Arboretum Spurs Teen’s Interest in Gardening

Bruce wasn’t sure his sports-oriented grandson, Parker, would like visiting the Overland Park Arboretum. But Bruce took a chance, and that experience opened up a whole new world of interest for his grandchild.

Parker was intrigued by the science he discovered in nature. He was curious about the Arboretum’s flowers . . . how and when they bloomed and what it took for them to grow. Two years later, Parker has created his own flower and vegetable garden at home. There, he grows tomatoes, pepper, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, spinach and pumpkins.

“I’m delighted the Arboretum sparked Parker’s interest in nature,” Bruce said. “It feels good to know I helped expose him to something new that he loves. The appreciation for planting, tending and growing things is now a connection we share.”

Introduce your grandkids to the Overland Park Arboretum today. You might be surprised at their responses. Learn more about the Arboretum.