1) Grow food that’s fun to eat. All berry plants are a huge hit with children, because they are easy for their small hands to pick and a sweet reward for their gardening help. Raspberries also fit on fingertips for a portable snack!
2) Grow food for birds. Native plants each provide flowers, fruits, seeds or shelter that attract native songbirds which are fascinating for children to observe. These plants are a beautiful addition to your garden, too!
3) Plant a tree to celebrate a special occasion, whether in your own yard or as a part of community volunteering, a tree that planted together is a touchstone for a child’s life from then on.
4) Create a sensory walk. Fragrant-leafed herbs inspire “scratch ‘n sniff” garden tours or tea parties, and plants with super-soft leaves create comfy beds for elves and fairies!
5) Add some art. Children love to make a garden their own by creating painted rocks, signs, scarecrows, or steppingstones.
Emily Bishton directs the Magnuson Jr. Nature Explorers Program. Visit Emily at www.greenlightgardening.com