We’re growing a garden! The MOD Children’s Garden is located next to the fountain in the atrium of the Capitola Mall. Plants in the garden were in part grown by children during our classes.

Garden Sign2Gardening allows children to get a feel for the land, science and how their food grows. Studies have shown that kids who grow their own food are more likely to eat their fruits and vegetables and know more about nutrition.

The MOD Children’s Gardening Club meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m. to learn more about plants and maintain the garden.

Special thanks to the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, The Garden Company, and Good Shepherd School for their generous donations to the garden.
a map of the MOD Children's Garden

The Plants in Our Garden

Golden Marjoram, Cilantro, Sage, Lemon Balm, Strawberry Mint, Chocolate Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint

Dinosaur (Lacinato) Kale, Russian Kale, Chard, Broccoli, Radishes, Millet, Sunflowers, Fava Bean, Lettuce, Flowering Currant

Begonias, Impatiens, Cyclamen, Nasturtium, Coral Bells (Liliana Pink, Pinot Gris, Caramel, Brown Sugar, and Binoche), Scented Geranium

Jade Plant, Echeveria, Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum), Campfire Plant, Echeveria Setosa (Fuzzy Echeveria)


The National Gardening Association’s Parents Primer helps parents find opportunities to garden with their children.

The University of Illinois Extension’s My First Garden website includes tips about gardening aimed at a child’s level.

A group of children from El Paso County, Colorado recommended that we check out Home Advisor’s Tips for Gardening at Home with Kids. Thanks!

A Seed is Sleepy, written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long, is a poetic exploration of plants. Chronicle Books has a Common Core-aligned teacher’s guide. A Seed is Sleepy is available in our Museum Store!

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