April is Kids Garden Month AND National Poetry Month. We’ve received some really fantastic poems as entries into our Dream Big contest, and I cannot resist sharing a few. (The blog header, above, is a Kids Garden Month entry from Ethan, Adelaide and Julia from Chalker Elementary School in Georgia.)
My Dream Garden Poem
Zoey, Arcola Elementary, 2nd grade
If I love gardens
Then I love animals too
I would put animals ,plants ,and tree’s too
And I love gardens forever
I would add things everyday
And I am happy with my gardens!
my dream garden poem
Sameet, Arcola Elementary
the flowers are whispering
the trees are talking
the garden is yawning
the moon is yelling
the animals are understanding
the bushes are shivering
OUR SCHOOL GARDEN
By: Mrs. Morgan’s 1st Grade Class
Plants dance like ants in the sun.
Flowers have powers to tower to the sky.
Soil is loyal and royal, so our plants grow tall.
Rain will drain on the plants and help them sprout.
Care is important to get rid of weeds.
Wind can bend the trees and send love.
Seeds have needs and they look like beads.
Eating kale in the garden with friends is to sail through the waters of life.
MY DREAM GARDEN
By LK, Raven's Wood Outdoor School for Renegades
Lavender and lupine,
sunflowers and mint.
Roses covering an arbor, with chairs underneath
and sweet-smelling sage.
Unicorns play and
around an enchanted fountain,
made out of shining stones.
The garden's perfectly round,
with the fountain in the middle.
with strawberries growing all around.
There are strawberries and fountain water,
It’s safe and comfortable.
There are birds singing and bees buzzing.
But it’s enchanted, so the human eye can't see it.
The Garden Rap
By Evan and Greg, Loudenslager School
Look at my garden so
Big and bright. When the
Sun’s out it has light.
When it becomes night
It gives people a fright,
Then they get a nightlight.
I got a fountain and it
Looks like a mountain
Then people started pouting.
In our garden was a gnome
Next to our home
And our dog found
A bone. We found a
Watering can next to
A man named Stan.
We found a rock on the
Shed’s lock. I hope you liked
Our garden rap but now it is
Time to take a nap!
Are you looking for some ideas to incorporate poetry in the garden? We have a lesson plan for that! Growing Poems is geared for grades 2-8, and is designed to cultivate creativity and communication skills through garden-inspired poetry.
You have until April 30 to send in your entry for Kids Garden Month. Gardeners age 0-18: Tell us about your dream garden using words, artwork, song, or media (really, the sky's the limit!). What grows, who visits, and why do you love it? Entries can be submitted by individuals, or by a class or group. Each week we’ll choose a favorite entry to receive a prize package, and at the end of the month we’ll award two grand prize winners – one to an individual and one to a group or class – with a $250 gift card to Gardener's Supply Company to help their dreams become reality.
Thank you to Chartwells for sponsoring Kids Garden Month 2018!
- Digging Into Soil
- Maintaining Youth Engagement in the Garden All Summer Long
- Strawberries in a Hanging Basket
- Plant a Seed and Watch it Grow – or Not
- Monarch Monitoring
- Say YES to High School Gardening Intensives
- Learning to Love the Earth
- Budding Botanist Grantee Visits
- Why Every School Should Plant a Pollinator Garden
- North Elementary School Garden Build