|'SWEET MUSETTE' Schreiner 1986|
Later, my parents continued that legacy--one that I hope I have passed on to my children and grandchildren.
|'PHOTOGENIC' Ghio 2006 'ARISTOCRACY' Keppel 2006 |
'SOUTHERN MORNING' Metler 2011
My granddaughters Eliza and Paige in the garden picking flowers to make arrangements.
Some interesting facts about gardening and what it teaches:
- Patience. Waiting for plants to grow and then bloom takes time, sometimes more than a year
- Creativity. Planning a garden with a color scheme or a bed with companion plants encourages creativity
- Responsibility. Planting, weeding, watering and general care takes commitment
- A sense of accomplishment. Seeing a plant grow from a seed or rhizome to fruition gives a feeling of success
- Family devotion. When we spend quality time together by participating in a common interest, we foster love and respect
|'QUEEN IN CALICO' Gibson 1980|
|'MARY FRANCES' Gaulter 1973|
Eliza has an interest in irises. She helps water, weed and deadhead the blooms.
This year she's going to start planting.
"Children who first encounter irises in childhood have an uncanny way of growing up to be lovers of all things iris--to grow them and possibly even hybridizing them." (Pat Otterness, "Kid's Eye View," TALL TALK, Spring 2012)
|'SKYHOOKS' Osborn 1980|
|'THEATER' Keppel 1981|
|'DREAM TEAM' Johnson 2007|
|'RINGO' Shoop 1979|
Eliza has enjoyed the flower garden since she was a two year-old. Now ten,
she, with other young gardeners, may be the future of the American Iris Society
|'BUBBLING OVER' Ghio 1992|
If you have experience involving or encouraging youth to garden, I'd love to hear what you've done!
For more information on kids in the garden here are some excellent links: