Kids dig into gardening |

Kids dig into gardening

Three-year-old Mae Vandenburg fills her potato bag with dirt at the Heritage Park Gardens' Kid's gardnering event last weekend.
Sarah Drinkwine |

Kids dug their green thumbs into the Heritage Park Gardens last week during the Kids Gardening event.

They played with worms, learned about Monarch butterflies, planted milkweed, started spring vegetables and made a hoop cover to protect the vegetables.

Heritage Gardens volunteer Vicki Bates said the event was the first gardening event of the season.

“We’re trying to get more children interested in gardening and create more activities for them,” she said. “The children enjoy it, and it’s fun to watch them enjoy it.”

Brooklynn Brown, 6, said she liked making sure the plants had plenty to drink. She said she’s eager to help her mom with their home garden.

Allie Macken, 6, said she learned a lot about gardening, specifically the importance of worms.

“We learned about worms and how they help turn the soil when they wiggle, and that helps the plants grow,” she said. “They also eat all the bad stuff like bugs and stuff that’s not good for the plants.”

Mae Vandenburg, 3, proudly dug her miniature shovel into the dirt to fill a take-home potato bag.

The bags can be taken home to transfer to a bigger garden or kept in the bag. Either way, with proper care the potatoes will grow, said Bates.

“It’s an easy way to teach a child about gardening and how to care for their plants and this way they are able to carry it home,” she said. “They feel so proud doing so, knowing it’s theirs.”

Bates said there are plenty of ways to be involved in the garden.

“We have garden beds available for people who need somewhere to plant and may not have the room at home, who want to learn or simply just for fun,” she said. “We want people to be involved at the garden, to come see what we’re doing, learn about gardening and maybe volunteer some of their time or just come out and have fun.”

Upcoming gardening events:

Earth Day: Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by volunteering at the gardens for an hour. There will be guided labyrinth walks and speakers from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Children’s activities will start at 11 a.m.

Open house: An open house and plant fair is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 20. Starter plants will be available with a donation, and another round of children’s activities will start at 11 a.m.

Monthly workdays: Volunteer to work in the gardens at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month. New volunteers are always welcome.

Bed rentals. Garden beds run $30 for a small plot (4-feet by 5-feet), $50 for a medium (4-feet by 10-feet) or $70 for a large (4-feet by 15-feet), first come, first served. Information, Carol at

The kids’ activities require an adult to stay on the property and reservations are needed at least two days in advance for all activities, so enough material is on hand.

Heritage Park Gardens is a project of Main Street Gardnerville,located at 1461 Ezell St., Gardnerville.

For more information call Vicki Bates at 790-0721 or email