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Gardening with Greenhouses

by An interview with Jennifer Petersen by Rusty Keeler
May/June 2010
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Yeah â€" Springtime! For many of us, after our long winter wait, birds are chirping, the days are getting longer, and the plant world is growing, greening, and reaching to the sun. We all respond to nature’s multi-sensory symphony and it feel goods to be part of the seasons of the year and the cycle of life. As we know, centers and schools all over have recognized the importance of connecting children to nature and are creating natural playscapes, keeping pet chickens, and planting gardens. If you’ve ever gardened with children you have experienced their curiosity, wonder, and surprising dedication to the plants in their care. But the green doesn’t have to only happen certain times of the year. You don’t have to wait for it. Many groups are extending their planting seasons and bringing plants into the curriculum all year long by building my new favorite garden item: a greenhouse!

Greenhouses come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges: from simple hand-built plastic-covered frames to dazzling geodesic domes. Some centers install greenhouses as a part of their outdoor garden space. Other centers have incorporated a greenhouse into the building itself. Greenhouses provide a great opportunity for children to grow their own ...

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