Magazine article Curriculum Review

Teaching Gardens Add New Life to Old Books

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Teaching Gardens Add New Life to Old Books

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The Teaching Gardens of Saint Michael's College (VT) have something for everyone--botanists, biologists, aspiring agricultural professionals and yes, even elementary readers. The Books in Bloom Garden, a special section of the multi-faceted campus garden grounds, "was created to enrich the literary experience of reading children's books in which plants play an integral role," according to the garden's website.

In favorite children's titles like Chrysanthemum, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Winnie the Pooh and more, the plants and flowers add to the stories' rich texture. The Books in Bloom Garden staff believes that when children can learn about the agriculture, visualize the flowers, even smell their scents, the young readers are given another interactive way to connect with the texts and see the written adventures come to life off the page.

When you visit the Books in Bloom Garden, you have the opportunity to browse the Durick Library's children's collection, create a literature-inspired scavenger hunt, conduct a cozy reading circle among the foliage, make artistic prints of leaves and flowers, learn about the different plants and more. …

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