Plant a seed, grow a gardener

The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins, Colo., has a delightful Children’s Garden that made me wish I were a kid again.

childrens-garden-spg-crk-blogOn my way home from CSU after the short course a few Fridays ago, I took a little detour to The Gardens on Spring Creek and I’m so glad I did.

I learned about The Gardens earlier this summer because it’s a Plant Select demonstration site. The Gardens is a community botanic garden on 18 acres along the Spring Creek corridor and is a public and private partnership. The Gardens are located at 2145 Centre Ave.

It was late in the afternoon, so I didn’t get a chance see everything I would’ve liked to see, but I did get to spend some time in the Children’s Garden.

What a fabulous place for kids to explore! I was welcomed into the garden by an oversized watering can that made me feel small again. Right inside the entrance is a water feature that lets kids use an old-fashioned pump to fill up a water trough to learn how a river flows.

The garden also includes a bird and butterfly garden, a secret garden with places to hide, and plants to admire, sniff and touch. Garden markers in the form of oversized sunflowers display the garden map, brochures and plant information.

I followed the path to the Friendship Growing Garden and walked under the archway made of stick figures with ceramic pots for their heads.

The Friendship Garden is a fruit and veggie garden designed to help kids understand how we grow our food. Dancing scarecrows watch over all the activity.

My favorite part of the garden was the playhouse. I couldn’t resist stepping in and stepping back in time.

As I walked out of the playhouse, one little boy looked up at me and with a big smile said, “We’re playing in the mud!”

I had to stop myself from joining in the fun.


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I’ve come up with what I have named the “GROW A GARDENER” movement before I found your site.

I hope you don’t mind if I use the name.

I’m trying to inspire gardening by giving away plant sprouts to anyone in cooperation with my local library.


Matt West

Thanks for dropping by, Matt. I’m glad to hear about your efforts to Grow a Gardener–that’s what this gardening community is all about. Good Luck with your plant giveaway–please let us know how it goes!

This is the link to GROW A GARDENER on Facebook page.

We have given out nearly 400 plants to the general public through my local library, food bank, and recycling center.


Matt West

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