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Victorian Schools Garden Program

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show presented by Scotts Osmocote in partnership with Victorian Schools Garden Program, are delighted to welcome school aged children and their teachers to enjoy a free suite of gardening activities to encourage the use of outdoor spaces at schools, and educate and inspire the next generation of green thumbs.

The Schools Program, running from Wednesday – Friday, will deliver a range of activities, all designed to promote a true connection and understanding of the natural environment.

The Schools Program is open to all Victorian schools and International students. You can register for free and attend the Show across one of the three free student days. Schools are provided with complimentary parking for buses to make attendance as convenient as possible.

 

ACTIVITIES ON OFFER:

  • Bee Inspired at the Observation Bee Hive
    • This area provides a fun and engaging learning space for all ages. Populated with interactive activities and displays celebrating the wonderful world of pollinating, pollinators, and garden pests.
  • The Kids Discovery Patch brought to you by the Victorian Schools Garden Program, offers hands on activities to inspire children to explore the world of pollinators and their role in the garden and the health of our planet. Children will get to:
    • Take a close-up look at an observation beehive
    • Discover the plants that pollinators can’t resist
    • Get their hands dirty potting a plant
    • Take part in a pollinator scavenger.
  • As well as learning about pollinators, Urban Plant Health Network will be on hand to teach little ones all about the good, the bad, and the bug-ly when it comes to other garden insects.
  • The Beyond Blue Charity Garden will offer an exciting program of interactive activities across the weekend including:
    • 9.30am – 10am – Morning Indigenous Grounding in Connection Yoga session presented by Wayapa Wuurrk.
    • 11.30am – 12pm – Interactive Children’s Wayapa Indigenous Earth Connection Wellness session presented by Wayapa Wuurrk.
    • 1pm – 1.30pm (1pm – 3pm Sat & Sun)  – Interactive Indigenous Children’s Plant A Seed / Bushfood session presented by Ceres.
    • Family drawing, colouring, writing marquee where kids can create works to contribute to the Butterfly Tree Wall.
    • Giant Snakes and Ladders, Jenga and football target games.
    • Giant beanbags inside the ‘chillout zone’.
    • Families can capture the day’s memories at the Beyond Blue photobooth.
    • Every child who visits the Charity Garden will receive a special goodie bag to take home.
    • A Beyond Blue Van will be on site for attendees to chat in private if they would like to discuss the mental health and wellbeing of themselves or someone their concerned about.
    • Fun mental health and wellbeing-based activity sheets.
  • Head over to designer Matt York’s ‘Sensory Show Garden’ titled ‘Through a Lens’.
    • Through the lens is a fully accessible garden that celebrates the heightened sensory perception many children and their carers experience each day living with ASD. We will create an inclusive garden to be immersed in, to learn, to re-set, and to develop a dialogue of opportunity for future inclusive spaces. It is a garden for everyone that celebrates neurodiversity. Immerse yourself in this sensory celebration guaranteed to stimulate seven senses (can you guess what they are?). Learn how a type of plant attracts your sight, touch and taste your way through the garden and close your eyes to get a real sense of smell emanating from the garden.  Kids can try their hand at the sensory playscape stimulating vestibular and proprioception senses.
  • Chrysco will be making flower crowns for children at their site in the gardens.
    • Children and their families are invited to create their own colourful paper flower posey, a playful flower dome and to help decorate our collaborative giant flowers which will be planted and on display throughout the duration of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show to show support for the My Room Children’s Cancer Charity who support patients and families with Childhood Cancer.
  • Mini Monet’s will be enthralled by daily clay modelling and wood carving demonstrations at the Arts & Sculpture precinct.
  • The Diggers Club will host complimentary cooking demonstrations, tastings and gardening talks will be available as part of their daily-changing education program.
  • Sustainability Space will teach kids about healthy waste habits and creative ways of reusing and recycling materials around the home and in the backyard.
  • Aspiring landscapers can check out the Achievable Gardens designed by horticultural and design students.
  • Teachers from some of Victoria’s leading universities and TAFE’s will offer free information to prospective students on a wide range of horticultural courses at the Horticulture Careers Hub.
    • The Australian Garden Council offers to showcase the breadth of different career paths and opportunities that exist in the gardening and horticulture industry – no two paths are the same. Through larger-than-life career mind-maps and take-home inspiration, as well as real people to talk to who work in industry, we hope a visit to the stand will plant a seed for young future gardeners and horticulturists alike.

 

If you would like more information sent to your school please complete this enquires form others register your schools attendance by completing the schools registration form below. Please note we have a capped number of attendees for the schools program so we encourage you to register at your earliest convenience.

 

 

THE 2022 VICTORIAN SCHOOLS GARDEN PROGRAM IS NOW FULL.

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