Gardeners and horticulturists have intuitively known for a long time that kids love to garden, and gardening develops children in many different ways.
They learn the rhythms of nature, the character-building virtues of patience, responsibility, sharing, acceptance of loss, experience the joys of seeing planted seeds and bulbs sprout and eventually bloom, and many others. Gardening offers a vehicle to teach many things including: science, botany, ethnobotany, language, history, recycling (composting), math (calculating volumes, numbers of plants or seeds, weights, areas, etc.), agriculture, entomology, plant pathology, soils, and lots more.
As any gardener knows, cultivating plants is relaxing, exciting, and interesting!
Recently, studies have been undertaken to scientifically verify what we have known all along - that gardening is good for you.
These resources wil help adults and youth tap into resources on the web to make the most of gardening experiences for kids.
Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program - National
Children Enjoy Growing Zinnias
Children's Gardening Books
Children's Gardening Grants
Composting for Kids
Gator Gardening for Kids (Florida)
Missouri Botanic Garden's Kids Learning
More Projects, Products, and Grants for Children's Gardening
KidsGardening - National Gardening Association
National Junior Horticultural Assocation
Seeds of Change Garden
USDA for Kids (United States Dept. of Agriculture) U.S. EPA Explorers Club
Give Water A Hand - for young people taking action in their communityWisconsin Fast Plants - a science education program