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.