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Taste the edibles at Beanstalk Garden

The Beanstalk Children’s Garden opens this week as a fun destination for children to learn about food, insects, nutrition and plant science.

The 14,500-square foot garden contains more than 300 plant varieties that grow in themed gardens to encourage learning. As part of Kansas City Community Gardens, the children’s garden was developed with a curriculum designed to teach children about growing seasons, crop rotation, insects, nutrition and plant science. There are six specialized gardens: the vegetable garden, fruit garden, herb garden, seed and grain garden, curiosity garden and water garden. Children are encouraged to sample the ripe edibles.

All plants are grown organically, demonstrating what is possible to grow in the Kansas City soil and climate. Plant varieties include figs, gourds, strawberries, raspberries, cactus, mouse melon, cotton, peanuts, popcorn, sunflowers, edible weeds and, of course, a giant beanstalk.

The garden is available for school tours, garden clubs and Girl Scout field trips. Group tours are $2 per person and can be scheduled by emailing [email protected] or calling 816-931-3877. Admission is free for individuals. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday from June 15 to October 21.

The garden is located at 6917 Kensington, Kansas City, MO. For more garden information, visit Kansas City Community Gardens.

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Deborah Reiman
Deborah Reiman
7 years ago

We LOVE touring this garden! We have been gardeners for the 30 years that we have lived here, but our success in gardening came mostly after we found Kansas City Community Gardens and the Beanstalk Garden resources. It is helpful to have a local resource that can tell us what does well in our area. Very helpful…and beautiful!