Gardening with Kids – Guest Post by Stacy Tornio

<A HREF=””> Widgets</A>

Stacy Tornio, author of the new book PROJECT GARDEN, offers this guest post about gardening with kids. For more great ideas to do with kids outside, look for Stacy鈥檚 book on Amazon. 

Or enter to win a copy here.  (

When kids take ownership of their garden, it鈥檚 a beautiful thing. I鈥檓 a big advocate of letting kids pick out their own plants, giving them their own space or just make decisions about their garden in general. It鈥檚 just like cooking鈥攊f you let kids make it, they鈥檙e more likely to eat it. And it鈥檚 the same for gardening. If you involve kids in the early process, they鈥檙e more likely to take care of it long-term.

One of my favorite ways to do this is by picking out fun plants. You can do this with family names鈥攎y daughter Annabelle loves Annabelle鈥檚 hydrangea. And we are planning to plant Jack in the Pulpit this year for my son, Jack. Another way to create a fun garden is to choose themed plants. For instance, an all white garden, a daisy garden or one of our favorites鈥攁n animal garden.

My first book, a picture book, is about animal plants ( Cathy’s Animal Garden ). So I wanted to take a minute to give you a few more plants to try with animal names. I hope you have fun with this. Create your own unique space, and let the kids pick them out!

Animal Plants

      Butterfly weed
      Tiger lily
      Elephant ear
      Hens and chicks
      Leopard鈥檚 bane
      Lambs鈥 ear
      Bee balm
      Spider flower
      Cardinal flower
      Monkey grass
      Snake鈥檚 head fritillary
      Butterfly bush
      Dragon鈥檚 bloom sedum

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Project Garden today:


Related Post: The Joy of Grandchildren in the Garden

Gardening with Kids – Guest Post by Stacy Tornio

The Joy of Grandchildren in the Garden

“For you, Grandpa”

The joy of watching my grandson explore the garden is beyond explanation. When he was less than two years old, we would walk around the yard together, and by year-end he could identify the different plants. “Day are comeen up! Da Beans!” he would say. 

Raygano… Basil…

It takes me back to when I received my first gardening excitement at his age, following my father around our organic garden in Marin County. We moved every year or two until I was twelve, and I could swear he moved the whole garden with us, because there it would be again, at the new place!

My dad’s garden in 2010

My father is still gardening and sells his delicious produce at the Mt. Shasta Farmer’s Market. 

When he comes to visit us in San Diego, we know we are going to get something! Last week, it was pears from his tree & fresh baked sourdough bread. Before that, freezer loganberry jam. Always something new, organic, and delicious.

The necessity of children learning their connection to the dirt at an early age cannot be overemphasized! It will last a lifetime and will span generations of earth lovers! 

Here are a few more of my favorite pictures of my Grandson Micah in our garden:

Our first corn harvest. Micah likes his sweet corn raw.

Take THAT Farmville!

—– Bookmark —–
The Joy of Grandchildren in the Garden