Gardening4Kids is an award winning initiative which was launched in April 2012. Since then we have worked with parents, their children, nurseries, schools, garden centres, play centres and, even a theatre group, in Aberdeen City and Shire.
Gardening4Kids was created by its proprietor Joanne Evans. The idea grew whilst she retrained as a garden designer and also started her own family. The aim of Gardening4Kids is to encourage children’s interest in gardening early on and give them invaluable basic life skills and an understanding of the world around them. Through gardening they learn where their food comes from and helps them to develop a healthy attitude to eating fruit and vegetables.
Joanne qualified as a garden designer in 2009 with an HNC Garden Design with distinction from Scotland’s Rural College in Aberdeen. To complement this she also studied at Aberdeen College for the RHS 2 Certificate in Horticulture in 2007.
In a former life she gained a joint honours degree in German and Librarianship from UCW Aberystwyth. She worked at the BBC for over 18 years in libraries and archiving gaining an MBA Diploma and MA in Information Management along the way. She was also part of the team which developed the first digital library system in the BBC.
Joanne has been interested in gardening since owning her first house in Bristol in 1997. Having worked in the television industry for so long she has a good visual awareness and this coupled with IT skills and interest in gardens have led her into a career in garden design.
This is what some parents thought of our classes
“My son loves taking care of his plants and they are all still alive, so far! He particularly enjoyed seeing the strawberries grow, even though he didn’t eat any but I did! He also enjoyed the painting, cutting and gluing.”
Netmums review for Gardening4Kids – “Took my boys today and so glad I did. My partner and I were not sure as neither of us is keen on gardening but found we enjoyed it as much as the kids. Our neighbours are already admiring our hanging baskets. Really fun activity for the children. Will spread the word.”
“My boy has really enjoyed gardening club classes and we have found them to be well-planned, organised and good fun. He has been really pleased with the things he has taken home with him, talks to his grandparents about them, and I think things like eating a strawberry that he has planted himself has been a treat as well as educational.”