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Evenings in the Garden - Winter 2017 Series - Gardening with Children: Finding Magic in Your Garden

Sponsoring Organization: MSU Tollgate Farm & Education Center

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.

End Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location : MSU Tollgate Farm & Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI. 48377

Description of the Event: March 30, 2017 – Dr. Norm Lownds – Gardening with Children: Finding Magic in Your Garden
Join Dr. Norm on a journey into the garden, and discover the magic that will interest and engage kids. We will explore the Michigan 4-H Children's Gardens to find the enchantment in plants there, and how the garden excites kids of all ages. Explore ways to create fascination in your garden, and how to engage kids in planning, growing, and enjoying the garden all year long. Join us for a special evening in the magical place that is a garden for kids. Dr. Lownds holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Horticulture from Michigan State University. He has been Curator of the Michigan 4-H Children's Gardens for the past 19 years. He has been actively working with teachers, students, and school gardens for over 25 years, first in the desert climate of Southern New Mexico and more recently at MSU. Lownds works to create numerous interactive computer experiences and elegantly integrates digital technologies into the 4-H Children's Garden. The 4-H Children's Garden Kidstour website ( has won numerous awards. Over the past year, Lownds has created Collaborating Classrooms, a program where classes, their school gardens, experiments and more are connected to the 4-H Children's Gardens. "Dr. Norm" is most interested in promoting curiosity and wonder in children of all ages. He is "just a big kid at heart" and loves to work with teachers and students, reminding everyone to "always ask questions about everything!" Dr. Lownds is the 2007 recipient of the American Horticultural Societies JL Taylor award for inspiring and nurturing future horticulturists through efforts in children's and youth gardens.
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Education Credit Hours: 2

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