Beaver Brook creates children’s garden, offers classes
HOLLIS – Beaver Brook Nature Center has created a children’s garden this summer at Maple Hill Farm in Hollis. It can be found adjacent to the compost court and the 12 theme gardens at 117 Ridge Road.
The children’s garden, created by teachers Edith Couchman and Ginnie Hoffman, offers a variety of plants that provide a sensory experience for children. There are fragrant roses and lavender, tasty fennel, snap peas and basil, colorful sunflowers and bee balm, and fuzzy lambs ears.
There also is a section called the Three Sisters Garden with mounds of corn, beans and pumpkins styled after Native American gardens.
Students in the Beaver Brook summer programs will be tending the garden and learning about how plants grow and where food comes from. Some of the classes focusing on this are Farmyard Fun and Buds to Berries, but all classes will have an opportunity to work in the garden.
To sign up for a Beaver Brook children’s class, visit beaverbrook.org for descriptions and registration.
Beaver Brook is also offering a camp from 3-6 p.m. at Maple Hill Farm with unplugged play, scavenger hunts, gardening and lawn games.
Adult classes involving the gardens include evening herb classes beginning Thursday, July 23, with Herbalism – The Basics.
On Thursday, Aug 6, Mother Nature’s First Aid Kit will be offered at Maple Hill Farm, followed by Keep Calm and Carry Herbs on Thursday, Aug 20, and Energizing Caffeine Free Herbal alternatives on Thursday, Aug 27.
A series of probiotic fermentation classes will begin Thursday, Aug 13, with Simple Homemade Sodas, then there will be workshops on making kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles and more. All of these foods are excellent for maintaining or restoring a healthy gut.
For details and registration, visit beaverbrook.org/ calendar.
The Maple Hill Gardens and the 30 miles of trails at Beaver Brook are open free to the public year-round.