Martin the Mouse May Post - Gardening GloryOne of my favorite parts of a house is its garden! Whether it’s a small collection of houseplants or a large maze of a flower garden, I love them all.

You may have heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but gardens can offer more than just beautiful blooms.

Planting a garden can help you learn about and appreciate nature. It can give you first-hand knowledge of how to grow and care for plants. Plus it’s relaxing to spend time out in the sunshine in spring!

Gardens can be good for the environment, provide habitats for insects and animals, and even provide a source of food. There are many different types of gardens. I’ll highlight a few of my favorites.

Community Gardens

Community gardens are great for when there’s not enough space to grow plants at home, or when you want to be part of a group gardening effort. Many communities have options for this type of gardening. Google “community garden” and the name of the town or city you live in to find one nearby, or you could even start your own. Usually this type of garden is used to grow plants that can be eaten!

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Edible Gardens

It may sound like something from Willy Wonka, but an edible garden is one where you plant things that can be eaten. Think fruits and veggies like strawberries, tomatoes, herbs, lettuce, onions, carrots, beans, and peppers! Yum! If you have a lot of room, you could even plant fruit trees. An edible garden is my favorite type of garden, paws down.

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Flower Gardens

While flower gardens can be pretty, they also help pollinating insects thrive. Over time, people have figured out which plants are favored by butterflies and bees. With a bit of research, you could choose the right plants to make a butterfly garden or a bee garden. Be careful which types of flowers you choose! When invasive plants are used, they can spread too quickly and hurt the environment. Choose plants that are native or non-invasive.

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Decorative Gardens

Some gardens are made just to be decorative. Usually decorative gardens have a theme, but sometimes people just start growing all of their favorite plants. Botanical gardens have entire teams working to maintain them, and often have rare and hard-to-care-for plants.

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One of my favorite gardens is the White House Rose Garden. It’s a decorative garden that has flowers, trees, shrubs, and a large lawn used for events. Read my book, Martin the Mouse in the White House to find out a secret about this garden!

If you could grow any kind of garden you wanted — what would it be? Would it be a private or community garden? What size? What would you grow? What would it look like? Let us know on Facebook!

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