Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Lyon Farm is named for the family that owned it from 1827 to 2003. Sheldon Fleming of Wonderland Gardens has led the efforts to rehabilitate the farm working with DeKalb’s Natural Resources Management office to create a “living farm” where visitors can see a restored 1930s cotton farm. Ranger Robby Astrove from the adjoining Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve joined us for a day in the garden.

Farmer Sheldon shares samples of a variety of herbs to smell and taste. Mint leaves are highly favored among the children, while many funny faces were made as a reaction to the pungent aroma of Rosemary.

Enjoying a handful of mint and thyme, this little girl learned, ‘Herbs and spices are used to flavor food as well as for making medicine.’

Sheldon leads a group of children from Inspiring Kids Academy down the garden row for a lesson in picking tomatoes.

As the children enjoyed eating the cherry tomatoes they picked, we talked about all the different meals that can be made out of tomatoes. Spagetti sauce, ketchup, pizza sauce and salsa are among the children’s favorite foods.

The children were thrilled to plant their own vegetable plants. Eggplant, squash, tomatoes and watermelons were all included in the garden. Sheldon assisted the careful effort of the children by instructing them how deep to dig their hole.

The great care and instinctual gentleness offered by the children as they planted was beautiful and inspiring.

“Children the world over have a right to a childhood filled with beauty, joy, adventure, and companionship. They will grow toward ecological literacy if the soil they are nurtured in is rich with experience, love, and good examples.” -Alan Dyer, “A Sense of Adventure”

Back to the children’s favorite activity! Watering!

The children were delighted as Sheldon gave them all their very own Zinnia flower to take home.

Absolutely precious!!!


Once upon a drizzly morning at Wonderland Garden, the Morning Glories greeted the children on their way to visit the butterflies.

Farmer Sheldon led the children’s imaginations through a maze of tunnels built by bugs underground to learn how these same passages carry rainwater and nutrients into the root system of plants.

These boys are closing their eyes to help them imagine what it would be like to be George Washington Carver. ‘Imagine what kind of ideas you would have if you were an Inventor’, ‘Imagine how working with plants make you feel’, ‘Imagine how you could invent things that can help other people.’

The children take turns filling up the bird feeders with more seed. Wow! Birds sure do eat a lot!

This curious group watches carefully to see how the many different kinds of butterflies, moths and bugs pollinate the flowers on the Lantana bush.

Over 3000 species of butterflies and moths have been recorded in Georgia. You can often find members of the Lepidoptera order visiting flowers, rotting fruit, sap on a tree or wet soil.

After everyone had their turn finding insects and watching the butterflies, we worked on a fun art project, making patterned bark impressions on paper.

The Chinese Elm tree is also known as the Lacebark Elm for its delicately patterned surface.

These girls had a great time finding just the right spot on the tree to work on their pictures.

Bravo! Well done, girls!