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We offer a selection of the finest field-grown trees and shrubs, complemented with excellent container-grown materials.

Hillside Nursery
2200 S. Hillside
Wichita, KS 67211
Fax: 316.686.7211
Today's Hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
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Do It Yourself Projects

Kids Crafts for Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Hillside Nursery has the best real flowers to give your Mom this Mother's Day! But we wanted to share these great craft ideas too! As much as we love real flowers...it doesn't get much cuter then this!

What You Will Need

Picture of Your Child

Small Piece of Cardboard

Paint and Paintbrushes



Popsicle Sticks

Small Jar or Container

Colored Tissue Paper and Ribbon




How to Make It

Start by painting your popsicle sticks.  You can go with one color or many – let your child help decide what the final look should be.


While your popsicle sticks are drying, print out your favorite picture of your child and cut their head out.  Then cut a similar sized circle from your cardboard and glue your picture to the cardboard, making sure that the cardboard does not show around the edges.

nce both your picture and your popsicle sticks are dry, cut half of your popsicle sticks in half.  Then, using your hot glue gun, attach them to the back of your cardboard, arranging them so that there is an even amount of room in between each one.

Once your glue is dry, turn your flower over and attach one green popsicle stick for the stem.

ow, all that’s left to do is find a home for your flower!  I took a small glass jar (you don’t want it to be any taller than half your popsicle stick) and filled it with some bright tissue paper.

Then simply stick your flower down into the tissue paper, securing it so that it doesn’t fall over and tie a ribbon around the top of your container!  And wa-lah!  You have a beautiful flower that will smile at mom all year long!

For more instructions visit this blog: http://jmanandmillerbug.com/2013/04/mothers-day-craft-popsicle-stick-flowers.html


Breathing Trees

Spring is a perfect time to observe how trees take in carbon dioxide and let out oxygen. Just try this experiment with your kids and be prepared to be amazed! You will only need:

  • String
  • Clear plastic bag
  • Tree

How to make it

  1. On a sunny day, use a piece of string to tie a clear plastic bag around a clump of green leaves on the end of a tree branch. Leave it for an hour or two.

  2. When you come back, the inside of the bag should be coated with drops of water. Why? Instead of a nose and mouth, plants have lots of tiny holes, or stomata, in their leaves through which they breathe. Just like our own breath, plant exhalation is full of moisture, which condenses on the bag as it's heated by the sun. The same principle is at work when you fog up a mirror with your breath.

Egg Carton Gardening with Kids

Here is a fun idea to do with your egg cartons that are leftover from coloring Easter Eggs!

Materials Needed:

  • Styrofoam Egg Carton (we like Styrofoam for its waterproof quality)
  • Package of Seeds (we have an assortment of seeds available at the nursery)!
  • Organic Garden Soil
  • Water

Purchase seeds that will be ‘in-season’ according to your particular climate and prepare according to package directions. (For example, we had to soak our bean seeds overnight in water.)

Retrieve a used egg carton from your recycling bin. Cut the top of the egg carton off and set aside. Turn the bottom of the  carton upside down and poke holes in each “dome”, as this allows adequate water drainage. Then, place the top of the carton underneath, like a tray. Fill each of the domes with soil.

Have your child poke holes in the soil of each egg compartment – about 1/2 inch deep. Then have her place the seeds (one to three seeds in each compartment, depending upon the plant variety – see individual seed package for directions) in each hole. Gently cover seeds with soil, lightly water, and place in a sunny window sill. Make sure to place it in a location where your child can water and  monitor its growth each and every day.

For children (and children at heart) seeking instant gratification,  the sprouts appear in a matter of days. Once the seedlings are well established and weather permits, transfer directly into the outdoor garden soil and watch them flourish.