How To Plan a Garden for Kids (Google / How to do things)

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How To Plan a Garden for Kids

Gardening is a wonderful introduction to science and nature. If you are looking for a special way to spend time with a child in your life, think about planning a garden for kids. The garden can be big or small; the point is to have fun, spend time outdoors, and introduce children to gardening!

  1. Give the kids a chance for creative input. Although the kids shouldn’t have complete control, since they don’t have the skills to plan out an entire garden, they should be able to have a lot of creative input. Ask kids what they want most in a garden and incorporate that into the garden.
  2. Keep veto power. When you are planning a garden for kids, make sure you retain the executive power! You don’t want them planting anything that will be way too much trouble to take care of or is not likely to grow in your climate.
  3. Think instant gratification. Sooner is better in gardens planned for kids. Since even a lot of adults don’t have very long attention spans, keep in mind that plants which take a very long time to germinate or bloom may be disappointing, especially for young children.
  4. Consider colors. In children’s gardens, you want bright, impressive colors that will excite the children’s imagination! Try brightly colored flowers that are easy to grow, such as locally blooming wildflowers. Plant contrasting colors near to each other for maximum effect.
  5. Plan patterns. It can be fun to measure out a shape or a letter and plant a certain color of flowers in that shape. If you’ve ever seen children near the Mickey Mouse-shaped garden at Disneyland, you know what an effect this could have on children!
  6. Think about an edible garden. A garden for kids can be educational even if that purpose is hidden. Educating the children about good nutrition is very easy when using a garden. Simply grow vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, and radishes, which do not take much work or time, and have a salad when you harvest the vegetables.


If you don’t have a yard, consider container gardening. Many plants can be grown inside as well as outside and will brighten up your home or classroom as well.

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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