Children’s gardening school hopes to blossom

Growing interest: Joanne Evans is starting up a new series of gardening classes aimed at children aged between 3-5 years old'Picture submitted
Growing interest: Joanne Evans is starting up a new series of gardening classes aimed at children aged between 3-5 years old'Picture submitted
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Budding young gardeners are set to get their hands dirty thanks to a new venture being launched by a local garden designer.

Joanne Evans, who set up Gerbera Designs last year after receiving advice from Business Gateway Aberdeen City & Shire, will roll out Gardening4Kids in April.

Devised by the former BBC archivist as a way to encourage an interest in nature, the 45 minute-long monthly gardening school will help children aged between three to five years understand how vegetables, fruit and flowers grow.

Joanne, from Inverurie, said: “My aim is to instil a love of the outdoors and a keen interest in the natural world.

“The programme is hands on, with children getting to plant, nurture and, where possible, eat what they grow. Children can be fussy eaters, particularly when it comes to vegetables, and I know first-hand that involving them in the growing process can make them more adventurous at meal times.”

She added: “I love gardening and after taking redundancy from the BBC in 2009 I signed up for a course at the Scottish Agricultural College in Aberdeen. One of the modules focused on starting a business and a Business Gateway adviser talked us through the process. I realised I needed a business plan that would take into account the two strands of my business – the design arm and the gardening school. I went to the local office and my adviser was very encouraging and the free courses extremely helpful.”

For more information on Gerbera Designs and Gardening4Kids visit: www.gerberadesigns.co.uk or call Joanne on 07961 907662.