Monday, May 13, 2013

Garden Club for Familes--Homeschoolers Welcome

Attention Homeschoolers,

 Beginning on Tuesday, May 14^th Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary
 will be having our first garden club meeting of the year. Garden club will
 be meeting each Tuesday until late August. This will be a great summer
 activity for families who would like to learn about the basics of
 gardening or even for experienced gardeners who want to learn about newer,
 experimental gardening methods. Activities will include lessons in growing
 plants from seed as well as planting, mulching, watering, fertilizing,
 weeding, and of course harvesting led by a naturalist in our designated
 children’s garden area. In addition to standard gardening activities
 we’ll also have hands-on lessons in propagating plants from cuttings,
 local native plant identification, and prairie and forest ecology.

 So far our plans for the garden include growing tomatoes, peppers, corn,
 green beans, squash, cucumbers, okra, carrots, pumpkins and several native
 plants including ground cherries. We will be experimenting with companion
 planting along with growing lettuce on compost in woven sacks; "Bag
 Gardening". Ideas for other methods are welcome. Program content from week
 to week will be largely participant-driven.

 Garden club will be meeting from 2:30-4:00 from May 14^th thru the end of
 June and will change to 9:00-10:30 in July in order to avoid the afternoon
 heat. The charge will be $5 per family each week. Attendance at the first
 program is NOT mandatory to participate in meetings the rest of the summer.
 Each meeting will be an independent program as we would like to encourage
 families to invite friends to gain members throughout the summer.

 Also, check out our EGADS summer day camps. These week-long camps center
 around a variety of nature-related themes. Check out our brochure at:


 If you plan to attend a meeting or have any questions call us at
816-781-8598 or send an email to We’re looking
 forward to getting garden club up and running. We hope you can join us this


 MLTNS staff

 Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is located 1.5 miles east of the
 city of Liberty, MO. Our address is 407 North La Frenz Road Liberty, MO
 64068. Our phone number is (816) 781-8598. Visit our website at [LINK:] for a map
 and directions of how to get here.

 We are a private non-profit, educational organization supported entirely by
 donations, gift shop sales, and program and membership fees. If you enjoy
 and benefit from the nature sanctuary, please consider becoming a Nature
 Sanctuary member and supporting nature education. Members receive benefits
 such as _The Sanctuary_ our quarterly newsletter, discounts on all public
 programs, 10% off of gift shop items, member-only gift shop sales, and
 special member-only events.

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