An Inspirational Experience

Youth Program Workshops

The Pinkerton FamilyYouth Program

Our Green Thumb Explorers program is currently on hold while we devolop the next phase of our growth. Feel free to peruse last year's offerings, and check back often as exciting things for 2018 are announced!

2017 Workshops

February 18th Nature and Art                                       
Lakewold welcomes Tacoma artist and garden enthusiast Melissa Balch, who will inspire Explorers by helping them look beyond the page (or screen) when creating a piece of art. Children will experiment with mixed media, print images and pressed flowers to create their own unique works of art.

March 18th Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue & Planning the Children’s Garden
Learn about the feathered creatures inhabiting our neighborhoods and forests, and the good work by Raindancer, a non-profit organization in Olympia. Using prepared flats, Explorers will learn how to plant seeds using techniques that will be used when they start crops next month in the Children’s Garden.

April 22nd Beekeeping and Diggin’ in the Dirt                  
Explorers will be treated to a fun program on bees and their vital role in our gardens. Then it’s off to the Children’s Garden where they will plant cool-weather crops and learn about the exotic mollusks that inhabit gardens throughout our region.

May 20th Fairy Fest Event and Children’s Garden 
Explorers and their families are invited to this magical event which will inspire, entertain and enlighten young and old alike!  Back by popular demand, fairy houses will adorn the gardens and participants are invited to don wings and wands, costumes and clothes appropriate for the fairy affair!

June 17th The Tacoma Nature Center and Children’s Garden
Members of TNC will present Washington Wildlife, exploring the diversity of common wildlife species found in our state.  How do they survive amid rapid population growth, expanded highway systems and urgent environmental concerns?  Explorers will also be planting seeds of warm-weather crops and harvesting fresh spring greens.

July 15th Native Plants of the Pacific NW
Vancouver, WA native plant expert and artist, Heidi Hansen, joins us in exploring Lakewold Gardens, discovering and ID’ing the numerous native plants that grow among the Rhododendrons, perennials and State Champion trees throughout our 10 acres.  Explorers will learn how and why natives thrive in our deep, damp forests when so many other plants fail – knowledge that will help them when planting their own future gardens!

August 19th Growing Good-For-You Greens
Just how nutritious are those veggies we’re growing?  After an important lesson that reminds us what’s good in our greens, we’ll spend time in the Children’s Garden harvesting more crops.

September 16th Community Kids Day

October 21th Autumn Harvest & What Winter Brings
It’s time to put the Children’s Garden to rest for the season, but only after harvesting the crops and cleaning up the beds. We’ll also plant a cover crop to add nutrients for next year’s garden. Explorers will assess the success rate of crops, what worked and what we’ll do different next spring.

November 11th Peculiar Plants: Medicinals, Potions & Pretty Poisons
Plants are more than just pretty or nutritious, they are used in a wide variety of medications, herbal remedies and, of course, tea. Certain plants, however, are poisonous and should be avoided at all costs, not to mention stinging nettles found along numerous hiking trails – more a nuisance but also avoided!


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Lakewold Gardens
12317 Gravelly Lk Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Fax 253.584.3021
Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 39780
Lakewood, WA 98496