One of the most popular sites at Friendship Botanic Gardens is the ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden, an arena for educational play experiences set against the backdrop of cultivated gardens and surrounding wilderness.
Funded byArcelorMittal, this garden was installed in four phases beginning in 2016 and serves as a place for children to learn about flora and fauna, the wonderful world of bees and the water cycle.
“We are so gracious for ArcelorMittal’s continued support throughout the years,” said John Leinweber, President of the Board of Directors at FBG. “On beautiful days and during our events, the Children’s Garden is full of families learning about the natural world.”
Volunteer Carol Sloane has spent ample time in this garden and is dedicated to improving the learning experience for children.
The Garden consists of a playground set that includes slides, climbing walls, a wooden tower and more; a hydraulic hand pump where kids can draw groundwater up from the earth and watch it trickle down a 16-foot gold miner’s sluiceway, demonstrating the fundamental process and understanding of where water comes from; a small butterfly garden; a garden of senses, which includes five raised flower beds with plants and herbs specifically selected to provide a feast for the senses; three flower-shaped, permanently installed xylophones featured in the sound garden, and a whimsical, learning cabin with an observation window where children can view the inner workings of a honeybee colony.
Accompanying educational signage explains the water cycle, the science of sound and information about living organisms in the nearby forests.
Friendship Botanic Gardens is open Tuesday-Sunday 9-5 p.m. Children 12 and under are free. Please visit www.friendshipgardens.org for more information.