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These activities are the fruit of a collaboration between a registered horticultural therapist and a horticulture educator. They saw the need plant-related activities that are fun, interesting, and geared for people with special needs, but they are also suited for all youth.

The activities are designed so that new and interesting ways of working with plants can be undertaken throughout the year. Materials lists and advance preparation are included with each activity and special considerations with respect to gearing the activity for your particular audience are provided.

Drying Flowers - Outlined here is one of the many methods of drying and preserving flowers: air-drying. Using this technique, many different materials can be selected to give a rich array of effects.

Making Potpourri - Potpourris are mixtures of flowers, leaves, fruits, essential oils, and fixatives which capitalize on the fragrance of dried materials. They can be used to freshen rooms, in sachets, and can be given as gifts.

The Plant Clinic - In the snowy depths of winter, a plant clinic can be the perfect thing for reviving tired houseplants, and winter-weary people as well!

"Forcing" Bulbs for Indoor Bloom - By meeting certain conditions, you can get bulbs to flower out of season for indoor enjoyment. Two types of bulbs are especially easy to "force" -- amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus.

"Forcing" Twigs for Indoor Bloom - All spring flowering trees and shrubs can be forced into bloom after they have completed their winter dormancy requirement.

Starting Plants from Seeds - The perfect April activity. Starting seeds captures the promise of a new season.

Fresh Flower Arrangements - Handling and arranging fresh flowers is one of the easiest, most pleasant ways to bring the outdoors in!

Sachets & Catnip Bags - Sachets have been historically apprecieated for their sweet fragance.

Tent or Tunnel: Get a Head Start On Your Garden - Ways to get an early start with spring vegetables.

Strawberry Yields Forever - Tasty experiments with day-neutral strawberries.

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