Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden
Nestled between the red-bricked Goodman Building and First Creek Wetland at the eastern edge of the Botanic Garden, the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden is a vibrant city oasis, developed to inspire a sense of wonder in children about where their food comes from.
The Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden, designed by Oxigen, includes garden beds abundant with seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs; pots and trays; structures for climbing plants; fruit trees; compost; worms; working bench spaces; and enclosed areas – including a large basket weave dome – for storytelling and group discussion.
Garden plots have been divided up into odd-shaped beds with a sawdust path flowing through, creating a sense of adventure for the little visitors.
Another highlight of the Garden is its use of heirloom seeds, sourced from Diggers Garden Shop – the purple, yellow, red and white varieties of carrots, for example, allowing Little Sprouts to display produce not usually found in the supermarket, introducing a new way of thinking for kids and visitors.
Little Sprouts is open to visitors outside of booked Visiting Program sessions. Stroll through the Garden and find inspiration for your own kitchen garden – at home, in the workplace or in the community!
Available for early years groups from schools and pre-schools across South Australia, this program has been designed to align with the National Early Years Learning Framework.
It provides children aged four-to-six years with hands on experiences in an engaging outdoor learning environment.
Children will undertake activities that utilise play and exploration, exciting their natural sense of wonder and engaging all the senses.
The Kitchen Garden will showcase the benefits of growing fresh, healthy produce to the whole community instilling healthy habits from a young age.
The general public are welcome to visit the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden when sessions are not being held.
Little Sprouts Learning sessions are FREE to attend for pre-school and school groups. The sessions are 60 minutes in duration and led by a qualified Kitchen Garden Educator.
Download the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Learning Program booklet for more information.
School and pre-school bookings for sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays can now be made for 2017.