Gardening and Children
Family Life and Gardening
Kids and Gardens

Quotes     Links     References


Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo








Children have neither past nor future;
and that which seldom happens to us,
they rejoice in the present.
-   Jean de La Bruyere



There are two lasting bequests we can give our children:
one is roots.  The other is wings.
-  Hodding Carter, Jr.



It often happens to children - and sometimes to gardeners - that they are
given gifts of value of which they do not perceive until much later.

-  Wayne Winterrowd



As an avid home gardener and a mother of adopted children,
I'm often struck with the parallels between these two absorbing
lifetime occupations.  Plants and children.  We their nurtures
provide the best home and the most growth-nurturing care that
we know and are capable of at the time.  But in the end, they
both are going to do what they need to do.
-   Helen Chesnut




Compassion and Generosity - Quotes for Gardeners




Hospitality is a form of worship.
-  The Talmud




Nothing grows in our garden, only washing.  And babies.
Dylan Thomas, 1914-1953




If you want children to keep their feet on the ground,
put some responsibility on their shoulders.
-   Abigail Van Buren




There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place
where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning
more fragrant than ever again.
-   Elizabeth Lawrence




Children get smashed for hours on some strictly limited
aspect of the Great Big Everything, the Universe, such
as water or snow or mud or colors or rocks.
-   Kurt Vonnegut




The wonderful thing about garden-based learning is that it's a hands-on,
minds-on experience where my students and I learn together.
Kids and Classrooms




Parents are the bones upon which children sharpen their teeth.
-   Peter Ustinov




A garden must be looked unto and dressed, as the body.
-   George Herber




Every child is born a naturalist. His eyes are, by nature, 
open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers, 
and the mystery of life.  

-  R. Search




In successive censuses gardeners are continuously found 
at the head of the tables of longevity.   

-   William Beach Thomas




A callused palm and dirty fingernails precede a Green Thumb.
Wishes are like seeds, few ever develop into something.
Sitting in a garden and doing nothing is high art everywhere.
Beauty is the Mistress, the gardener Her slave. 
When all the chores are done, the avid gardener will invent some new ones.
Where are the fig blossoms?  Exceptions to every rule.
Only two percent of all insects are harmful.  Why are they all in my garden?
The joyful gardener is evidence of an incarnation.  
To dig is to discover. 
-   Michael P. Garofalo, Pulling Onions




Usually children spend more time in the garden than anybody else.
It is where they learn about the world, because they can be in it
unsupervised, yet protected.  Some gardeners will remember
from their own earliest recollections that no one sees the garden
as vividly, or cares about it as passionately,
as the child who grows up in it.
-   Carol Williams, Bringing a Garden to Life




I'm no good at cooking or music, but I've always known how to garden. 
Nobody ever taught me; I just absorbed it.  Some families 
are churchgoers or sports fans.  We gardened.
-   Thalassa Cruso




In search of my mother's garden, I found my own.
-   Alice Walker




                                if there are any heavens my mother will(all by herself)have
                                one.     It will not be a pansy heaven nor
                                a fragile heaven of lilies-of-the-valley but
                                it will be a heaven of blackred roses

                                my father will be(deep like a rose
                                tall like a rose)

                                standing near my

                                swaying over her
                                with eyes which are really petals and see
                                                   -   e. e. cummings, 1931




One of the greatest virtues of gardening is this perpetual renewal 
of youth and spring, of promise of flower and fruit that can always 
be read in the open book of the garden, by those with an eye to 
see, and a mind to understand. 
-   E.A. Bowles




A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.
If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a
flower garden.   But if these minds get out of harmony with one
another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
-  Buddha




One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin.
-   Shakespeare




A man should never plant a garden larger 
than his wife can take care of.   

-   T.H. Everett




Plants are like people: they're all different and a little bit strange. 
-   John Kehoe




A man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can take care of. 
-   T.H. Everett









Families in the Garden

Links and References



Agriculture for Kids

The Adventures of Squirmin' Herman the Worm

All About Plants
.   A Think Quest website for teachers of 6th grade students.

Berit's Best Sites for Children

Best Kids Garden Book.
   By Sunset Magazine.    Menlo Park, California, Sunset Publishing Company, 1992.

Books About Plants
   By Mary W. Thomas. 

Children's Gardening

Children's Haiku Garden

The Children's Kitchen Garden : A Book of Gardening, Cooking, and Learning.
    By Georgeanne Brennan, Ethel Brennan, Marcel Barchechat, and Ann Arnold.   Ten Speed Press, 1997.  144 pages.  Ages 4-8.  ISBN: 0898158737.   

A Child's Garden : Enchanting Outdoor Spaces for Children and Parents.
   By Molly Dannenmaier and Constance Herndon.  Simon & Schuster, 1998.   208 pages.  ISBN: 0684837250.   

A Child's Garden.
    By the Chevron Chemical Company.  Chevron Chemical Company,
Public Affairs Department, P.O. Box 7144, San Francisco, CA 94120-7144, 1998.

City Farmer:  School Gardens

Composting Activities for Children

Container Gardening For Kids.
   By Ellen Talmage.   New York, Sterling Publishing Company, 1996.   

