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Winter Articles and Activities

So it’s the winter season, and my kids and I have been thinking about purchasing some new indoor plants to spruce up the house. Of course instead of having another typical plant shopping trip, I begin thinking about how to make this...
Preparing to make winter yard art. The frequent snowfall where I live provides my family with opportunities to ski, play outside and spend quality time shoveling out the driveway again and again, and...
Bright winterberries just cannot be beat for festive winter color. (image by Jessie Keith)It’s amazing how the holiday season hits us earlier every year. It is a shock to see the overnight transition from the Halloween décor at the local...
December is a busy month of decorating, parties, shopping, shopping, and oh yeah, shopping. Like my spouse, my children love to shop – they are happy to spend hours browsing through the stores, especially toy and book stores.  This...

Spring Articles and Activities

When we have breakfast each day, we can thank honeybees for making our meal possible by pollinating the blueberries on our cereal, oranges for our juice, or almonds in our muffins. Honeybees are powerhouse pollinators, the most important...
When it comes to designing your home garden, half the fun is in the planning. Your yard reflects your family's own style, your garden's conditions, and your region's climate. While there are plenty of resources to advise you on the last...
How can you tell time in the garden without using a watch? Check and see what’s blooming! Flowers have amazing adaptations to attract pollinators. Their scent, colors, and shapes have evolved to draw these vital critters towards them,...
This spring, try using natural dyes to decorate your Easter Eggs.
With young children, there are few lazy days of summer. Most days are filled with intense constructive projects from blanket forts to tree houses With young children, there are few lazy days of summer. Most days are filled with intense...

Summer Articles and Activities

What's growing in your backyard? You don't have to travel far to make botanical discoveries. Perhaps you've wondered what type of tree is growing in your backyard or discovered a beautiful new flower blooming in your perennial bed....
               
Observe the lifecycle of the butterfly with your own Painted Lady Caterpillars. Welcome Caterpillars and Butterflies to your Schoolyard
When we have breakfast each day, we can thank honeybees for making our meal possible by pollinating the blueberries on our cereal, oranges for our juice, or almonds in our muffins. Honeybees are powerhouse pollinators, the most important...
No time to garden because your summer schedule is full?  For a part time garden experience with the full benefit of fresh vegetables, adopt a school garden! In the summer months, students and faculty leave the school campus for break...

Fall Articles and Activities

One of the most interesting theme gardens you can plant with your children is a butterfly garden. A butterfly garden provides a colorful array of nectar-producing plants that not only attract butterflies and hummingbirds, but can also draw...
What better way to celebrate your child’s spring or summer birthday than with a garden party? Although fancy dresses and tea sandwiches may come to mind, kids love to run around outside, play games and get their hands into the dirt-- all...
Growing an edible family garden is a great way to get your kids excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables. It also provides a terrific opportunity to give back to your community.
Courtesy of cool autumn temperatures, wilted leaves in our family pumpkin patch revealed several bright orange pumpkins-- an exciting site for my children who have been involved in their care since planting the seeds months ago.
A beautiful, double sunflower before it's begun to product seeds

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