Children's Education Garden

The Children's Education Garden was created for the education programmes provided by the Garden

Education Garden

The Children's Education Garden was created for the education programmes provided by the Gardens. It is unique as school students helped in its design and construction. Students continue to help in its maintenance, learning as they work.

Harrogate-based sculptor Steve Blaylock was commissioned to create a stunning stainless steel sculpture archway. This shows the life cycle of a dragonfly. Sir David Attenborough unveiled the archway to mark the opening of the new garden. The archway leads to six dipping ponds filled with aquatic life and dragonflies. Want to get your hands on the nets? Then join us on our popular school visits or family learning days. Look out for the nets by the sides of the ponds and have a go at pond dipping on your visit.

The outdoor Mediterranean, Oak and the ‘musical’ Bamboo classrooms are exciting places to explore. They are full of exotic plants and herbs. A workshop room lets children grow their own vegetables and learn about composting. Generous grants have enabled continuing developments including: 

  • a giant spider and other art projects
  • bird feeders
  • bird boxes with cameras

Look out for the fun Chinese Spouting Bowl in the bamboo classroom! Can you make the waters 'spit' and hum?!

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