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Creating a kids literature themed garden

Nursery rhyme plaques can brighten the garden.
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Why in the world would anyone want to create a literature themed garden? Well, I am a writer. What better way to combine my two favorite pastimes? I came up with the idea of a literature themed garden a few years ago while planting parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in my herb garden. Tell me, are you going to Scarborough Fair? That got me thinking of all the kids' songs, poetry and literary excerpts with a garden theme. Wouldn't it be cool to create a kids' literature themed garden?

Think of all the garden themed kids' literature you can.

Kids' fairy tales and Mother Goose rhymes are full of garden references.

Here's some to get you started:

*Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row.

*Peter, Peter pumpkin eater. Had a wife and couldn't keep her. Put her in a pumpkin shell and there he kept her very well.

*Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold. Peas porridge in the pot, nine days old.

Place signage with literary phrases near appropriate garden areas.

For instance, that last excerpt would hang from a shepherds hook where your peas are growing.

Create your literary themed garden after the fact.

Rather than thinking up phrases to build your garden around, why not do the reverse? Simply plant your garden as you normally would. Then, think up literary phrases befitting your plants, veggies, flowers or herbs of choice. Take to the internet when your memory fails you.

Don't get overwhelmed.

You can build your kids' literary garden a little at a time over several years. There's no rush.

Add some bling to your kids' literary garden.

You'll need a reading bench. That's simple enough. How about a pot for that peas porridge? An itsy bitsy pretend spider could crawl up your water spout. Maybe you could add a watering can for Peter Rabbit in the carrot patch? Or, you could simply hang up his tiny jacket and shoes to frighten away the blackbirds.

Don't forget to ask for kids' help.

Who knows kids' literature better than kids? They may have a suggestion or two for you. You may know all the old kids' literature. Kids can punch up the garden with some new material. Not only that, they'll love helping with this project. Plus, it just might give them an interest in something besides their tech toys.

This article was previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.

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