Gardening Links for Families
The world is a hectic place, filled with activities that keep families in
motion. Often, both kids and parents spend their days busy with work, school,
and extracurricular activities. This leaves precious little time to spend on
enjoyable leisure activities as a family unit. Gardening is an activity that
parents can do with their children, regardless of age. Families who garden
together are spending valuable time together working for a common purpose and
building fond memories. Additionally, parents are helping educate their children
and building an appreciation for the environment.
Kinder Garden Resources
Children may begin gardening during their kindergarten years or earlier. Very
young children can start simply by playing in the dirt and mimicking the actions
of a gardening parent. As kids get older, parents or teachers may help them
start their own simple garden at home or at school. Kids who begin gardening
early have an increased chance of developing an appreciation for the activity.
It is also helpful for younger children as they develop motor skills. Gardening
is a beneficial educational activity that allows kids to learn about the
different plant parts and how they grow. For some the gardening skills that they
learn in kindergarten and beyond may become a lifelong hobby or affect future
Online Florist Sites and Other Web Links to Children Activities: On this
Extension Education in Sutton County page, readers will find a list of links
to fun learning activities for children.
Gardening Links to Flower Delivery and Gardening Websites: Readers with
an interest in nature and gardening will appreciate the links found on this
page. The list consists of links about gardening, wildflowers, and
Gardening Resources: This is a list of gardening and gardening related
links on the Lafayette Square Community Garden website.
Websites: Clicking on this link opens up the educational section of the
Bay Area Landscape Resources website. The links on this page include general
gardening advice as well as information about food production, sustainable
gardening, and gardening with kids.
- Botany Resources:
The information on this page is for people who are interested in botany. The
page also includes a few links to flowers and gardening information for
- Online Florist
Websites and Other Greenhouse Gardening Links: People who are interested
in greenhouse gardening will find list of links to related information.
These resources not only include online florist sites, but also links to
resource on university and gardening sites.
Horticulture/ Garden Project and additional resources from Flower Delivery
Websites and More: Read about the Tennessee 4H Horticulture Project and
click on any of the project related resources and activity sheets.
Additional gardening resources are also a part of this page.
Outdoors: Open up this page to a long list of outdoor gardening
resources. Plant encyclopedias, online magazines, seed exchange sites, and
associations are just some of the resources on this page.
- Portsmouth Garden
Club Links Page: On this page there are a list of gardening association,
youth programs, and other external resources.
Gardening for Children: Learn how gardening benefits children in terms
of their educational and developmental skills. Also learn how to start
gardening with children.
Children in the Garden: This article discusses the best ways to start
children gardening. The page covers information that ranges from choosing
seeds and a garden location to the best plants for young beginning
School Gardens Benefit Children: Parents and teachers should review the
list of benefits regarding gardening in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.
Teachers who read the page will find further information on how to start a
Gardening with Young Children: The contents of this page includes
information on what children learn when they are taught to garden, how and
where to start a garden, safety, and the best ways that small children can
Gardening with Children - Every Child Belongs in a Garden: Before
teaching kids how to garden, parents will want to read the information on
this page about the best ways to get started. Plot size, the best types of
plants to grow, and how to make it fun and educational for children are some
of the topics that are discussed on this page.
- My First Garden -
Show Me the Basics: Kids will love this fun gardening page where they
can explore different aspects of gardening by clicking on the appropriate
carrot. Kids can choose to read about selecting a spot, dirt, watering the
garden, or feeding the plants.
Resources for Grownups
Successful gardening requires a basic understanding of a number of topics
including soil care, what plants grow in one's area, and how to actually plant
and care for the garden. For some people, planting may come naturally; however,
others may require a bit of assistance. People can learn how to be better
gardeners by taking one or more gardening classes. Other ways to improve one's
gardening skills is to read the host of gardening tips online or, for specific
questions, to speak to a gardening expert at a local nursery.
Specialty Links: The Beauty of the Bonsai and the Lily
Both a bonsai and lilies are beautiful plants; however, caring for them requires
a degree of knowledge and know-how. Lilies are a type of flowering plant that
can be found around the world. For many, the most recognizable lily is the
Easter lily as it is highly commercialized for gift giving on holidays such as
Easter or Mother's Day. Most true lilies share common traits, with one of them
being their large, trumpet-like flowers. These flowers may come in various
colors depending on the lily, and may even be spotted. Different cultures from
around the world have used specific species of lilies for a variety of purposes
that range from food to decoration. Bonsai trees are miniature trees that are
cultivated and shaped using various pruning and defoliation techniques. They are
styled to have a specific look, most often a shape that can be found in nature.
This is often a very relaxing pastime, however, practice and some instruction is
- Online Florist Links
to Bonsai Information: On this page readers will find three links to
information about the bonsai tree.
- Bonsai Links:
Readers who visit this page will find two columns of links to websites that
feature bonsai-related information.
- Bonsai Tree Resource Page:
This is a page of bonsai tree resources, including links to foundations,
clubs, societies, and associations.
- Interesting Garden Links
from Online Florist and Garden Sites: People who click on this link to
the Mid-America Regional Lily Society can review this list of flower and
flower garden links, including the Missouri Botanical Garden and the
Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri.
Easter Lily: Read how to purchase, care for, and eventually plant Easter
Tips on Growing Lilies (PDF): These tips on growing lilies are from the
North Star Lily Society. The document also includes different types of
lilies and when they typically bloom.
Tiger Lilies: This is a page that explores tiger lilies. Readers will
learn about their characteristics, parts, origins, and are provided with
tips on how to grow them.
Bonsai: Readers who click this link can review the information necessary
to train a bonsai. Following the introduction readers are given information
such as the characteristics of a good bonsai, styles, creating a bonsai
tree, and care and maintenance.
Bonsai Care (PDF): Review this information for advice on seasonal care,
soil mixes and fertilizers for healthy bonsai.
Consider the Art of Bonsai: This is an article from the Iowa State
University Extension News about the art of bonsai. The article discusses a
little of its history, and briefly reviews how to get started.