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Holiday Horticulture at the Garden

This month at the St. George Village Botanical Garden participating families at the garden’s monthly Second Saturday workshop learned all about the plants that make the holidays even more special. “Holiday Horticulture” was filled with crafts and tours to investigate and enforce the part plants play in our holiday celebrations. The kids and their parents were also able to make holiday crafts inspired by these various botanicals.

Fern tips make excellent 2-dimensional Christmas trees. Gluing and glittering brings these faux furs to life on cards for loved ones and family. The participants learned about the extensive history of the Christmas tree, from its simple European roots up until its most recent incarnations.

One of the gardens many wonderful volunteers joined us on Saturday to demonstrate a pattern in nature called ‘radial symmetry’ found in many plants including the beautiful poinsettia  Using oval cut sponges and red paints, participants made vibrant poinsettias on white paper plates. The crafts got a little fancier with the use of construction paper petals to create 3-D flowers that pop!!

The workshop concluded with ornament creation. Families used the leaves of the Norfolk Pine and ribbons to create their own evergreen wreath ornaments. The Norfolk Pine, native to the Norfolk Islands of the Pacific, can be seen all over the island of St. Croix and are commonly called Christmas trees by many locals. Some even decorate them for the holiday occasion!

Second Saturday at the St. George Village Botanical Garden strives to provide a fun and creative learning atmosphere for families on island utilizing the plants and history of the botanical garden as one of its greatest resource. These workshops happen on the second Saturday of every month and range in topic from insects to ancient history to chocolate making. There is always something for everyone and always an opportunity to get outside and help our island youngsters learn and grow. January’s topic is all about seeds – big ones, small ones, edible ones. If you’d like more information on our various educational events don’t hesitate to call [340.692.2874], email [sgvbg.edu@gmail.com], or stop in! Hope you can join us at a Second Saturday workshop someday!

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