The Children’s Garden has 35 plots, including 6 educational boxes for teaching age-appropriate lessons. Jordan Booker (pictured above) is our youngest gardener. He planted, watered, and carefully tended to his garden, while Grandpa Jimmy assisted. (It was reported that Jordan had the best salad ever that evening.
With a land expansion granted by Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD) and grant monies for fencing and irrigation, the Las Flores Kids Community Garden came to be in 2015. Our new Children’s garden represents a tremendous and exciting opportunity for us to provide children with a classroom that is located outdoors. Children take their own first steps with their families towards being a gardner. The phrase “The children are our future” may seem trite, but our garden will flourish for many years to come because of our future farmers.
In January of 2016, the first part of a Butterfly Habitat was built by 13 children, aged 6-12. The 900 square foot pollinators’ paradise is located at the front of the Children’s Garden, and provides an area to learn about how important bees, butterflies, birds, and insects are to the ecology of our planet. Caterpillar host plants and adult nectar plants are grown in the habitat, with a focus on the Monarch Butterfly and local bees, both of which are in decline here and across the U.S. Many of the plants are native to our area, thus providing a natural wildlife habitat. The second half of the Habitat will be completed in 2018.
If you would like to be on the waiting list for a plot in the Children’s Garden, please go to “Contact Us” to request a space there. Your children or grandchildren will love it!