Green Thumbs

Welcome to the Children's Garden!

Children's Garden 2013

Talking about what to plant in the Children's Garden.

Children's Garden 2013

Preparing the soil for planting.

Children's Garden 2013

Adding seedlings to the planting beds.

Children's Garden 2013

Make sure to give it plenty of water.

Children's Garden 2013

Making new friends!

young girl at the Children's Gardening holding up a large leaf.

Look how big it's grown!

butterfly
butterfly on flowers

The Children's Garden

The Children’s Garden is open year-round for children & families at Suffolk Farm.

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Join campers at GREEN THUMBS Summer Camp in 2024.

Located at The Children’s Garden, Suffolk County Farm, Yaphank

Wednesdays, 10am-noon, July 10-August 21, 2024

Cultivate a connection to nature and plants in 7 weeks of discovery.

Play in the soil by growing seeds and planting vegetables in square foot beds and tepee gardens. Hunt for butterflies in the pollinator garden while finding the flowers they treasure. Find the Fairy Garden and the strawberry patch. Identify tasty herbs in the Herb Garden.Make compost, find worms, check out the bugs and see the rain barrels in action. Watch the birds nibbling on shrubs and at the feeders.Create art from nature. Enjoy a hayride around the farm and a celebratory harvest “feast.”

Campers are children ages 5-12. (Five-year old children should be entering kindergarten in the fall.) Green Thumbs Summer Camp is limited to the first twenty children to register. Early registration is suggested.

Exploration and instruction are provided by Suffolk Master Gardeners.

Fee:$80 for one child, $60 for each sibling

Make a check payable to Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Mail to Roxanne Zimmer, Cornell Extension, 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901

On a note, please provide parent name, child’s name, date of birth, address, phone number and email address. A confirmation will be sent by email.

Requests for accommodations should be made by June 1, 2024. Requests after that date will be met as best as possible.

For additional information, please contact Roxanne Zimmer at rz378@cornell.edu.

Flowering plants, including native and pollinator collections, line the paths that meander through the garden. In the spring, you’ll find an assortment of colorful bulbs and the fragrant scent of the Korean spicebush. The best show is in the summer when an array of monarda, coreopsis and black eyed susans join the butterfly bushes attracting butterflies.  Asters brighten the fall landscape.

When summer camp is in session, children plant vegetables in garden beds and on totem poles.The composting station and whimsical Fairy Garden can be enjoyed in any season. The Children’s Garden gazebo provides a relaxing, shady spot to have a snack or enjoy a view of the garden.

 If you see one of the Master Gardeners, please feel free to ask any horticultural questions about plant material found in the Children’s Garden.

Please contact Roxanne Zimmer about the GREEN THUMBS Summer Camp in 2024.

Contact

Roxanne Zimmer
Community Horticulture Specialist
rz378@cornell.edu
631-727-7850 x 215

Last updated January 12, 2024