By Kim Charles

Caroline Dickson and her daughters get festive at the BC Botanical Gardens 

"This week, my young daughters and I participated in a soul warming activity that fostered the love of nature and the holiday spirit.  We headed out to Vancouver’s famed University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens, where the plants sulking in the cold and rain, were countered by the smell of hot coco and festive tunes. 

The Botanical Gardens was host to a family friendly wreath-making event, where young and old gathered together in creativity.  What was special about this activity was the access to the horticulture students and garden staff who described in detail the different plants we used for our wreaths.  We learned of holly variations, cedar, hazel and willows and of course the glorious berries providing sparks of colour during our dark winter days. Garden volunteers milled about, helping the children and adults alike with their plant choices, tying of bows, and small ornaments to accent the beautiful wreaths that were pulled together over the morning. 

Of special note, were the high school student volunteers, whose love of plants and children came together during this unique activity. My girls loved interacting with the young volunteers, who shared a secret kinship for the world of gardening.  As my girls sat quietly enjoying the plants and creativity of this activity, I saw a glimmer of independent interest after all the years of dragging the kids to nurseries and garden activities such as this."

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