Beanstalk Children's Garden at the Kansas City Community Gardens, 2007
Westport Garden Club
1 folder + 10 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Missouri, Kansas City
Beanstalk Children's Garden at the Kansas City Community Gardens (Kansas City, Missouri)
The Beanstalk Children's Garden provides a unique and stimulating learning opportunity for children to learn about plants, gardens, food production, nutrition, and ecology in a "hands-on" setting. About 15,000 square feet in size, it is comprised of several theme gardens, including a vegetable garden, fruit garden, herb garden, grain and seed garden, water garden, and a curiosity garden with unusual and interesting plants from around the world. Children use their senses as part of the learning process as they explore food production from plants, the role of plants in our diet, how plants grow, and how plants are used to make medicines, cloth, flavorings, dyes, and other products. The garden's paving stone raised beds provide a superior plant growth environment and make the plants more visually accessible, while paved walkways allow wheelchair accessibility. The garden also has a unique arbor and entry gate, a gazebo, and a fountain, and there are plans to build a shelter house that will function as an outdoor classroom and lunch area. All plants have individual information signs that include the botanical name, common name, plant family, geographical origin, and miscellaneous information about usage and food value, plant culture, and history.
Persons associated with the garden include Ben Sharda (garden designer and educator, 2004 to date); John Williams (builder and gardenener, 2004 to date); and Mary Roduner (gardener and educator, 2005 to date).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, copies of articles about the garden, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Cathy Gripka, "Children's Garden," The Kansas City Star, April 12, 2007
Garden has been featured in Marty Ross, "Raising Gardeners," The Kansas City Star, July 30, 2007, pp. D1 and D8