Our goal at the McFaddin-Ward House is to teach how easy gardening can be. We hope to inspire others to start their own gardens, and to instill a love of nature and conservation in the hearts of the children that participate in the program. We adopted a "lasagna" gardening method and maintain the project free of pesticides and chemicals.

The 4-bed Victory Garden, which is part of its education program, is supervised by staffer, Carol Cuccio. She has gardened her whole life has a real passion for teaching others to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs.

To learn more, or to get involved with this fulfilling project, contact us at (409) 832-1906 or email ccuccio@mcfaddin-ward.org.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tom Wright Checks Us Out!

Tom Wright of KFDM aired his third in a series Live at Five Report from our Victory Garden. And how the garden has grown! Education Assistant Carol Cuccio tours Tom and cameraman Kevin Fitch around the garden as helpers do a final weeding before watering. We appreciate Tom's interest.
Tom's next visit: Wednesday, June 17th--be sure to watch!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Green Thumbs' Next Program June 11, 2009

Join us for our next Green Thumbs Program!
BUGS: "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!"
Call today to register!
June 11, 2009
4:00-5:00 PM
Behind the Carriage House, at corner of North and 4th Streets
After a bug hunt and a lesson on insects found in our garden, kids can have fun playing in the sprinklers. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and a towel!
Remember, the program is free, but registration is a must. Call (409) 832-1906 or email ccuccio@mcfaddin-ward.org
Our green thumbs program is geared toward children ages 6-12 years. Our goal is to help cultivate a love for nature and gardening in Beaumont's youth.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Another Great Green Thumbs Program
May 7th

  • Started off with reading Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.

  • Then off to check out how well the garden has grown since the Green Thumbers planted last April. We are getting more and more vegetation each day.

  • Another trip to the compost pile where the children told us new things!

  • The big highlight was the Nature Scavenger Hunt in the museum's block-big garden where the children found things they could touch, smell, hear, see, but not eat.

  • The kids learned about the three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The kids had ever-so many ideas on what they could do with a "mess" of stuff. Before long, the Green Thumbers made or thought of musical instruments out of the recycled items.

  • Did you know: Plants need nutrients to be healthy, just like people do? There are three nutrients that all plants need in order to live:


    is needed for leaf growth and to have a good green color.

    Phosphorus is needed to form roots and to make seeds, fruit and flowers. It also helps plants fight disease.

    Potassium is needed to make strong stems and to also help fight disease.

Friday, May 1, 2009

What we’re growing in our Victory Garden:
African Daisies
Aloe Vera
Bell Pepper
Crowder Peas
Green Beans
Lima Beans
Sweet Peas