Greetings from the Greenhouse!

Hi, I'm Becky!

Hello, I’m Becky Gall, one of the Greenhouse Education Interns here at the Museum. During the fall and spring, I’m a student at the University of Maine, Orono, studying Human Nutrition and Dietetics. I’m lucky to be part of such a great team this summer, working outside sharing what I know about nutrition and gardening with you and your children. I’m writing to give you an insider’s perspective of what’s happening inside and outside of the Greenhouse (located in the Shipyard).

Currently, Corrine (the other Greenhouse Intern) and I have been keeping ourselves busy by maintaining, harvesting, planting, and composting. If you have visited the Greenhouse recently, you may have had the chance to taste some of our ripe strawberries, touch the pea pods, and design your own vegetable garden drawing.

Inside of the Greenhouse right now, the cucumber plants are flowering, the melons are flourishing, the peas pods are maturing, the tomato plants and other plants are looking good. Outside of the Greenhouse, the beets are starting to uproot and the broccoli heads are beginning to crown.

Art inspired by our vegetable garden.

This summer, I encourage you and your kids to come explore and ask us questions to get a better understanding of food. Corrine and I look forward to meeting you as we venture through the lifecycle of fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs. I hope that you will participate in many of the Museum’s Greenhouse activities.

Sowing Seeds, Plant Play and Nature Treasures!

A few weeks ago, I lead an impromptu gardening program in our Shipyard. I had some beautiful cucumber plants that needed a home, so I thought – what better place than the empty planters outside? I had lots of eager visitors help me with the digging, planting and watering!

We hold a lot of gardening and nature programs at the Museum & Theatre. You can learn about foods that come from plants (like our cucumbers) during Sowing Seeds: Farmer’s Market and Harvest Time. Plant Play teaches our visitors how plants grow and thrive, you’ll even go home with your very own leaf rubbing! Nature Treasure Box is one of my favorites,  I find treasures from the outdoors or the Museum collection and share them with visitors – it’s a surprise every time!

We hope to see you at one of our many nature programs at the Museum & Theatre. Here are photos from the cucumber planting!