National Gardening Day: One Euclid family is giving the gift of gardening to neighborhood kids

Posted at 9:26 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 09:30:05-04

EUCLID, Ohio — Gardening is good for both our mental and physical health. That’s why when the Edgecliff Neighborhood and Beach Club in Euclid asked people to think of a way to keep kids active, but also socially distant, the Ilcin family decided to set out seed packets.

“The Beach Club suggested each family take a turn hosting a safe, fun activity to keep the kids busy and active. For our turn, we looked at what we had on hand. My wife is an avid gardener and thought it would be a good activity, since it takes some time and care to plant a seed, get a sprout and nurture it,” he said.

Now, on the driveway next to the sidewalk chalk words that say "April showers bring May flowers,” you’ll find seeds placed in Easter eggs, a cup for soil, and instructions.

“It was nice to give the kids a little outlet that was still safe and responsible.”

Research shows gardening can help reduce stress and is a good way to practice patience and acceptance.

As far as how long they’ll continue to think of creative outlets for kids, well, Ilcin said as long as they need to.

“It's a nice tight knit community here in Euclid and everybody's kind of sharing the load but making sure that everybody's staying safe, too.”