Nestled between the red-bricked Goodman Building and First Creek Wetland at the eastern edge of the Botanic Garden, the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden is a vibrant city oasis, developed to inspire a sense of wonder in children about where their food comes from.
After a South Australian Government election promise turned to construction in late 2014, the Garden opened its gates to pre-school and early-years school groups in April 2015 – the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden Visiting Program part of a $1.6 million commitment over four years to help inspire SA’s next generations of kitchen gardeners.
The Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden, designed by Oxigen, includes garden beds abundant with seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs; pots and trays; structures for climbing plants; fruit trees; compost; worms; working bench spaces; and enclosed areas – including a large basket weave dome – for storytelling and group discussion.
Garden plots have been divided up into odd-shaped beds with a sawdust path flowing through, creating a sense of adventure for the little visitors.
Another highlight of the Garden is its use of heirloom seeds, sourced from Diggers Garden Shop – the purple, yellow, red and white varieties of carrots, for example, allowing Little Sprouts to display produce not usually found in the supermarket, introducing a new way of thinking for kids and visitors.
Little Sprouts is open to visitors outside of booked Visiting Program sessions. Stroll through the Garden and find inspiration for your own kitchen garden – at home, in the workplace or in the community!
Want some tips about kitchen gardening at your home or in your community? Visit the Kitchen Gardens SA website for news, events, information and blogs.