This project has been designed for 3 to 9 year olds to play and have fun whilst learning about the importance of the plant kingdom. The Discovery Garden was opened on April 23rd in 2009 which is “Children’s and National Independence” day.
The project was started in 2006 with the aim of introducing children to nature by a “hands on approach”. The children learn about plant propagation, how to take care of plants and participate in other horticulturally based programmes as they improve their academic knowledge through the practical activities. The project also improves their scientific process skills such as observation and making measurements. The children learn about the importance of plants, the difficulties of growing them and the problems associated with recreating their natural environments by growing them in small plots in NGBB.
Through a booking system, School groups can participate in one of the education programmes which take place daily in the Garden. These programmes have been developed in parallel with and to complement the National Curriculum and give children the chance to meet the interesting world of the plant kingdom in NGBB. Each year, over 8000 children from preschool to secondary schools participate in these programmes.