Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Botanical Garden trains young planters

From seeds to vegetables

Express Staff Writer

The five-acre Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum is greening up and will soon host a three-month series of Children's Summer Garden Camps supervised by educators who are CPR/First Aid certified.

Busy parents can also take advantage of partnership with Blaine County Recreation District to provide afternoon care for kids following each camps class.

Each Sawtooth Botanical Garden camp session consists of six classes. Kids ages 4-10 can be signed up for single classes, single sessions or for the entire summer.

l The June class "It's Time to Get Growing" engages children in the practice of planting a garden. Young planters will gain a basic understanding of what is needed to get a garden started and to keep it growing.

Sessions will focus on planting, germination, and feeding the plants so they grow and produce food. Classes are June 12-28, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon.

l July's "Flowers and Pollinators" class teaches young gardeners from flowering plants just where vegetables come from.

Children learn about the structure of a flower, how flowers attract pollinators, and why pollination is essential when it comes to growing food. Class schedule is July 10-26, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-12.

l The August class " Edible Explorers" combines an exploration of different vegetables and herbs with lessons on why vegetables are important when it comes to our health. Children will also learn how to prepare delicious vegetable dishes and how to save seeds from their own vegetables for next year's crop.

Class schedule is Aug. 7-23, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-12.

Last day to register for June session is May 31. Single classes cost $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Each session (6 monthly classes) costs $125 members, $175 non-members. Call for confidential scholarship opportunities. To register call 726-9358 or email

For information on BCRD child care option call Dave Keir at 788-2117. Tell him you are attending Garden Camp.

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