Farmer Sheldon welcomed the children to Wonderland Garden by sharing the story about how he became a farmer then offered an introduction to the history and goals of the garden.
“Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living.” Zenobia Barlow
- The children learn the walking paths are made from 6,000 recycled tires that were saved from being placed in a landfill. The garden benches are made from recycled plastic bags and milk jugs. The stacked stone walls have been built out of 100,000 lbs. of county sidewalks that were dug up. Sheldon impresses the children with the need to reuse, reduce and recycle.
- When asked, ‘What kind of birds can you name?’, the children were able to offer many examples from Robins and Bluebirds to Eagles, the Phoenix and Georgia’s own state bird, the Brown Thrasher. Everyone helped fill the bird feeders while becoming familiar with the great variety of shapes, colors, and textures of the birdseed. We all learned how important it is to be good stewards toward the other creatures living in our environment.
- After filling some of the bird feeders with sunflower seed, Sheldon brought some sunflower heads from the past season to show the children just where sunflower seeds come from. The children each plucked several seeds from the flower head then got busy planting them in the garden.