Additional references on children and gardening

By: Lee Neff

Lee Neff is a garden writer and occasional contributor to Pacific Horticulture. She lives and gardens in Kingston, Washington, where…

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For more information on the critical role of gardening, nature, and play in child development, as discussed in the article on the new Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, by Lee and John Neff in the July 2011 issue of Pacific Horticulture, consider the following resources provided by the authors:


Casey, Theresa. Inclusive Play: Practical Strategies for Children from Birth to Eight. 2010. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Dannenmaier, Molly. 2008. A Child’s Garden: 60 Ideas to Make Any Garden Come Alive for Children. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, updated and expanded edition. 2008. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books.

Moore, Robin C. 1993. Plants for Play: A Plant Selection Guide for Children’s Outdoor Environments. Berkeley, CA: MIG Communications.

Nabhan, Gary Paul, and Stephen Trimble. The Geography of Childhood. 1994. Boston: Beacon Press.

Experience, Explore, Learn: The Amazing World of Play. 2011. Seattle: Talaris Institute. A 20-minute video available from

The Children and Nature Network:

The Spiral Garden at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital:


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