We’re touched to be featured today in the fabulous CHARLIE. Play Garden’s founder, Maren Anderson, was selected as one of the magazine’s 50 Most Progressive people in Charleston. This annual publication celebrates the top most forward-thinking locals who are making a positive impact on the future of Charleston.

In the article, journalist Carter Worrell Dandridge writes:

An educator at heart, Maren loves to learn. And then she loves to share that knowledge. With a Masters in Education, she broadened her nutritional comprehension at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition while living in California. She brought her west coast ways back to Charleston, bursting with excitement to communicate all she’d learned with others.

The Play Garden is where she teaches by doing: it boasts all green products, from a cedar floor and non-toxic art supplies to all chemical-free cleaning products and eco-friendly toys. Meals are organic, peanut-free and always nutritious. Children are guided through yoga, creative arts and sensory learning, but are never required to participate in any activity.

Read the full article here. Just be sure to grab a cup of coffee first — you may get lost in reading about the other 49 Most Progressive Charlestonians.

Photo thanks to Andrew Stephen Cebulka at CHARLIE