Within the Children's Garden, there are several individual gardens and activities to explore and enjoy. We invite you to come and learn more about how to grow plants, and the important role plants play in our daily lives. The Children's Garden is located within the Horticulture Display Garden at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC).
A trellis and seated arbor allow visitors the opportunity to sit quietly and observe bird activity in the Garden. Trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers provide shelter and food for nearby birds.
Children love to crawl through our vine covered tunnel that simulates a butterfly chrysalis. The Butterfly Garden features plants that attract butterflies.
The Sensory Garden is planted in a semi-circle shape, allowing visitors to touch, smell, see, hear and taste their way around. A variety of plants and flowers, all which are safe to touch and smell, are used to create a unique sensory experience.
Made in the shape of a Pizza, our Pizza Garden highlights agricultural ingredients needed to make pizza. Some ingredients are used directly in pizza, such as basil, tomatoes and onions, while others are consumed by dairy, beef and swine in the production of cheese and meat.
Our vegetable garden showcases a variety of vegetables for homeowners, and gives children an idea of where their food comes from. Vegetables are labeled, and signage provides informational tips on how to grow.
Within the windows of the Backpack Shack is an education display. Hanging out the Shack are three backpacks, each one containing an interactive self-guided lesson plan and/or activity, perfect for visiting families or class visits.
Cut-outs of a broccoli, carrot, tomato and corn provide fun photo opportunities!
The Sensory Garden offers something for the young and young at heart. Conveniently located near the Play Structure.
The play structure provides hours of entertainment!