Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Smiley Park Children's Garden

Smiley Park Children's Garden, located in Van Wert, Ohio, was opened in 2007, and was created so that children could learn about the gardening process and all that is involved with caring for a garden.

One very nice thing about the garden, is that produce that is grown in it is given to a local food pantry.

Children will really enjoy the butterfly house, which is a colorful green and pink house with window boxes filled with petunias.  The back part of the house is screened in, so that butterflies can fly around inside.

There's another cute garden called Melody's Secret Garden where children can pass though and arched entry way with climbing roses.  There are two weeping Mulberry trees, so kids can see what Mulberry "bushes" actually look like.

Kids will also get a kick out of Roscoe the Rhino who guards the International Garden.

The newest feature is a crooked house.  Kids can have fun playing inside.

The garden is open daily from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.  Admission is free. 


  1. Happy 4th. It's never too early to teach kids about gardening,etc. They love to dig in the dirt. Very nice.

    1. Happy 4th to you, too. I agree that it's good to get kids involved with gardening. I know my kids are more willing to eat their veggies when they've planted and harvested them themselves.

  2. Beautiful gardens and free too!?! An added bonus! I think I'd have as much fun here as my kids.

  3. Sounds like a fun garden to visit. I think that's great that the produce is given to a local food pantry. What a great way to help fill a need.

    I like the colorful entrance. Very kid friendly and very inviting. Thanks for sharing about it.