Kid’s Day in the Garden 2013 – Great Big Greenhouse

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Kid’s Day at the Garden 2013 was Great!

Written by Staff, Great Big Greenhouse

Thank you to all our customers, their kids, and grandkids for making 2013’s Kid’s Day in the Garden a huge success. Adults and kids alike had a wonderful time. We were very proud to provide this fun and educational experience for our areas kids.
Jonathan Austin was amazing.
If you have never seen Jonathan, do whatever it takes to do so. He was very entertaining. His juggling and magic are only surpassed by his wit. We also were joined by Nutsy the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ mascot, Chesterfield County Recycling Chesterfield Police department’s McGruff the Crime Dog, The SPCA’s with their Tail Wag’n Vehicle with adoptable pets, Richmond Beekeepers association, The Chesterfield Fire Department with a Fire Truck and Ambulance, and Broken Road Farm’s travelling petting farm.
As well as the above activities, kids were able to make their own terrariums, participate in a Safari Hunt, and throw bean bags. There were also many of our venders from our Farmer’s market on site to provide kids and adults with art, food and many other goodies.

Kids Day in the Garden 2013 was a great success!  Thank you for attending!



Explore the Outdoors 2014

Spring is a Great Time to Explore the Outdoors!

A Free Event… Rain or Shine… May 4 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Make tracks to Huguenot Park and the studios of the Community Idea Stations on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for aFREE day of hands-on fun exploring science and nature. The educational programs of the Community Idea Stations, Science Matters and Ready to Learn, and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation are co-hosting a special day in the park to give children and their families plenty of exciting outdoor experiences. Over forty local community groups with expertise in outdoor adventure, healthy living, and environmental science will engage you in activities ranging from nature walks to tree climbing, archery and fishing, paddle boarding (on dry land), gardening, camping, art making and much, much more.

Curious George, Smokey the Bear and several Mermaids will be some of the characters joining in the fun. Come and check out your local PBS and NPR stations while touring the radio and television studios. You’ll even get to see yourself on TV (the green screen that is!) Snacks, drinks, and great food will be available for purchase.

If you’d like to learn more about this free event, check out this video of our 2013 event:

Join the fun at Huguenot Park and the Community Idea Stations at 10901 Robious Road, North Chesterfield, Virginia on May 4th, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The day is free thanks to our sponsor, Virginia 529 College Savings Plan.


Check out some of the Activities happening this year:

  • Get up close and personal with live owls, raptors and reptiles
  • Hike the trails of Huguenot Park and learn about trees and animal tracks
  • Join some “Bug Walks” to uncover all kinds of creatures
  • Explore rocks and minerals of Virginia
  • Discover hidden Geocaches
  • Try your hand at archery
  • Climb aTree with a special guide
  • Play Fishing games and try Stand up Paddleboarding-on dry land
  • Enjoy Nature-based arts and crafts and a recycled art project
  • Discover square foot gardening
  • Learn all about bees and how to identify birds and their songs
  • Play lots of outdoor games in the field games area
  • Learn all about the James River, Chesapeake Bay and the Virginia Institite for Marine Science
  • Meet Smokey the Bear, Curious George and Mermaids and other characters

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Be sure to “Explore the Outdoors” by checking out these Science Matters videos:
Pocahontas State Park
Rockwood Nature Center
Save the Wood Thrush

Decline of Honey Bees Means Higher Prices at Grocery Stores – Channel 8 Interview June 25, 2014

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) –Your favorite produce could get pricier as the number of honeybees declines drastically across the nation. Honey bees are vital insects, and not just for their honey.

“We’ve actually built our agriculture around using the honeybees as pollinators,” said Robert Wokaty, a beekeeper and president of the Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association.

One-third of the food on your dinner table depends on them, and the Virginia Department of Agriculture says their hard work pays off.

“The honeybee pollination attributes to about $110 million to the Virginia economy,” said Keith Tignor with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

But honey bees face more and more threats including disease, parasites, pesticides and habitat destruction.

“Our annual loss over the winter is at about 30 percent,” said Tignor.

If the population continues to drop, food sold at groceries stores– like blueberries, avocados, cucumbers and almonds– may become limited or disappear altogether.

“That means we’re going to have lower production, we’re going to have less quality fruit, and so it’s going to affect the nutrition as well as the price at the market is going to be going up because of the lack of availability of food in some cases,” said Tignor.

Local beekeepers like Rob Wokaty are doing their part to make sure that never happens, caring for 10 hives in his backyard.

“We actually try to breed honeybees that are resistant to these environmental factors such as mites and diseases and so we’ll actually collect bees or take them out of houses. And I’ll pull the genetics in and take a look at the bees and make sure they’re healthy, and if they are healthy I’ll breed those and then make them available to members of the club,” said Wokaty.

The Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association is hosting its annual Honey Bee Festival on Saturday in Chesterfield.