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Stimulate the Five Senses through Your Garden Submitted by Jackie Edwards, Guest Blogger 
“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden” (Robert Brault). 

Gardening provides many miraculous benefits for a child’s development including fine motor skills, math skills, responsibility, and science. Children that spend time outside are also happier as the landscape helps to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and increase attention. When combining gardening with the use of all senses, you can further increase the benefits.
A sensory garden is designed to stimulate all five senses. Multi-sensory environments impact brain development and are therefore extremely beneficial for kids with sensory processing disorders caused by autism, brain injuries, and premature birth. It can be therapeutic and a gentle way to explore their senses. They can either focus on one sense or tackle multiple areas at once. For children who don’t have sensory processing disorders…

Wednesday's Wildflower: Tennessee Leafcup

TENNESSEE LEAFCUP,Polymnia laevigata Beadle Aster Family (Asteraceae) Submitted by Roger Hammer

The lower leaves of this species reach 6"–12" long and 4"–6" wide and are deeply and raggedly cut with pointed lobes, reducing in size up the stem with few or no lobes. The 3'–6' stems are glabrous (smooth). The flower heads are about ½" wide, subtended by a whorl of leafy bracts, and with 3-toothed ray florets and male disk florets.
It flowers in June and July in damp, shaded woodlands of Jackson County in the Florida panhandle. The best place to see it is to hike the trails in Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, Florida (Jackson County).
Polymnia relates to the mythological Greek muse Polymnia, daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne and the inspirational goddess of sacred music and dance. The name laevigata means “smooth” for the glabrous stems. The common name relates to where the type specimen was collected in 1897 (Franklin County, Tennessee) by botanist Chaunce…