Make a Family Garden

Create outdoor living spaces that children, parents and pets will all enjoy.

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Combining Play With Plants

Research shows that children and adults benefit mentally and physically from being in a natural environment. So although it's tempting to buy a plastic swingset and set it in the center of the lawn, it may not be as beneficial for your children in the long run as, say, play areas with plants that children will enjoy, such as cheerful sunflowers and those that attract butterflies.

As children's interests change, prevent boredom setting in by providing toys that aren't permanent fixtures and will seem new and exciting time after time. This sandbox is made from a timber raised bed, which you can buy as a kit or make yourself. When children outgrow the sand, fill the bed with colorful sunflowers, edible flowers, such as nasturtiums, and quick-growing vegetables.

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