About this blog


Green Chimneys Horticulture Teacher  Michelle Furrer Marquez in the greenhouse.

As a Horticulture teacher at a special education school, I’m amazed by the “organic” teachable moments that grace our class times daily.  The garden is my constant teacher, and I am always seeking out ways to help my students uncover the connection between what goes on in the garden and what goes on in everyday life.

Our garden offers a host of opportunities to not only help children “get their hands dirty” and develop vocational experience, it’s a chance to reconnect with the natural world.  Through gardening , students build soft skills  such as teamwork, leadership, caring for living things, environmental awareness, and ultimately- kids grow.

Fellow teachers, gardeners, horticultural therapists, parents and friends: Join us in the Green Chimneys Children’s Garden by way of this blog, and discover right along with us the magical moments that happen here, right in front of our eyes!


5 Responses to About this blog

  1. Nickie Brook says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I like what you are doing here and your set up 🙂

  2. garden98110 says:

    Dear Ms. Furrer-Marquez. We follow with interest your new efforts at Green Chimneys Garden. This is a promising and important complement to the traditional school curriculum. In recognition of your efforts, we have nominated your good work for a Liebster Award. More information can be found here http://garden98110.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/sedum-autumn-joy/#comments. Enjoy the garden! – The Healing Garden gardener

  3. Maddie says:

    Hi it Maddie Morton it’s done ???😢😓

  4. McArtor says:

    I am so glad you stopped by ourgardenplot.com! The work you do with gardening and children is of interest to me. I work at a special education school and look forward to following your blog.

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