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Area children digging down in dirt to learn about gardening
Gardens on Green hosts story time, activity for kids this summer
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Linda Martin tells the story “Tulips” by Jay O’Callahan to children and parents Monday morning at Gardens on Green. The pupils also learned about gardening during their visit.

Story Time at Gardens on Green
When: 10 a.m. Mondays in June and July
Where: Gardens on Green, next to the Hall County School System Central Office, 711 Green Street, Gainesville
For more information: www.hallco.org/summerlearning

After being rained out two weeks in a row, children finally got the opportunity to enjoy a morning in the Gardens on Green in Gainesville.

A group of small children gathered around Sugar Hill Elementary School librarian Linda Martin as she recited a story called “Tulips” by Jay O’Callahan on a cloudy Monday morning. After the story, the children were privy to a lesson in bulbs.

Story Time at Gardens on Green and the subsequent activity focused on plants occur at 10 a.m. every Monday through the end of July for children. The program is a part of the Hall County Summer Reading Program and is sponsored by the Hall County Master Gardeners, Hall County Schools Media Specialists and the children’s staff of the Hall County Library System. The summer reading program provides children with an opportunity to keep reading and learning during the summer months.

The free event is geared to rising kindergarten through second-grade students but siblings are always welcome to attend.

Gardens on Green co-chairwoman Kathy Lovett said the idea is to encourage young children to get excited about the “magic of plants” and help them connect the story to the plants in the garden.

Lovett explained to the children seeds come in all shapes and sizes and bulbs are just one variety. Later, the children were provided with trowels to dig up some of the daffodil bulbs in the garden and replant them. Lovett explained to the children “bulbs are like lunchboxes” because they keep the food seeds need safe and cool until they are ready to grow.

Makayla Simmons, 7, was surprised to discover what a bulb actually looked like when she finally managed to find it after digging in the dirt.

“It looks like an onion,” Makayla said with a giggle as she held the bulb up for the other children to see.

After replanting the bulbs, the children dug up a few radishes and carrots from the edible garden. The children were asked to help with a little weeding and found a few six-legged friends in the dirt.

But not all of the children were new to the experience.

“I’m a good weeder, because I live on a farm,” Brian Gravitt, 5, said. “I have apple trees that have ladybugs, too.”

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