Garden Go Seek Your Park on May 16
Buzz around eight Decatur community gardens, parks, and a woodland sanctuary on National Kids to Parks Day, May 16, a nation-wide day of outdoor play encouraging children to explore their local, state, and national parks and public lands. Garden Go Seek is a kid-oriented, family-friendly scavenger hunt designed to get you out of the house and into Decatur’s beeeee-autiful green spaces. And it won’t sting your family budget because it’s free!
- Pick up a free Garden Go Seek booklet at the Decatur Visitors Center, 113 Clairemont Ave. or at any the gardens listed here.
- Hunt down answers to all of the questions.
- Get a special prize at the Decatur Visitors Center, 113 Clairemont Ave.
Look for volunteers at each site from 11 am to 2 pm to answer questions. Can’t visit all eight in one day? Spread them out throughout the week or all summer!
Woodlands Garden, 932 Scott Blvd.
Learn native traditions, history and common uses for native plants found at Woodlands Garden. Volunteers will help you find your way to our Champion Trees and answer questions. You will see a natural playground taking shape for children of all ages to enjoy year-round.
Scott Park Community Garden, 231 Sycamore St.
Three new master gardeners, Randy, Anne-Marie and Charles, will be on site May 16 to lead the monthly communal work day. Stop by and ask them about what they are growing. A total of 26 local gardeners tend to everything from hops to hellebores including native plants, vegetables, flowers, and ornamentals. You may get some good gardening tips! The garden is adjacent to a playground, water fountain, and tennis court, all located behind the Decatur Recreation Center.
Parkwood Park, 500 W. Parkwood Rd.
Grab a cookie and a trail map at Parkwood Park! Volunteers will point out interesting and blooming plants along the trails. New native plants were recently installed at the south end of the park, and a meadow transformation is underway for the West Parkwood trail. The meadow planting is partially funded by a Decatur Craft Beer Festival Grant.
Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Rd.
Come and visit the newly redone cob house play area at Oakhurst Garden of the Wylde Center. The garden will be in full bloom and there are woodland paths to explore, chickens, and a cat named Cardoon. The plant sale will be underway with plenty of garden veggies and herbs for purchase. There will be several volunteers on site to answer questions about the garden and the Wylde Center.
Sugar Creek Garden, 415 East Lake Dr.
Tucked in Oakhurst behind the Presbyterian church, Sugar Creek Garden of the Wylde Center is a hidden treasure to uncover. Be one of the first to see the new, revitalized ‘herb’-an farm. There are garden plots, a play structure, a creek, and a cool labyrinth. Sugar Creek is a great touch and smell garden (but remember, no picking)! Look for volunteers on site to answer questions about Sugar Creek and the Wylde Center.
Glenlake Park, 1211 Church St.
Pick up your booklet at the Tennis Center and then explore the creek. Take a walk on the trail to explore the park.
Decatur Cemetery, 299 Bell St.
A volunteer will be outside the office near the Bell Street entrance from 11 until 1 to distribute booklets and answer questions.
Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave.
Tour the greenspaces at Agnes Scott College throughout the year. The campus will be closed to visitors during Garden Go Seek Your Park on May 16 due to commencement ceremonies.
More about the Garden Go Seek Scavenger Hunt
The Decatur Visitors Center created a kid-oriented, family-friendly scavenger hunt designed to get you out of the house and into Decatur’s beeeee-autiful green spaces. Buzz around and explore eight Decatur community gardens, parks, and a woodland sanctuary. And it won’t sting your family budget because it’s free!
“The garden keepers put this scavenger hunt together as a way to open their gates to the community and share what treasures we have in our public gardens and green spaces,” says Decatur Visitors Center Manager Sherry Jackman. “We are thrilled to partner with them and offer a green-oriented way to get out and explore the city of Decatur. And all you have to spend is time with your family!”
Stop by the Decatur Visitors Center at 113 Clairemont Ave. to pick up the free passport-sized Garden Go Seek guide or download a copy below. Then make a beeline to Woodlands Garden on the north side of town. From there make your way to Glenlake Park, Decatur Cemetery, Scott Park Community Garden, Parkwood Park, the Agnes Scott College Campus and Oakhurst Community Garden, winding it up at Sugar Creek Community Garden in south Decatur. You can follow the map and visit each garden in order, or choose your own way. Walking and biking are encouraged where practical.
Explore native species in a woodland sanctuary tucked away off a busy road. Check out a restored stream bank in the middle of a popular park. Learn Decatur history in the city’s largest green space. Stroll the grounds of a college campus that is also an arboretum. Discover the fun in a neighborhood garden with chickens, a cat named Cardoon and a playhouse made out of mud. Beee a-mazed by a living labyrinth made of plants and flowers. For each garden spot there is a passport page with two or three activities — questions to answer or sketches to make. When you have visited each garden and completed each page bring your passport back to the Visitors Center to receive a honey of a prize.
Get buzzy! The only rules are to explore with your eyes, don’t pluck or pinch the plants, and beeee respectful of the gardens and all the hard work that makes them beautiful for the community.
For more contact the Decatur Visitors Center at 678-615-0915 or firstname.lastname@example.org.