OUR CHILDREN'S GARDEN
Centre Director Paulee Wang firmly believes in the values of urban gardening and she has taken this project forward through a collaboration with social entrepreneur, Ecocentric Transitions (@ecocentrictransitions on Instagram), to build a purposeful and child-friendly, organic edible garden in Kebun-Kebun Bangsar – an urban garden and community park started by renowned landscape architect Ng Sek San.
Our children’s garden is designed to house a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruiting trees and a fragrant garden, where play based learning will take place – resonating with the core essence of our brands Julia Gabriel Centre and Chiltern House Preschool. Sprouting Seeds remains a work in progress as we are roping in parents as partners, and the children to help establish and grow the garden through monthly volunteering opportunities or “gotong-royong” events.
The first ever volunteering opportunity took place on 26th May and we successfully planted seedlings and cuttings into the vegetable beds. Subsequent volunteering opportunities followed and our little piece of paradise on Earth began growing beautifully to house a wider variety of plants including ylang-ylang, a pumpkin patch, pearl barley, rosella and even butterfly pea flowers – all of which form part of our garden’s essentials for sensory play. And thanks to external community service initiatives, we now have a charming wooden platform built from scratch to benefit the garden visitors and a beautiful pond.
Watch out for our signage, “Sprouting Seeds Children’s Garden” located close to the hilltop of Kebun-Kebun Bangsar and visit us! The garden is subject to the opening hours of Kebun-Kebun Bangsar, and is open to the public.
For more updates on Sprouting Seeds and our volunteering opportunities, follow us on our Instagram @JuliaGabrielKL.
THE NAME: SPROUTING SEEDS
William Shakespeare once questioned, “What’s in a name?”.
The brains behind the name, Sprouting Seeds is Hurin, who is our teacher at Chiltern House CITTA Mall centre. The name was selected after winning the popular vote with submissions received from parents, children and staff.
So we asked her how the name came about. “When the school announced that we will be growing an edible play garden, it was such an exciting piece of news. Imagine an outdoor classroom, learning in nature! So when nomination was open to all staff and our parents to name the garden, Sprouting Seeds immediately came to mind. When I think about seeds, I think about them sprouting! And I’d also learned in naming, it’s always a good idea to make it sound similar, in that both parts of the name begin with the letter ‘s’. And that was it, Sprouting Seeds was my submission and the school did a round of voting, and next I knew, it won the popular vote!”
“It’s going to be quite cool seeing that name in the garden,” – Hurin.