The Arizona connection! Americans in Glasgow. 28th September to 3rd October, 2019.

I was so excited to host Sallie Marston, Rachel Wehr, Blue Baldwin, and Moses Thompson from the University of Arizona’s Community and School Garden Program (https://schoolgardens.arizona.edu/about/staff ).

We achieved so much, worked hard, and shared lots of laughs! The purpose of their trip was strengthen our international partnership. We spent a full day at Boclair Academy across 6 different teaching periods. The Arizona team led two outdoor lessons which were so much fun (about 60 students involved in total). They also helped out in a further 4 different classes, and learnt a lot about guidance and counselling at the school (more on this later – there’s so much potential for a garden).

At the University of Glasgow, the Arizona team led a group presentation and Q&A on their school garden program (thanks all for coming!), followed by an afternoon workshop on ecological justice with geography undergraduates. This workshop involved students from across the degree program, and we’re already organising for working in the school garden and across our communities. We then headed to Baltic Street Adventure Playground – a fantastic greenspace!

Photos below from our time together….

No visit to Glasgow would be complete without a hike up Conich Hill…
The team at Rannoch Moor. It was actually sunny! Cheryl took the photo!
Photo from the Tuesday presentation. The talk was extensive, covering everything from the therapeutic to the political dimensions of school gardens.
In the East Quad!
Ecological Justice workshop at the University of Glasgow.
Baltic Street Adventure Playground! Growing and playing together in the community.
Thanks to Helen Trail for giving up her time, as well as Alistair!
Come down, Blue!
Outdoor learning begins at Boclair!
Mrs Bone listens patiently!
One of the tasks that Blue had her group do was to identify different components of the garden that triggered our different senses. Lots of fun!
Spider!
Comparing each teams’ ‘sensory’ items they located in the garden – from seedpods to creepy crawlies!
Surprise!

Finishing off with a couple of photos of the garden in its present state – and a drone shot from a pupil!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *