INDOOR GARDENING : GARDENING : HORTICULTURE : CHILDREN: Children Can Grow Along with the Houseplants They Tend

David P. Dillard
 

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Children Can Grow Along with the Houseplants They Tend

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Children Can Grow Along with the Houseplants They Tend

Kari Richardson

Chicago Tribune

October 30, 2015

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/home/ sc-houseplants-teach-children-home-garden-1109-20151030-story.html

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Children seem to have an innate need to nurture living things. In summer, it's easy to satisfy that need by dedicating a sunny corner of the yard to growing a tomato or carrot crop.

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But growing plants indoors whether due to inhospitable weather or lack of space is another, often overlooked option.

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"Plants bring a house to life," says Sharon Lovejoy, an author-illustrator who enjoys connecting children with nature. "Having a green, growing thing to tend is a wonderful relationship for a child." Lovejoy is the author of "Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together With Children" (Workman) and "Camp Granny" (Workman).

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Houseplants offer some advantages over garden beds. Living in close proximity to plants allows children to play an even greater role in their care, as well as to observe things that might go unnoticed in an outdoor setting, where interactions are more sporadic. Plants might be kept in a child's room, too, as long as there's sufficient light.

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Caring for a houseplant may even teach life lessons, says Randy Seagraves, curriculum director for the International Junior Master Gardener Program and extension program specialist with Texas A&M AgrilLife Extension Service. Children learn how to consider the needs of another living thing and the consequences if you don't. Another possible plus for parents: Houseplants come without the full-scale responsibility of a pet.

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"Growing something teaches kids the concept of delayed gratification," Seagraves adds. "When you plant a seed or take care of a plant, you have to take care of it over a period of time."

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Kids can benefit at almost any age, taking on more responsibility as they mature. Preschool-age children can mist leaves with a sprayer or clean dusty plants with a sponge.

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Topics Covered in This Article:

Plants that multiply

Tough plants

Edible plants

Plants for experimentation

Let kids choose their own

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Books by Sharon Lovejoy

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Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children
Illustrated by Sharon Lovejoy
Edition illustrated
Publisher Workman Publishing, 1999
ISBN 0761110569, 9780761110569
Length 159 pages

http://tinyurl.com/pooofn2

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Trowel and Error
Author Sharon Lovejoy
Edition illustrated
Publisher Workman Publishing, 2003
ISBN 0761126325, 9780761126324
Length 206 pages

Subjects

Gardening
Reference

http://tinyurl.com/p4a3hfv

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Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks
Author Sharon Lovejoy
Photographs by Miki Duisterhof
Edition illustrated
Publisher Workman Publishing, 2010
ISBN 0761150439, 9780761150435
Length 205 pages

http://tinyurl.com/pcdq7ac

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Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart
Author Sharon Lovejoy
Illustrated by Sharon Lovejoy
Edition illustrated
Publisher Interweave Press, 1994
ISBN 0934026904, 9780934026901
Length 95 pages

http://tinyurl.com/navs5lj

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Running Out of Night
Author Sharon Lovejoy
Edition illustrated
Publisher Random House Children's Books, 2014
ISBN 0385744099, 9780385744096
Length 304 pages

http://tinyurl.com/pwpbyet

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Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages
Author Sharon Lovejoy
Edition reissue
Publisher Interweave Press, 1995
ISBN 1883010004, 9781883010003
Length 144 pages

http://tinyurl.com/pw9gzt8

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