4-H gardens event doubles attendance

It’s only the second time “4-H Evening in the Garden” has taken place but this year, attendance doubled at the free Michigan State University 4-H Children’s Gardens event Aug. 14. MSU Extension 4-H staff members, 4-H volunteer leaders and 4-H members interacted with the more than 220 people attending.

Attendees got involved hands-on with learning activities aimed at young people aged 9 to 19. They learned what 4-H has to offer through meeting and talking with current 4-H’ers, viewing demonstrations and learning about various 4-H project areas.

Participants got an opportunity to explore the 4-H Children’s Gardens and even sample MSU Dairy Store ice cream.

Michigan 4-H Foundation provided funding for the event.

Small theme gardens and theme areas such as the ABC KinderGarden, the Teddy Bear and Animals Garden, and the Storybook Garden make up the 4-H Children’s Gardens. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the many gardens including the Edible Flowers Garden, the Five Senses Garden and the PB&J Garden. Visitors can take time to touch and smell the flowers and just enjoy being outdoors. There’s also plenty to discover in the indoor gardens as well. It’s a great place to take the children or grandchildren, or just enjoy the gardens alone for a peaceful break.

The gardens are located on campus just south of the Plant and Soil Sciences Building, which is on the corner of Wilson and Bogue. Visit the gardens’ website at http://4hgarden.cowplex.com/Information/Plan_Your_Visit/ for hours of operation and parking information.

Read more about the 4-H Evening in the Garden event here.

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