Kidsafe NSW promotes child injury prevention and education in an effort to preserve and protect the lives of our children.

grow me safely


Kidsafe NSW was the winner of the 2014 Nursery & Garden Industry Awards - Industry Innovation Award category for the ‘grow me safely’  website resource!



Kidsafe NSW recognises the importance of gardening with children to build life skills, inspire creativity, grow and harvest food, role model safe practices and a respect for nature.

grow me safely’ was developed to provide information for educators, parents and carers to engage children in gardening activities. The information provided is supported by injury data and statistics.

Gardening with children is promoted in the National Quality Framework for Education and Care Services, and the NSW Primary Syllabus.



To use the website, click on the 'grow me safely' sign above, locate the green watering can at the bottom of the web page and slide it from left to right to reveal the elements of the website. Scroll over the elements then click to gain important information regarding plants and gardening with children.

Click here to download a printable version of plants to avoid.


This website was jointly funded by the 2011 NSW Young Horticulturist of the Year Award (coordinated by the Australian Institute of Horticulture on behalf of the Ryde Horticulture Students Fund) and Kidsafe NSW.

  • Lesley Saddington – Australian Institute of Horticulture
  • Anthony Curry – Australian Institute of Horticulture
  • Barbara Wiecek – NSW Herbarium
  • Jessica Whittick – Environmental Scientist
  • Anthony Kachenko – Nursery and Garden Industry Association
  • NSW Poisons Information Centre
  • QLD Poisons Information Centre
  • VIC Poisons Information Centre
  • Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit
  • Qld Injury Surveillance Unit
  • Neuroscience Research Australia
  • Children’s Services Central
  • NSW Family Day Care Association
  • Belinda Wallis – Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute

Thank you to the following individuals and agencies for the expert advice regarding website content:

  • Lorna Rose – FotoFlora
  • Densey Clyne
  • Ros Shepherd
  • Lotte von Richter – The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
  • Henriette Kress – Henriette’s Herbal
  • Thomas H. Kent
  • John Elliot
  • Olivier Pichard
  • Deepak Pande
  • Dennis Stevenson

Do you have some feedback?

We love to hear your thoughts at Kidsafe NSW. Please email your feedback to or you can call the office on  02 9845 0890.