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Monarch butterfly on butterfly bush (image by Denise Pierce).

Plants attract birds, butterflies – and kids!

There goes my daughter, Maya, helping her “papa” (grandpa) feed the birds again. It’s a very important job for her when she goes over to visit – scooping the bird seed from the big plastic bins in his garage and carefully pouring it into one of the many bird feeders hanging from his front tree like so much ripe fruit. Now […]

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Cemetery Plot in Italy

Life and death

My English teacher would feel very smug if she knew how much I write daily. And I thought I’d never have to put a sentence together once I’d left school! But I’ve been writing ever since. First it was bulb catalogues, then moved to all the other usual business stuff (plans, proposals, plant profiles, presentations, […]

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Bonfire Choc Red admired by children and adults!

Turns out gardening has some healthy side effects!

We know gardening makes us feel good, but did you know it can actually improve our health in many tangible ways? Here are some healthy “side effects” of digging in the dirt, according to Australia’s Nursery and Garden Industry (NGIA): Being around plants indoors helps people concentrate better at home and in the workplace. Studies show […]

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Kids working in school gardens

Green Thumbs Make Better Thinkers

“Green Thumbs Make Better Thinkers.” That was the headline of a featured article in this past Sunday’s (Aug. 8, 2010) edition of Australia’s Sunday Herald Sun. It was sent to me by Anthony Tesselaar, head of Australia’s Tesselaar Plants. “Spending time gardening,” read the feature, “is linked to improved reading, writing and numeracy skills in children, reports a new United Kingdom study.” […]

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