despite giant butterfly attack!
The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden is an amazing resource for city kids. There’s a pond full of frogs and turtles, there are laboratories, a mini-greenhouse, mazes, waterfalls, and apparently nests and nests full of baby robins.
Photos by Sarah A Paulson, Coordinator of Teen Programs