101 Ways to Celebrate
National Garden Month
Plan and Plant
Design and plant a garden to attract pollinators. Click
here to learn more.
- Plant a cutting garden so you can
enjoy freshly cut bouquets all season long. For some guidance, click
- Plant herbs for making your own herbal tea (try mints,
bee balm, or chamomile). Click
here for some advice.
- Plant a peace garden.
- Plant a kitchen garden near your back
door with greens and herbs for convenient harvesting. Click
here for guidance.
- Design and plant a bird-friendly garden. Click
here to learn
- Grow a "multicultural" garden. Click
here to read about one
inspiring community project.
- Grow a fragrance garden; include aromatic
plants such as heliotrope, oriental lilies, nicotiana, and stock. Click
here for some history
of fragrant plants and ideas for using them.
- Plant a wildflower meadow. Click
here to learn how.
- Get a window box and fill with brightly colored
annual flowers. Click
here for some help getting started.
- Work with a child to grow
a giant pumpkin, hibiscus, or other flashy plant for entry in the
county fair, or just for fun. Click
here for some tips on growing your biggest pumpkin yet.
a rose bush or two, and learn how to keep them healthy and
here for some rose-growing essentials.
- Make a tepee for growing
vining beans or flowers such as morning glory. Click
here for ways to involve kids in the project.
- Try planting
new vegetables or varieties that are new to you — purple kohlrabi,
golden beets, or blue potatoes.
- Grow a big, bold, tropical flowering
plant, such as bougainvillea, brugmansia, or mandevilla. Luscious
descriptions and growing instructions
can be found by clicking
- Grow plants that provide natural pigments and try a fabric
dyeing project. Click
here for suggestions of plants to use and directions
for extracting the color.
- Build a pond in a tub or in the ground. Click
here for a primer
about a pond ecosystem and things to consider.
- Plant a garden to
attract native butterflies. Click
a list of perennials and shrubs that put out the welcome mat.
flowers that bloom at dusk, including moonflower, night-blooming
phlox, and evening primrose.
- Garden at your workplace.
- Plant a garden that reflects your
family's or the region's cultural heritage.
- Grow healing herbs such as calendula
and comfrey, and make your own healing salves and tinctures.
When You Garden, You Grow!
Every April communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Join the celebration and help to make America a greener, healthier, more livable place!
About National Garden Month
During his imprisonment of 27 years, Nelson Mandela and his colleagues refused to participate in prison work assignments. Instead he spent his time tending a small garden on the prison rooftop, consisting of about two dozen oil drums in which he grew the following vegetables: Beans, Chillies, Beetroot, Lettuce, Broccoli, Onions, Cabbage, Peppers, Cauliflower, Spinach, Brinjal (Eggplant), Tomatoes and Strawberries. The challenge for all of us, to grow a â€˜Nelson Mandela gardenâ€™ this year. 'Living isnâ€™t just about doing for yourself, but what you do for others as well.' -Nelson Mandela"-- Peter Prakke, Allergy Friendly Schoolyard(c)
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