KidsGardening Announces Activities to Promote Kids Garden Month
Garden center customers come to us at key moments in their lives … wanting to teach their children where food comes from, landscaping a new home, or buying their first houseplant. These touchpoints provide opportunities to deepen customer relationships and provide education for longtime gardening success – especially for youth and family.
KidsGardening is partnering with AmericanHort to bring the industry a free 90- minute webinar: “Engaging Families in Growing the Next Generation of Gardeners” at 12 p.m. April 5.
This webinar will feature:
Tips to create family-friendly spaces at your garden center
Discussion about the best youth gardening products
Details on three highly popular kids’ gardening activities you can easily implement with limited resources
And best practices for creating opportunities and experiences to engage family audiences
You will also have the opportunity to share ideas, challenges, and successes in reaching this audience while learning from others during small breakout groups as we work to build and strengthen your community of independent garden retailers.
Register for the event here.
“We celebrate kid gardeners all year,” says Em Shipman, executive director of KidsGardening, a national nonprofit and leader in the youth gardening movement. “During Kids Garden Month, we want to lift the many positive benefits gardening has on kids themselves. This year, our Kids Garden Month contest asks kids to tell us how their garden takes care of them.”
KidsGardening encourages parents, caregivers, and educators to ask the kids they garden with to think about all the ways gardening improves their lives. For example, gardening might create opportunities for community connection, allow time with friends and family, offer a place to relax or be inspired, provide food, or make their world a more beautiful place.
“When kids connect to, build positive associations with, and feel cared for by nature they are more likely to grow up to be environmental stewards. Our relationship with the earth is reciprocal and the sooner kids learn this, the better off we will all be,” notes Shipman.
As part of the celebrations, on April 14, KidsGardening is hosting a “For Kids By Kids!” Livestream Garden Chat. Dynamic kid gardeners Kendall Rae Johnson, age 6, Te’Lario Watkins II, age 14, and Emma Biggs, age 16 will share advice and inspiration with fellow young gardeners.
More information on the Kids Garden Month contest or the “For Kids By Kids!” Livestream Garden Chat can be found at KidsGardening.org.