Children have neither past nor
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.
One touch of Nature makes
the whole world kin.
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 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.
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 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.
Gardens. 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 (http://www.gardenforever.com/pages/learn-to-grow.html). 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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This webpage was last modified or updated by Mike Garofalo on January 18, 2016.