Gardening at It’s Best

Picking strawberries in the Eagles' Wing Peace Garden.

The Artist Claude Monet once said, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” I think that every time I walk through the Eagle’s Wing Children’s Peace Garden. Under the gentle guidance of teachers Mao Thao and Asenna Kitina, our children have already had many learning experiences in the garden. Each of our 5 toddler, preschool and school-age classrooms have a day of the week that they weed and water the Peace Garden. We have a rain barrel to collect rainwater, which we’ve had an abundance of this season! Our toddlers, though, use clean water as they have a tendency to water each other!

We have several stumps and trellises that our children love to sit on, in, and under to experience the peace that a garden can bring. Children pick flowers for the classrooms. Snack and lunch tables that are set with flowers can add a lovely element of nature to our busy meals. Often when children are picking flowers, they are also collecting stones and pebbles – (which teachers often return so we still have paths to walk on throughout the garden). Our school-agers have made beautiful sun catchers with flower blossoms.

This year children have made the following tasty snacks with produce from our Peace Garden:

  • Yogurt salad with cucumbers
  • Tomato, basil and lettuce salad
  • Ice cream flavored with mint and stevia from the garden
  • Rhubarb cake
  • Zucchini bread
  • Zucchini french fries
  • Kale chips
  • Basil pesto on pita bread

All were an amazing hit. We are looking forward to drying garlic for bread and harvesting ground cherries. In August, our Eagle’s Wing families will be invited to our annual harvest party. Teachers and children are busy coming up with recipes using garden veggies for special classroom contributions to this outdoor potluck.