Coming full circle…

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SUNGOLD (Golden Yellow Double) Sunflower

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a year (since July 2012), when I began teaching horticulture at Green Chimneys. Starting in the heat of summer, reclaiming an awesome garden with the help of new colleagues, volunteers and lots of great students. Moving into autumn, classes falling into routine, getting to know one another. Easing into winter, setting the garden to slumber and building relationships in the greenhouse over tea made from our own herbs. Emerging into spring, germinating, planning, planting, hoping. Breaking into summer, laughing, harvesting, sweating, joyful. And finally, full circle, air chilling, days shortening, children returning. Our work from the previous year a tangible sign that we have been successful, together.

This past year has been one of the most amazing years in my professional career, so much so that the idea for this blog was born. Almost every day I observe happenings (whether student or nature derived), that make me stop and reflect. There is so much going on here; children simply marveling at nature  (flowers, wildlife,  seeing the seeds they germinated produce fruit, the taste of a freshly picked tomato), children, staff and visitors fondly recalling past experiences with gardening (a grandparent, a place, a certain summer), students making connections (between life concepts or environmental concepts), a love of gardening and the natural world being awoken and nurtured, students finding a non-judging place to work, learn and be.  I am hoping that this blog will share a bit of the beauty that shines in our garden and greenhouse daily. Check in with us via this blog and witness how we grow…

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About Green Chimneys Garden

Green Chimneys was founded on the belief that children will benefit from their interaction with nature and animals. Horticulture comes to life in our educational school gardens, allowing Green Chimneys students to heal, learn, and grow. Learn more about about our nature-based approach to special education by visiting www.greenchimneys.org
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