In 2006, pint-size visitors helped plant and harvest 500 pounds of vegetables, which were donated to a local food bank.
More than just flowers grow at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia. When adults and kids visit the new Children's Garden, their understanding of the natural world increases, too, and that's a wonderful thing to watch.
Play and Learn
All around the 2-acre plot, children explore with abandon. Some climb the low-hanging limbs of a mulberry tree. Others make believe that they're living in an international village. Still others help harvest vegetables. Almost everyone makes at least one trip to the top of the handicap-accessible tree house.
"A lot of kids these days don't have the opportunity to play outside," says education manager Randee Humphrey. "It's important for them to make a connection with the natural world so that as adults they can make informed decisions about the environment."