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.