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.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Last Visit from Tom Wright of KFDM TV

On Wednesday, June 17, Tom Wright made his fourth and final visit to our Victory Garden. He interviewed Carol Cuccio and she was able to show him how well the four-bed garden has grown.

We can harvest many of the herbs and several of the vegetables (crowder peas, tomatoes, and cucumbers to name just a few). Michelle Cate took photos of the garden for you to see on our Facebook page. The Sunflowers look magnificient.

Come by to see the garden--as we work hard to keep it cool in this 100+degree heat.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

What Fun at the Latest Green Thumbs

Once again, a great group of gardeners came to our children's programming: Green Thumbs. This month's theme was "Bugs: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" and did our Greenies find the bugs all over our garden and yard--I must admit they all looked ug-lee to me! The museum educators showed, though, how the bugs were either good for our garden or bad for our garden.

After reading Eric Carle's "The Hungry Caterpillar" and chanting the word metamorphosis a few times, the youngsters were let loose in the garden with bug-catcher jars to see what they could find. Then they looked thru the guide sheets to i-d the little buggers.

Off to get wet. Very wet. On hot days in Beaumont where the temperature was over 90 degrees with high humidity....what fun to run through the sprinklers, just like their parents and grandparents did when they were young. Vintage sprinklers were spread all over the carriage house lawn and impromptu games of Kick Ball and Chase Me and Jump Over the Water sprang up. Rebecca Woodland taught the kids how to play Red Light/Green Light and Mother, May I (remember those good old-fashion games?).

Glad they ALL could join us. Look for another fun and entertaining (and -- when we can sneak it in -- educational) Green Thumbs program!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My! How our garden has grown!

In just a few short weeks, our garden has really blossomed! Come by and check it out the next time you're in the neighborhood...it looks great!
See more pictures on our Facebook fan page!