Beet The striped varieties are favorites. Bunny Tails (Lagrus ovatus) grass with fluffy
Why Teach Kids To Garden? Broccoli Try Minaret, it looks like tiny spiral poofs on the ends.
towers and tastes delicious. Love in a Mist (Nigella) – Seed pods are fun to
Gardening with children can be one of the most Brussels Sprouts Fun to harvest, easy to grow, pop.
rewarding experiences for both the child and try ‘Valiant’ for excellent flavor. Morning Glory & Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea)
their parents or mentors. Children are natural Carrot Thumbelina and Little Finger are cute, fast growing, showy flowering vines.
gardeners they are curious, learn by doing, and snacking varieties. Marigold Aromatic, easy to grow from seed.
love to play in the dirt. Working together in the Chard Bright Lights and Rainbow will brighten Nasturtium (Tropaeolum) Rambling mass of
garden can provide hours of quality time each up the vegetable garden. bright, edible flowers.
week and encourages a child’s interest in the Corn Try Bodacious, Precocious (early), Pansy Cute little flowers, easy to grow, lots of
workings of nature and science, experiencing the Kandy Corn, Zea Mays (ornamental) color variation.
cycles of life first hand. Giving a child her/his Cucumber Great for trellising and a crowd Salvia Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds
own space teaches responsibility and allows for pleaser. with tasty nectar and bright colors.
creativity and a sense of pride in producing food Dill Tall and feathery, has great taste and Snapdragons Fun dragon mouths that open and
or growing a bounty of wildflowers. As an smell. close.
added bonus, the whole family ends up with Eggplant Bambino is a cute variety to try. Sunflower Huge and captivating, attracts birds,
fresh food and a new appreciation of vegetables. Fennel Yummy leaves and seeds, attracts has edible seeds, and easy to grow. Try:
beneficial insects. Teddy Bear, Giant Sungold, Big Smile.
Gourd Try Swan, Caveman’s Club, Autumn Strawflower (Helichrysum bracteatum) Fun
Tips For Gardening With Kids Wings for interesting shapes. shapes and great as a dried flower.
Lettuce Easy to grow nearly year round and Sweet Peas Smell sweet and easy to grow.
best when cut fresh from the garden. Zinnia Wonderfully bright array of colors.
☻Give them their own space either raised
Mint Chocolate, Apple, Orange, Pineapple, and Flowering Perennials
beds, pots, or ground plots make sure each child
Peppermint have wonderful scent and taste. Bee Balm (Monarda) Bright flowers attract
has their own space.
Pineapple Sage Smells sweet, attracts hummingbirds/butterflies.
☻Keep it small a smaller space is more hummingbirds.
manageable and everything seems larger through Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguinens)
Peas Sugar Snap and Cascade are great for velvety blackred with chocolate smell.
a child’s eyes. Start small and increase with age
cooking and snacking. Coreopsis Feathery foliage and continuous
Potato Blue and Cranberry Red varieties are golden flowers.
☻Placement in the best possible spot near the delightful excuses for playing in the dirt.
action, in the best sun and (prepared) soil, will Pumpkin Try smaller varieties like Baby Boo,
Echinacea Has an intriguing texture to its
optimize success. Jack Be Little, and Fairy Tale. center, blooms summer till fall, and is a
☻Use serious tools and work gloves cheap Radish Easter Egg and Breakfast are tasty medicinal herb.
plastic tools break and frustrate the new varieties and rewarding producers. Gaillardia Loads of daisylike flowers in
gardener. Squash Flying Saucer, Starship, 8Ball, warm colors all summer long.
☻Engage kids in the entire process from seed to and Sunburst all have great shapes.
table. Strawberry Alpine, Seascape, Hood are
☻Choose interesting (smell, touch, taste) delicious and abundant producers.
and colorful plants that are easy to grow. Sunflower Plant edible seed varieties like
Tomato Bite size Cherry, Yellow Pear, and
Edible Suggestions Grape are sweet and popular with kids.
Beans Scarlet Runner & Painted Lady have
colorful seeds & flowers that hummingbirds Flowering Annuals
love. Calendula Edible, sure bloomer, nice aroma.
Perennials Cont'd… Books: Gardening with Kids
Daisy (Leucanthemum) - A classic in the Children’s Gardens: A Field Guide for Teachers,
garden. Parents, and Volunteers by Elizabeth Bremner &
Delphinium - Intense shades of blue, tall and John Pusey. Great Plants
whimsical. And Ideas
Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) - Very soft Dig, Plant, Grow: A Kid’s Guide to Gardening
and true to its name.
By Felder Rushing For a Child’s
Lavender (Lavendula) – Lovely, calming Great Gardens for Kids
scent, attracts wildlife, drought tolerant. by Clare Matthews
Poppies - Provides great color, easy to grow,
Icelandic Mix & Oriental varieties. Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots: Gardening
Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia) - Huge colorful Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy
flower stalks, drought resistant.
Sempervirens -Weird looking succulents, Local Resources
drought tolerant, try Hens & Chicks or Growing Gardens-Community outreach through
Cobweb Houseleek. school gardens and the Boys & Girls Club,
volunteer/community involvement opportunities.
Contact: Caitlin 503-284-8420
Teepees - These are easy to make
by lashing 3-5 poles or sticks Old McDonald’s Farm-Offers classes, summer &
together , stringing wire or special needs programs & camps, day visits,
twine around for beans, “Farmer For a Day” sleep-overs, & seasonal
morning glory, gourds, or activities.
cucumber to grow upon. Make Contact: 503-695-3316
them tall enough for a child to www.oldmcdonaldsfarm.org
Zenger Farm-Offers after school classes, summer
Sunflower or Corn House - Can be created by camp, and day activities.
strategically planting seeds 5 rows thick to form Contact: 503-2824245, Education Coordinator
walls, use beans in their place to make windows.
Topiary animals - Create different animals and
Portland Community Gardens/Friends of
objects out of chicken wire, then grow ivy vines or
Portland Community Gardens – After school
morning glory over the wire.
participation in 3 community gardens and summer
Helpful websites: Contact: 503-823-1612, 503-823-1617
www.kidsgardening.com email- firstname.lastname@example.org
www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/firstgarden/ *Check out our additional pamphlets for growing tips
on vegetables, annuals, perennials, and other specifics.
Compiled By Alison McKenzie