It’s hard to believe another school year has come and gone. If you are like I was when I had a child
at home for the summer, I was always trying to think of fun, imaginable, creative things we could do
together outdoors. Maybe this year might be the year you and the kiddos plant a “Theme Garden”.
It is a great way to share your love for gardening with children of all ages. As you brainstorm
different ideas together, you’ll be surprised at the creativity and imagination they have.
Here are a few fun-themed ideas:
- A Butterfly Garden: Include plants that attract butterflies to your
- A Book Garden: Pick out a book together with a garden theme
and then try to recreate it, such as “Peter Rabbit”.
- Sunflower House by Eve Bunting. This is a tale about inventive
children who plant some summer fun.
- Planting a Rainbow by Eric Carle. This mini-book includes a
piece of detachable seed-embedded paper housed on the inside
front cover. Readers can plant the entire piece of paper and watch
as their very own tiny seeds grow into beautiful wildflowers.
- A Rainbow Garden: Use plants whose flowers or leaves show
off the different colors of the rainbow … blues, oranges, yellows,
reds, greens, pinks.
- A Zoo Garden: Include plants who share names with animals like,
Lamb’s Ear, Catnip, Hens and Chicks, and Horse Herb.
Shades of Green is here to help you get started with a wide selection of plants, containers, and all the
items you need, along with a knowledgeable staff to help you create your children’s theme garden.