Excerpt from The Beginner's Garden Book: A Textbook for the Upper Grammar Grades One of the most striking educational movements of recent times is toward the interesting of children in gardening. State boards of education, local school boards, and local home gardening associations have all encouraged and superintended the work. The advantages are very plain, and in both town and country two are chief. In the first place, children, whether through an awakened love of ﬂowers or an understanding of the ecomic value of vegetables, are brought into direct con tact with nature, and must necessarily profit, mentally and physically. In the second place, children are kept busy who otherwise might be idle through the weeks of vacation. They learn to work, they understand the values created by work, and they gain from this both self-respect and respect for property. Gardening thus becomes a lesson in civics. In addition, in country towns intensive agriculture, our depend ence in the future, must be stimulated by gardening. The garden movement is, for all these reasons, of even national importance. This book is offered as a textbook of gardening for the upper grammar grades. It covers t merely the school work indoors and out, but also the work of gardening at home. Thus it has a wide field, and at the same time follows the natural activities of the school year. From his own kwl edge of gardening, as well as from his acquaintance with the school and home gardening work at Concord, Massachusetts, the author is certain that the book is practical. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.