Public Gardens for Families Ames IA

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Holub Garden & Greenhouses Inc
(515) 232-4769
22085 580th Ave
Ames, IA
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Greenhouse Growers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

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Hilltop Greenhouses Inc
(515) 275-2229
991 222nd Dr
Ogden, IA

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Cottage Gardens
(712) 338-4569
805 21st Street
Milford, IA
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Annuals, Chemicals, Container Gardening, Crop Protection, Fertilizers, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Greenhouse Growers, Herbicides, Herbs, Horticulture Companies, Insecticide, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Landscape Consulting, Landscape Design, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Pesticides, Pesticides, Synthetic, Plants, Shrubs, Vegetables

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Winding Creek Gardens
(515) 571-3264
1791 Page Ave
Belmond, IA
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Annuals

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TNT Landscaping & Nursery
(515) 965-1206
1313 SW Ordnance Rd
Ankeny, IA
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Landscape Contractors, Landscaping Services, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

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Evergreen Gardens
(515) 232-7633
6036 George Washington Carver
Ames, IA
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Groundcovers, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs, Trees

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Earl May Nursery & Garden Center
(515) 432-5941
1504 S Marshall St
Boone, IA

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Krieger's Greenhouse
(641) 424-2307
2309 4th St Se
Mason City, IA

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Heirloom Gardens
(515) 996-2466
29154 360th Street
Van Meter, IA
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Annuals, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Grower Locations, Heirloom Plant Nurseries, Herbs, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plant Merchants, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Vines

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Harvey Floral Company
(515) 993-3916
611 Nile Kinnick Dr S
Adel, IA

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Gardens are for Everyone

Do you remember watching butterflies floating through the garden when you were a child, and your amazement at their skill and grace? How about the first time you tasted a fresh homegrown tomato? Gardens bring nature into our backyards so we can appreciate its wonder without experiencing the dangers of the wild. We love our gardens because they feed our bodies and renew our spirits. In this article we explore the benefits of gardening (especially the benefits to youths) and why everyone needs a green retreat. For individuals with challenged mobility, gardening opportunities may at first appear limited, but as you'll see, there are many ways to create a garden that's accessible to everyone!

Background

Gardens provide many benefits. They add beauty to our world, provide fresh fruits and vegetables, clean air, and a therapeutic setting. Young people benefit from gardens and the activity of gardening in a number of important ways. Here are just a few:

Gardens provide a safe place for them to experience nature and discover the cycles of life. Gardening helps kids develop an understanding of the environment, and instills love and respect for the earth. Gardening exposes kids to fresh fruits and vegetables, providing them with motivation to try these healthy foods and improve their nutritional attitudes and behaviors. Gardening is a source of physical activity. Too many young people spend a majority of their free time in front of a TV or computer screen, but gardens give them a reason to be outside and be active, and offer an opportunity to work off their excess energy and stress. The garden provides a peaceful spot to relax and reflect. It is also a place of beauty that they can be proud of and share with others.

Gardens are a marvelous hands-on teaching tool for kids of all ages, and researchers are gathering more evidence every day of other advantages of gardening. You'll find more information about these research findings here: “What have plants done for you lately?”

With so many positive effects, who would argue against giving children a chance to stick their hands in the soil and to nurture a plant? However, questions arise about the accessibility and safety of gardens for kids with special needs. The ‘traditional’ garden with narrow paths and ground-level planting presents physical challenges that limits or even eliminates some youths' ability to enjoy and work in a garden. Not to worry! There are plenty of creative people who are constantly working on adaptations to open gardening opportunities to kids with special needs. Below you will find a few ideas for creating an accessible garden for individuals of all abilities. Pictures for this article were taken at the Accessible Garden at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, which is directed by Dr. Joe Novak.

Tips for Creating an Accessible Garden

1. Install Accessible Pathways
Navigation to and through the garden requires careful consideration.

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