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The Greening of Detroit Children's Garden at Lafayette Greens

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BENEFITING: THE GREENING OF DETROIT

ORGANIZER: THE GREENING OF DETROIT

EVENT: 2016 Art Van Charity Challenge

EVENT DATE: May 18, 2016

Jenni Shockling

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Funding from the Art Van Charity Challenge will renew and improve the The Greening of Detroit's Children’s Garden at Lafayette Greens, installing themed garden beds that will engage children of all ages in an educational, experiential, sensory and complex exploration of nature. The goal of the Children’s Garden is to offer an outdoor learning environment where children can see, hear, smell, touch and taste their surroundings, while also providing opportunities to promote healthy eating.

Lafayette Greens, a .75-acre site located in the heart of downtown Detroit. Lafayette Greens features 35 raised beds, fruit trees, a demonstration garden, park benches and art space.

The Children’s Garden at Lafayette Greens will feature whimsical beds that include:

  • The Color Wheel and Grasslands beds, to provide visual appeal with flowers and grasses that range in hue from red, blue, gold, pink and more.
  • Sunflowers varieties spanning from the dwarf Big Smile to the giant Sunzilla will offer varying heights, forms and bloom times.
  • The Nectar Café to attract birds, butterflies and buzzing bees that stimulate the sense of hearing.
  • The (Plant) Petting Zoo, which will be filled with touchable plants with kid-friendly names like the Elephant Ear, Woolly Thyme, Bunny Tails and Panda Toes.
  • The Good Scents Herb garden, where children can come in contact with aromatic plants such as spearmint, lemon verbena, curry, rosemary, garlic chives, and even catnip.
  • In the Salad Bar bed, children will be encouraged to eat right from the garden, tasting lettuces, cucumber, dinosaur kale, cherry tomatoes, radishes, sugar snap peas.  Strawberries and blackberries throughout the garden will sweeten the experience.

The renewed Children’s Garden will be open to the public, and will also be available as a destination for school field trips and educational exploration.  Classrooms will have the opportunity to help with the planting and maintenance of the site. 

A variety of activities will also take place throughout the season to attract schools, children and families to this site like a Fun Food Station that makes healthy food dishes in the shapes of popular and creative characters (butterflies, cookie monster, etc..) and a children’s art show, play and family puppetry.

In addition to the Children’s Garden, Lafayette Greens also offers ongoing programming to engage the community to actively use the space, including a weekly farmers market, yoga, tai chi, cooking demonstrations, and social events.

 

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MONEY RAISED
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The Team: $6,655 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

THE GREENING OF DETROIT

Amount Raised

$1,885

 

8% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sondra Pedigo

Amount Raised

$1,250

Fundraiser Title

Monica Tabares

Amount Raised

$1,075

 

430% Raised of $250 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rebecca Salminen Witt

Amount Raised

$1,075

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Mike Smith

Amount Raised

$450

Fundraiser Title

Sue Sulewski

Amount Raised

$310

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Cathy M Hilson

Amount Raised

$150

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Taneá Menifee

Amount Raised

$135

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