Thursday, June 29, 2017

Today Was International Mud Day

Z and I went to the Alaska Botanical Garden today to buy some shade loving perennials and had some extra adventures besides.

It turned out to be Mud Day, but they were just setting up and we couldn't stay that long.

From Days of the Year:
"The creators of International Mud Day wanted to find a way to help all of the children of the Earth feel closer to each other…and what a better way to do it than through the Earth itself? International Mud Day began in 2009 at a World Forum event, when Gillian McAuliffe from Australia and Bishnu Bhatta from Nepal got together to talk about ways to encourage feelings of community and appreciation for the world around us. The collaboration that followed has inspired educators, children,and families across the globe, from Holland to Nepal to the United States, to celebrate International Mud Day together each year on June 29. Regardless of age, race and religion, covered in mud, we all look the same!"
We also got to sit in on a worm workshop for kids that was about the role of worms in composting.  There was even a scavenger hunt things to look for in the worm bin compost.

The botanical gardens are really growing up and are looking more and more like a serious botanical garden and not just some plots dug out in the woods like it did in the beginning.  The irises were blooming in Lile's Garden, one of the nicest spots in the garden.

If you have any young kids who need entertaining, one easy option - if they can play outside - is a spray bottle.  We've found these great when we've had people over with kids, and here's the one that my grand daughter loves this one (with some help from photoshop.)

Z went swimming with her grandmother after helping start a loaf of bread.  Lots of fun today.

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