Kindy’s spectacular sunflowers win garden workshop
Matamata’s Rawhiti Kindergarten have won a gardening workshop with TV celebrity and award winning landscape designer Xanthe White after growing impressive sunflowers.
This is a sought after prize each year and was presented to the local kindy after they took part in the 2015 Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project.
Rawhiti Kindergarten teacher Sandra Miller said this was their second year participating in the sunflower project. ‘‘This time we had 100% germination, which was great!
‘‘We couldn’t get over the results and we got a great reaction from the kids while also doing a lot of maths, so it was also a great learning opportunity. Because the project was so visual, the children had a lot of fun and took a real interest. We hope to do it again next year!’’ she said.
Over the past four months, 12,800 budding preschool gardeners from around the country have been learning about gardening by growing their own sunflowers as part of the project.
In its third year, this popular nationwide gardening initiative provides kindergarten children with the opportunity to develop hands on gardening skills and learn about the lifecycle of plants. This year kindergartens across ten regions in New Zealand took part.
In the Central North Island region 1,779 children from Kindergartens in the CentralKids Kindergarten Association were involved in the project.
Just some of the Rawhiti Kindergarten children with their very large sunflowers.