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    Vegecation will bring a touch of magical mystery to Centro Box Hill this summer school holidays, as the North Precinct food court is transformed into a Secret Summer Garden designed to teach kids from paddock to plate how gardening, vegetables and cooking combined can create delicious meals.

    There will be plenty to explore and even more to learn at the free educational holiday program, running 23 to 27 January 2012. Nestled on a bed of grass will be a potting station and bug display, and a special colouring in competition that children can enter to win some prizes. Kids will also get a chance to star in daily interactive dress up performances, found at the rear of the magical garden.

    The plant potting section will focus on a different and surprising veggie each day:

    Monday = Purple carrots

    Tuesday = Striped eggplant

    Wednesday = Dark green zucchini

    Thursday = Striped beetroot

    Friday = Veggie Mix

    From potting their own plant to learning about bugs in the garden, kids will see how food can be transformed from a bud into something delicious you can put on a plate. Children will also be educated on how to make the most of the garden at this hazy time of year with water saving techniques for a healthy garden.

     

     

     

     The Gould League, Australia’s oldest environmental education organisation, has put together a program especially for Centro Box Hill once again, designed to keep kids captivated these school holidays.

     

     

     

    “So much happens behind the scenes at the bottom of your garden – the secret to a successful veggie patch lies deep within the soil and relies on the gentle balance of many environmental factors, from the bugs in the ground to the weather up above. We can’t wait to bring this exciting cycle to life for the children this school holiday,” says Anita Kosterlitz, Gould League’s Manager of Education and Training.

     

     

     

    Vegecation provides parents with a school holiday activity they don’t need to feel guilty about as it is free, educational and, most importantly, fun. 

     

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