Marigolds, the flower of Dia De Los Muertos

Our class at VBGC landed right on November 2nd which is Dia De Los Muertos! All the kids knew a bit about this Mexican holiday, and some shared with me that their parents had an altar at their homes. They shared with me what some of the items on the altar meant, like the water and food. We went into deeper discussion about this holiday, especially about the role of marigolds, which can be found growing in our own garden. A variety of marigold is native to Mexico and it’s bright color and smell are said to guide the spirits to the altar. All the VBGC members had the chance to do their own small bouquet to take home to their families. Since we didn’t have a whole lot of marigolds, we added in other kinds of flowers.

Our snack of the day was a salad, with dressing that the members had the chance to make themselves with my guidance.

First broccoli of the season at the garden!

Salad dressing making!

Our Dia de Los Muertos bouquets!

-Ranger Cindy

Cindy Soto