The big picture

“It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.”

It’s all about the big picture. While cultivating the children’s garden today, we are also thinking about and planning for tomorrow. Weeding, trellising, pruning suckering; those tasks are everywhere a gardener looks during the growing season. There’s no use denying it! My students will help with all of those things for a small portion of their class time and will begin to spend more time prepping us for the winter months by doings things like;

  • harvesting herbs that will be used to make tea and potpourri
  • collecting seeds for seed-saving
  • drying flowers for cards or other craft projects
  • growing gourds to dry and make something interesting out of at a later date (Remember the fun we had with lufas?)

By splitting activities with students between day-to-day tending, winter prep chores and simple summer fun, our garden bears wonderful fruits. It seems to work the same way for many of our students who are facing challenges within themselves every day. Small steps are taken daily that make today a little better than yesterday. Every small step that a child makes in learning about themselves and how to best work through their issues benefits them in the months and years to come.

This garden of ours sure does give us a lot of food for thought.



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
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  1. Thanks for taking the time to read and your support!

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