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Autism and Gardening

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Benefits of gardening with children diagnosed with autism:

  • Gardens engage the senses without being over stimulating. Children can explore different colors, textures, smells, and sounds in a calming, natural setting.
  • Gardening provides opportunities for children to hone gross and fine motor skills.
  • Gardening allows for repetitive activities, yet still offers some challenge by providing constant change. You can establish a comforting routine (gather needed tools, check on the plants, pull a few weeds, water, etc.), but there will be subtle changes to engage the curiosity of the child with each visit such as ripening tomatoes, new insects to observe, flower buds opening, and leaves changing colors.
  • Gardening is an activity that can be shared. There are many opportunities for positive social interaction and teamwork.

Children with autism bloom in programs that couple inviting garden spaces with appropriately designed horticultural therapy activities. “Many children with autism are calmer and not as anxiety-ridden in the garden space,” shares Gwenn Fried, Manager of Rusk Horticultural Therapy Services at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, NY.

Planting Day Event

Organizing a special planting day event provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize the contributions of sponsors and volunteers who helped in the planning process, attract the attention of the media and government officials while promoting the garden to the community, and last but not least, actually get the plants in the ground.

Congratulations 2013 Midwest Garden Grant Winners!

We are proud to present this year's Midwest Garden Grant Winners! Winners will receive a garden package valued over $900.  

 

4-H Garden and Grow Community Garden at Don Warden Community Garden - West Plains, MO

 

Voots® "Get Kids Growing" Garden Grants

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We love fruits and vegetables! NEW Voots® kids supplements are made from Vitamin C and a blend of 11 real fruits and veggies. Voots® Veggie-Fruit Tarts are the latest product introduction from Pharmavite LLC, a trusted manufacturer of high-quality vitamins for more than 40 years under the Nature Made brand. For more information, please visit Voots.com.

†Voots® supplements contain a 550mg blend of 11 fruits and vegetables. Voots® supplements are not intended to replace your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, which are important sources of fiber and additional nutrients.

Congratulations to the 2013 Voots® "Get Kids Growing" Garden Grant Winners! 20 winner across the United States have been selected to receive gardening packages valued over $700!

Salsa Garden

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Growing a salsa garden is an easy and delicious way to spotlight cultural history and teach about nutritious foods.

National Gardening Association teams up with Scott's Miracle Gro in the 2013 GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Award Program

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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Scotts Company LLC, is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care, with products for professional horticulture as well. The Company's brands are the most recognized in the industry. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts®, Miracle-Gro® and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. In the U.S., we operate Scotts LawnService®, the second largest residential lawn care service business. Visit us at www.scotts.com.

National Gardening Association is proud to announce our partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Scotts Miracle-Gro in the 2013 GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Award program.

Changing the World, One Garden at a Time

When PS 41 in Greenwich Village, New York was chosen to receive one of the National Gardening Association’s Adopt a School Garden grants sponsored by Organic Valley, parent volunteer Vicki Sando could not have imagined that their container garden that’s maintained by the Kindergarten class, would turn into a nearly

Voots® "Get Kids Growing" Garden Grants

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Sponsor

We love fruits and vegetables! NEW Voots® kids supplements are made from Vitamin C and a blend of 11 real fruits and veggies. Voots® Veggie-Fruit Tarts are the latest product introduction from Pharmavite LLC, a trusted manufacturer of high-quality vitamins for more than 40 years under the Nature Made brand. For more information, please visit Voots.com.

†Voots® supplements contain a 550mg blend of 11 fruits and vegetables. Voots® supplements are not intended to replace your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, which are important sources of fiber and additional nutrients.

Voots® Veggie-Fruit Tarts and Kidsgardening.org in Partnership with Celebrity Mom Christina Milian Hosted “Get Kids Growing” Interactive Gardening Workshop on Saturday March 9

Kids Learned Importance of Having Fruits and Veggies in Their Diets by Planting Their Own Carrots and Tomatoes

2013 Youth Garden Grant Winners

The National Gardening Association and The Home Depot would like to congratulate the 2013 Youth Garden Grant Winners. Here are some tips and ideas from the inspirational programs receiving the top Youth Garden Grant awards:

Companion Planting

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Download related lesson plan Growing Garden Companions.

Arranging crops so they complement each other in some way is known as companion planting. Plants that have different requirements — for nutrients, sunlight, and space, for instance — often make good garden buddies. Because they are unlikely to compete for resources, you can plant them close together to save space. What's more, some combinations can actually help one or more of the companions flourish. Consider the following factors:

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