Children's Activities in the Garden

Learning Activities in the "Kids' Corner" of the Linnaeus Visitors' Barn

Girls examine a butterfly in the garden

Girls enjoy the activities of a butterfly in the garden.

On the two potting tables on the east wall in the Linnaeus Garden Visitors' Barn you will discover various garden activities to share with children.

Featured on the north table are hands-on items that we think will be of interest to children of all ages.

On the south table is a themed display that changes at the beginning of each month with activities for children to do at the garden as well as a take-home project.

Between the two tables is a display bookshelf with a collection of children's picture books related to gardening and nature. We invite visitors with children to borrow books from this shelf to take out into the garden to read for their own personal story time.

Each month a topic related to gardening is explored and accompanied by follow-up activities.

Laminated activity sheets encourage you and your child to:

  • LOOK! Decide on garden to learn about: Entry, Boulder, Water, Greenhouse, Vegetable, Herb or Fountain
  • EXPLORE! take the laminated sheet outside to the chosen garden.
  • DISCOVER! Complete the suggested activities.
  • AT HOME! Consider doing the home project; return the laminated sheet to the basket.

Little Green Thumbs

Little Green Thumbs plant vegetables in May

Planting fun!.


Little Green Thumbs is a program for children ages 4-11 designed to give them hands-on experiences and projects to introduce them to the world of gardening. Classes are held in the barn at the Linnaeus Teaching Garden one Saturday per month from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. They are taught by trained Linnaeus Gardeners.

Preregistration is required. The cost for the 5-month series is $50 for members of the Tulsa Garden Center (TGC) or $80 for non-members. Registration for a single session is $10 for members of the TGC or $16 for non-members. Children ages 4-7 must have a parent present during class. To enroll please call Toni Alley at 918-746-5125.

The following is a schedule of our classes and topics for 2014:

  • April 19     How Does Your Garden Grow?
  • May 10      Attracting our Garden Friends
  • June 14     Wiggly Worms and Compost
  • July 12      Incredible Edibles and Harvest Party
  • August 9   Art in the Garden

Story Time in the Garden

Story Time in the Garden

Children enjoy story time in the garden.

Story Time will be held for children pre-school through second grade 10 AM every Thursday in June, July, and August in the Out Door Classroom just behind the statue of Carl Linnaeus.

We also schedule an evening event once in both the spring and the fall we call Story Time under the Stars beginning at 6:30 to accommodate families whose schedules don't permit attending during the day. It's a wonderful opportunity to see how beautiful the garden is as the sun goes down.

Picture books with garden themes will be read followed by an activity in the Linnaeus Garden.

Story Time is free to the public.

Check our Upcoming Events Calendar for dates and topics. Our spring Story Time Under the Stars is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 6:30pm. Our topics for reading will be flowers, birds, and bees. Please wear your pajamas, bring your favorite snuggle buddy and join us!

Children's Garden

Colorful tiles mark the first Children's Garden

Colorful tiles and a trellis made the first Children's Garden a delight.

The first children’s garden was a space at the Linnaeus Teaching Garden, a place they could dig in the earth, plant seeds, and come back later to see how the plants were growing. This garden had bright tiles, a trellis, and leafy vegetation. The children in the Little Green Thumbs program planted herbs, melons, and more in the spring and harvested the fruits and vegetables in the fall.

Due to the construction of a new education building on our grounds, the children's garden is currently in transition. We plan to have the children enrolled in the Little Green Thumbs program plant in our children's garden in the spring of 2015.

Children's Tours

Kids in the Garden

Children take a guided tour of the Linnaeus Vegetable Garden.

Linnaeus Garden Volunteers love to show off our garden. We are available to give tours to classes from public and private schools, homeschool groups, scouts, and other children's groups.

If you are interested in arranging a tour for your Children’s group, contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 918-746-5136 or 918-746-5125 at the Tulsa Garden Center. She will arrange a tour guide and time for your group.