Gifts from the garden at Del Mar Heights Elementary

Jeffery Guo , Danny Dao

Picture 3 of 9

The children and the Garden Club at Del Mar Heights Elementary School are making holiday gifts this season. They are using lavender grown in the garden with orange and peppermint essential oils to make a sugar scrub, which will be packaged in decorated containers with incredible student-drawn artwork.

They are also decorating bags and filling them with bulbs of daffodils, tulips, and amaryllis. These truly are garden gifts from the heart.

The vision of the Del Mar Heights Elementary School Garden Club came about when a few moms got together and decided they wanted to encourage the children “to get their hands in the dirt, teach them to plant seeds, tend to the garden and encourage their families to join in on the fun while spending quality time together.” This vision has grown each week and children of all ages are playing and working together.

There is always a table of fruit and vegetable available for the children as an after- school snack. These snacks entice other children who are not part of the club to come over and learn about garden club activities. Some of the foods that have been served are pomelo, pomegranate, guavas, passion fruit, and banana chia seed muffins made from bananas grown in the school garden.  The students and parents are delighted to try these exotic foods.

The Garden Club does monthly and seasonal projects in addition to regular tending to the gardens. The garden has prolific fruit trees and vines that were planted by Betsy Schulz when she designed the garden. This year the club members have made scarecrows, natural fermented passion fruit soda, and homemade sugar scrub, and the kindergarten and first grade learned to make muffins from the garden’s bananas.

The Del Mar Heights Garden Club has many more projects planned for 2013. These include teaching nutrition in an outdoor environment, and creating garden-related crafts.  Tending to the gardens has been tremendously fun for everyone and adds a new dimension to the learning process.  Photos/Jon Clark

Related posts:

  1. First day of school at Del Mar Heights Elementary
  2. Students step it up on Walk to School Day at Del Mar Heights Elementary
  3. New Garden Club for Torrey Hills/Carmel Valley area to hold meeting Oct. 18
  4. Succulent gardens planted at Heights
  5. Del Mar Heights student art exhibit to be held at Del Mar Art Center Gallery

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=43758

Posted by Staff on Dec 20, 2012. Filed under Life, North Coast Life, Social Photo Galleries. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • Let’s Review: ‘Ether Dome’ takes the lid off story of anesthesia at La Jolla Playhouse
    The traumatic experience behind performing amputations, tumor removals and vasectomies without anesthesia is immediately intriguing when Playhouse patrons view the incredible set design by James Youmans, representing the real ether dome at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1886. Below a well-lit dome, images of these crude medical procedures are projected on […]
  • Stone fruits are in now season!
    Sadly, summer’s stone fruit growing season is way too short, but oh so sweet! Did you know: • Plum trees are grown in every continent except Antarctica. • The peach has a poisonous pit containing hydrocyanic acid. • On average, there are 44 cherries to the pound. […]
  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 24
    La Jolla Music Society’s nationally recognized chamber music festival, SummerFest, kicks off 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 with its annual, free Concert Under the Stars at Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove. […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS