You are invited to attend the next Community Horticultural Educational Series (CHES) meeting on Monday, May 9th, at 6:30 pm, at the Community Center in Glen Rose, 209 SW Barnard. Pat Kreiner will entertain and educate us on the subject of Interactive Gardening, highlighting the Garden Loom. We are looking forward to an evening of learning and laughter! The public is invited at no charge.
Pat Kreiner lives on a 2 acre mini-farm called Wildwood Cottage with her husband David & son John where she gardens, raises chickens, ducks, quail & rabbits. Gardening with her grandmother & father at an early age inspired a lifelong adventure in gardening. She has studied with individuals, schools, organizations in a variety of areas & earned multiple certifications. Working for several garden & herbal related companies has been an enlightening education on many levels. Throughout the years working as a landscape consultant she has specialized in Wildlife Gardening, Permaculture, Culinary & Medicinal Herbs, Horticulture Therapy, Square Foot Gardening & Container Gardening, In recent years she has been indulging her nerdy side by working at museums as a Historical Interpreter. During this time Pat has researched & demonstrated the historical uses of plants by Native Americans & Texas Pioneers. She loves to share her experiences as an educator for adult & children’s programs on multiple topics. Her best advise for anyone who wants to learn about gardening is to develop a sense of humor & an appreciation for the Natural World because many times it does not care what books you’ve read or what the experts said and that includes HER.
Interactive Gardens are a major part of Ms. Kreiner’s philosophy to incorporate Horticulture Therapy in every public garden. Public or private gardens strive to interact with those who visit by presenting a beautiful display, plant groupings for a purpose and all being explained by signage. Visitors can revel in the sight, scent and sound of our gardens but usually it is a hands off enjoyment. This is where Interactive gardens create a more personal connection for your visitors. Examples such as Sensory Gardens, Garden Looms, A Working Water Pump, Creating an Outdoor Hopscotch, Pick Me, Water Me or Plant Me Spots move your visitor from an observer to a participant. Once they are a participant by creating or taking care of a portion of the garden it is now in a small or large part their garden.