School gardens make kids smarter

School gardens have been trumpeted as the answer to many modern childhood woes—poor health, obesity and nature deficit disorder among them.

Now The Royal Horticultural Society in the UK has released research showing that school gardens also boost children’s development, life skills and make them happier.

Kids who grow gardens are happier and do better in school. (Photo by N. Saul.)

What’s more, according to The Independent, the research showed:

“…school gardening increases the willingness of children to eat a wider range of vegetables and fruit…. Simon Thornton-Wood, the RHS’s director of science and learning, said: “[Gardening in schools] has transformed their whole learning environment.”

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