LSU Laboratory Preschool Learning Gardens: How does your garden grow?

Children planting garden10/09/15

The LSU Child Development Laboratory Preschool’s play yard has two new learning gardens!

As part of a service-learning project, LSU College of Agriculture students constructed and planted two gardens, with the help of the preschoolers.

These gardens are unique because:

  • The “Louisiana Garden” contains Louisiana’s economic crops, such as sugarcane, soybeans, and blueberries. Sweet potatoes, cotton, corn, and rice are coming soon.
  • The “Crazy Cajun Kitchen Garden” is a “sensory garden” containing flowers and herbs, planted by children enrolled at the preschool.  Each plant is wonderfully smelly!
  • This project was a wonderful collaboration between the College of Agriculture, the College of Human Sciences & Education, and the Laboratory Preschool! Dr. Bush's horticulture students helped install the two gardens and assisted the preschool students with installing their plants.                                                                                     
  • School of Education professor Dr. Erin Casey, an expert in early childhood and social studies research, will be conducting research, looking at how the Louisiana garden contributes to the children’s learning about Louisiana’s economic crops.
  • The Louisiana Garden was designed so that the plants can be interchanged as the seasons change and different crops are being harvested or planted, pictured below.

Learning gardenDr. Pam Blanchard, School of Education associate professor, worked with Angela Barnes, preschool director, and Dr. Ed Bush, College of Agriculture associate professor, to initiate the project.

“The preschool got two beautiful gardens that their students can interact with and be featured in future lessons,” said Dr. Blanchard.

About the LSU Child Development Laboratory Preschool

The preschool is an integrated part of the School of Education, within the CHSE. Specifically, it falls within the Early Childhood Education program, which includes the PK-3 undergraduate and the Early Childhood graduate programs. Laboratory Preschool faculty are a part of the early childhood faculty and teach coursework within the academic programs. The Laboratory Preschool also serves as a laboratory for field experiences and student teaching within the PK-3 teacher preparation program and as an internship site for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on early childhood education and child development. The preschool’s mission and curriculum serve both its enrolled children and School of Education PK-3 pre-service teachers.

About SOE

The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues.

About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.