Green Thumbs

Ever wondered where the phrase “Green Thumb” originated?  One theory says it comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will stain a person’s thumb (and fingers) if he or she handles enough pots. Hence, a person who is always working with flower pots has a green thumb.

Another theory is that it originated during the reign of King Edward I of England. He was fond of green peas and kept half a dozen serfs shelling them during the season. The serf who had the “greenest thumb” won a prize.

Whatever the origin, MSP students get lots of opportunities to develop their “green thumbs”.

There are many reasons that exposing children to gardening is beneficial.  Our newly renovated garden at Montessori Drive has a greenhouse for seedlings and even a free dig area so they can really “get into” nature.  Gardening teaches children to plan ahead and about the value of hard work.  To read more about the benefits of gardening for children, click here.

MSP students love watching the full-circle process of planting seeds, caring for plants as they grow, harvesting vegetables when its time, and then preparing food dishes from their harvest.