2018-11-30 / On Second Thought

Join Historic Columbia for its Family Gardening Workshop

Contributed by Historic Columbia

Families enjoy a tour of the gardens of the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Families enjoy a tour of the gardens of the Hampton-Preston Mansion. On Saturday, December 1, Historic Columbia will host a Family Gardening Workshop featuring bulbs and other heirloom plants around its historic properties.

Evan Clements and Keith Mearns, director of grounds and horticulturist for Historic Columbia, will lead workshop attendees in planting naturalistic sweeps of several heirloom daffodil varieties throughout the newest two acre addition to the gardens at the Hampton-Preston Mansion. These gardens are a part of one of Columbia’s most heavily documented historic estates and were recently restored to reflect their “golden age” (1840s-60s.) A limited number of each of the daffodil varieties used in the workshop will also be available for sale at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

After the tour, parents and kids will head over to the Robert Mills House to take part in a planting story time, learning about the wonder of plants and how they grow. To understand the different factors that help with growing, they will be able to take part in a sensory activity focusing on touching and smelling different types of soil and clay.

Bulbs will be used as part of a friendly competition when kids take part in a bulb toss game, to see who can throw a bulb the farthest without dropping it, and a bulb spoon race, to try and walk the fastest while carefully balancing a bulb on a spoon.

The grounds and gardens of the Robert Mill House have a wide variety of plant life that kids and parents will explore with a scavenger hunt to find some of the most exciting plants.

Tickets for this event are $8 for youth and free for accompanying adults. Visit HistoricColumbia.org for more information and to register.

After all the outdoor fun, stop by the Gift Shop at Robert Mills to take a holiday tour of both Hampton-Preston and Robert Mills. Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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