The GARDENS DAY is a free event scheduled on February 24th at Explora, the Children’s Museum of Roma, dedicated to vegetable gardens for inclusive early childhood education for early childhood and primary school teachers and school managers, for educators and museum professionals.

The GARDENS DAY is part of GARDENStoGROW Urban Horticulture for Innovative and Inclusive Early Childhood Education, a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, which is focused on creating educational vegetable gardens and training courses for early childhood teachers and school managers to set up and manage themselves a permanent vegetable garden in their schools. 



05:30 pm PLENARY SESSION: Welcome speech by Patrizia Tomasich, Explora Director;

Data and analyses of the Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020. Perspectives for the new 2021-2027 Programme, by Stefano Aiello, Erasmus+ Indire National Agency – KA2 Strategic Partnerships Office;
The value of contact with Nature and children’s direct experience for growing up, by Nice Terzi, board member of Gruppo Nazionale Nidi-Infanzia (GNNI).

06:00 pm  

PANEL – English-speaking meeting, moderator Anna Codazzi, Explora.

The three pillars of #LuissCommunityGarden: Luiss, the community and vegetable gardens, by Caterina Gianni, LUISS G. Carli;

Vegetable gardens at school, the experience of the Dungannon Primary School of Northern Ireland and the Escuela de Educación Infantil El Castellar of Bullas, by David Thompson and Maria Garcia Fernandez of Fundación Tierra Integral.


GARDENStoLEARN is a free online course to plant and care for a vegetable garden in your school;
Life in the garden: how to recognise diseases and harmful insects, by Nicola Michelon, a research fellow at the Department of Agricultural and Food Science and Technology (DISTAL) – ALMA MATER STUDIORUM University of Bologna;
Nature in a pot: the microcosm of our gardens, by Raniero Maggini, President of WWF in Rome and Metropolitan Area; 
Vegetable gardens and inclusion: best practices and self-observation tools, by Paola Corsano, Full Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Parma – Department of Human, Social Sciences and Cultural enterprises by Lina Gaudiomonte and Francesca Notargiovanni, teachers at the Claudio Abbado Comprehensive School – E. Pistelli early childhood school.


A garden to wear. Colourful, extravagant and amazing: the seeds, the guardians of biodiversity, store the genes of future plants. A creative workshop to make a bracelet of seeds.
Let’s play the vegetable garden. A vegetable garden is not only about plants and fruits; it’s an ecosystem we can discover through play to learn how to recognise and distinguish useful insects from enemies of vegetables.
The nursery bed. How to create a safe environment for seed germination, with recycled materials to sow seeds in all seasons.
The shapes of nature. Introduction to Me and Nature, a themed activity dedicated to early childhood to understand the world around us.


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