Built in 2002 by Newport News Master Gardeners in coordination with the Newport News Parks and Recreation Department, members of the US Navy and local Boy Scouts, the Grin & Grow Learning Garden is located in the heart of Riverview Farm Park next to the playground.
This interactive learning garden is comprised of seven small themed gardens, a large butterfly garden and a native tree grove comprised of a variety of small to large native specimens. Brochures containing interdisciplinary activities are located on site, and signage identifies each space with an interactive activity. Residents are encouraged to use the Garden when making choices of landscape perennials, shrubs and trees for their home gardens.
Parents will be delighted watching their children relate to the wildlife garden visitors including caterpillars, butterflies, hummingbirds, birds and bees busy at work gathering food and enjoying shelter from the plants throughout the year. Those seeking a restful and serene space to sit and enjoy nature will love the artistic benches strategically placed around the garden.
Children and parents are able to interact with Master Gardeners conducting maintenance at the garden on the first and third Mondays at 10 am, depending on the weather and garden conditions. Programming for children is conducted during July and August on the same days and time. If you would like to arrange a guided tour of the Learning Garden please call our office at 757- 591- 4838. Or, go to the Contact Us tab on our Home page to send your request. Please allow at least one month to schedule your visit. We wish you a happy and educational garden experience!