Here are some meaningful plant selections to incorporate into your peace garden:
Rhododendron - in Russia, the blossoms signify peace, health, and purity
Mistletoe - in Scandinavia, associated with Frigga, the goddess of love
White pine tree - for the Native American Haudenosaunee, or Six Nations Peoples, the five needles joined together indicate unity
Peace Rose - a rose variety introduced in 1945 to commemorate the end of World War II
Sunflowers - a symbol of freedom from the threat of nuclear weapons during the 1990s. Sunflowers are warm and welcoming; grow in friendly crowds; and produce nutritious seeds for people and wildlife.
Cosmos - named after the Greek word for well-ordered universe; symbolizes peace and order
Education in the garden is a great way to teach kids to live responsibly and peacefully.This philosophy, from the creator of Playschool Child Care, Inc., Carol Acosta, is what continues to guide the program more than 25 years later.
Ann English for NGA with Cynthia Domenghini, NGA Staff
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How to Design a Rain Garden
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Instructions for how to install a rain garden and use it to promote environmental stewardship.
Rain Garden at Coolidge High School, Washington DCSchool gardens have a long and successful history with a variety of purposes. Ninety six percent of the 2010-2011 National Gardening Assoc
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rainbarrelEarth Day is in April which also happens to be National Garden Month®, making this a great time to jump into the garden with kids. Many garden activities are fun and help kids better appreciate ecological concepts and environmental responsibility.
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In general, there will be attempts by other organisms to colonize the greenhouse paradise you have created. After all, if you were a whitefly or an aphid, wouldn't you rather spend the winter in a warm, moist, verdant spot than in a hard egg under a frozen log? When dealing with pest problems, take heart in the fact that plants often survive pest and disease attacks and that such events can lend another dimension to your students' investigations.
You and your students will want to start some seeds in their permanent containers or beds, if you are raising crops that do not transplant well (such as beans, peas, cucumbers, melons, squash, carrots, beets, and radishes) or if transplanting them later on isn't an option. You may choose to sow other seeds in temporary containers, and later transplant them to larger containers or greenhouse beds.
Spring -- the time when the thoughts of classroom gardeners turn to starting an abundance of seedlings for gardens, gifts, and sales. Why not turn your need for growing containers into a springboard for challenging students' imaginations and reinforcing lessons on waste reduction and recycling?