Cricket Never Does: A Collection of Haiku and Tanka
   By Myra Cohn Livingston.  Illustrated by Kees De Kiefte. Margaret McElderry, 1997.  School and Library Binding.  ISBN: 0689811233.  

Down to Earth : Garden Secrets! Garden Stories! Garden Projects You Can Do! 
By Michael J. Rosen.  Harcourt Brace, 1998.   64 pages.  Ages 9-12.  ISBN: 0152013415.   

EcoKids Online

Environmental Education for Children

Explorations in Composting

Family Fun Magazine - Gardening Ideas

Five Animal Frolics Exercises


The Garden Book.
    By Wes Porter.    New York, Workman Publishing, 1989.

Garden Crafts for Kids: 50 Great Reasons to Get Your Hands Dirty.
   By Diane Rhoades.  Sterling Publications, 1998.   144 pages.   Ages 9-12.  ISBN: 0806909994.   

Gardening for Children: A Handbook.
   Brooklyn, NY,   Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1984. 

Gardening for Kids

Gardening for Kids
.    Gardening Launch Pad.   21K

Garden Fun

Garden Gnome
   Garden calendar, garden hints in a short stories form that kids will enjoy, recipes, showcase of new lawn and garden products, kids' page with fun projects for kids, do-it-yourself projects for lawn and garden, and much more.

Gardening With Children.
By Beth Richardson.  Photography by Lynn Karlin.  Taunton Press, 1998.   153 pages.  ISBN: 1561581925.  

Gardening With Children
  Useful listing of newsletters.

Gardening Tips and Resources  Lots of good resources.  This link was sent to me on 3/1/2013 by Maggie O'Brien a science tutor at the Goodwin Community Center.  Ms. O'Brien is completing her formal teaching credential studies and will graduate in May 2013.   

Gardening Wizardry for Kids.
    By Yvette Santiago and L. Patricia Kite.   Barrons Juveniles, 1995.   220 pages.    Ages 4-8.   ISBN: 0812013174.   

   By Amanda Bennett.  Holly Hall Publications, 1996.  140 pages.  A Unit Study Adventure.  ISBN: 1888306017.  

Geo-Science: K-12 Resources

Getting Little Fingers in the Soil

Grandad's Prayers of the Earth.
   By Douglas Wood.  Illustrated by P.J. Lynch.  Candlewick Press, 1999.   ISBN: 076360660X. 

Great Plant Escape

Green Teacher
  "Green Teacher is a magazine by and for educators to enhance environmental and global education across the curriculum at all grade levels."   

Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening.
    By Laurie Carlson.   Chicago Review Press, 1995.    144 pages.  Ages 4-8.   ISBN: 155652238X.   

Growing with Plants

Guide to Gardening at Home   Thanks to Dakota Lowe on 1/18/2016. 

Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart.
   By Sharon Lovejoy.   Interweave Press, 1994.   ISBN: 0934026904.  

Home Schooling Daily Gardening Page
  An outstanding starting point for good information!! 

I Can Garden - Kidz Korner

Kansas Wheathearts Educational Web Site

Kids and Classrooms

A Kid's First Book of Gardening.
    By Derek Fell.   Philadelphia, Running Press, 1989. 

Kid's Gardening
   A variety of means are used to encourage children to garden: teacher's resources, a garden registry, a magazine, games, FAQs, monthly thematic activities, news and information.    

Kids Gardening Camp

Kids in the Garden
   By Judy White. 

Kids Valley Garden



Learn to Grow!  The Fun of Gardening for Children.   A teacher, Robin Ellis, wrote to me and said

"Your site is such a wonderful and helpful resource and if you wouldn't mind, I think I may have a suggestion that might be able to help. Here is a replacement page that I believe would be extremely beneficial for your gardening and children webpage ( This resource has a great deal of information including importance of growing and caring for plant life and how children can participate at home or in the community to learn more about this ecosystem. I would love for you to look over this resource and let me know if you feel it would be beneficial to your cause. Thank you very much for your time."

Let's Grow! 72 Gardening Adventures with Children.
   By Linda Tilgner.   Pownal, Vermont, Storey Communications, 1988.  

Linda's Garden:  Kid's Gardening Projects

The Lorax's Save the Tree Game

The National Gardening Association.
  For information on gardening projects for children:  180 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401; 800-LETS GROW.

Native American Gardening Books

New Junior Garden Book.
   By Felder Rushing.  Meredith Books, 1999.  Better Home and Gardens. 

The Online Gardener Kids Club

Plants and Gardening Themes for Teachers

Plants and the Environment
.   A Think Quest resource for teachers. 

Plants and Our Environment

Science Fair Projects for Elementary Children

Seeds of Change Garden

Special Needs Family Friendly Fun   Extensive directory of links.  A website devoted to enhancing 
the quality and fun of family life with special needs.

Summer Fun
   By Wendy Hogan. 

Teacher's Resource Center - Hydroponics

Ten Gardening Ideas for Children


Youth Garden Grants Program:
  National Gardening Association

Water - Kids Page

The Victory Garden Kids' Book: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Vegetables, Fruits, and Flowers.
   By Marjorie Waters.   Houghton Mifflin, 1989.  




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