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April is the perfect time to get kids into the garden | National Garden Month

Every April communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month.

Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve. Being outside is proven to help kids perform better at school and community spirit grows.

This all sounds like a major win/win to me! So, let\’s all turn off Netflix, stop watching CNN, and let Mother Earth unleash her healing wonders upon us by joining the celebration that makes America a greener, healthier, more livable place!

My book, A Year in The Secret Garden is also a resource for shooing our youngsters outside. As the world continues to be brought to their needs by an unrelenting pandemic, Mother Nature is the perfect sanctuary.

Nature does not know what is going on in the world. It just continues to do what it always has done: provide nurturing and healing gifts for all.

The days are getting warmer and longer and the desire to get our hands in the dirt is mounting. So let\’s create our own Secret Gardens cutting by back the dead branches of winter, putting the weathered leaves on the compost pile, and turning the earth which has been gently sleeping these winter months.

After we\’ve finished with our garden housekeeping, it\’s time to start planting. Of course, you need to pay attention to your planting zone and your last frost date.

The mystery and magic of planting a seed and watching it grow is a very exciting experience indeed. Now imagine how exciting and magical it would be to put those seeds into the fiber of a piece of paper and watch your secret garden grow from there.

This week in A Year in the Secret Garden, the April chapter is where we share the secret of making seed paper. My co-author, the lovely Marilyn Scott-Waters, has also designed beautiful secret garden seed packets to download. If your little gardeners would like to add some flair to their garden seeds, the black-n-while download can be found here. The color version (so much more fun!) is available when you purchase your copy of A Year in the Secret Garden here.


Happy Gardening!

A Little Added Bonus truly embraces April and National Gardening Month. Their site is filled with great info on celebrating the joy and wonder of gardening with children. They even have a free list of gardening activities just for kids. Go here to learn more and support this wonderful organization!

A Year in the Secret Garden


As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages is also an important act that will the habit of being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only working to create special family time, but it also allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences. A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book.

This delightful children’s book that is co-written by Marilyn Scott-Waters and Valarie Budyar and it offers original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden.

A Year in the Secret Garden\

Within the 120 pages (with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities)families will find many activities inspired by The Secret Garden that encourages them to step away from technology and enjoy getting hands and feet into the black earth of a family garden. This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN!
A Year in the Secret Garden\

Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!