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We wrote chapter 7, “Universal Garden Learning Experiences,” with the
goal of suggesting experiences that are not dependent on a specific plant or
environment but can be done in any garden. Here you will find a wealth of
activities, including tried-and-true recipes. Each activity description includes
the concepts to be learned, materials needed, step-by-step instructions, exten-
sion ideas for diversity, and, if necessary, safety considerations.
The purpose of chapter 7 is to give you specific ideas for learning experi-
ences both indoors and outdoors. These activities were designed so that they
are not plant specific. In fact, many of them don’t even require a garden. You
may want to go straight to this chapter and explore some of the activities
before you begin building your own garden. These activities may help build
interest among your class about gardening. We also hope that these experi-
ences will spur your thinking as a class and inspire you to come up with new
ideas of your own. This is only a beginning. Your garden will take you on a
journey that is yours alone.
We hope that you find this book a valuable reference. Don’t be afraid to
take it outside and get it dirty. Happy reading and happy gardening!
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