Botanical scrapbook, obtained from a private collection

In 1929, a decree was published in the Government Gazette (Government Gazette 309/24-8-1929) for the establishment of school gardens in Elementary schools, which would contribute to the teaching of naturalist courses and to the acquisition of skills by students related to the cultivation of the land. Despite the difficulties, many public schools maintained school gardens until the 1960s, giving their young students a unique opportunity for experiential learning. Many children became nature’s little explorers and had their personal botanical scrapbook in which they assembled leaves, flowers and fruits’ seeds.