National Garden Month

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 here.
  • 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 more.
  • 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.
  • Plant a rose bush or two, and learn how to keep them healthy and blooming. Click 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 here.
  • 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 here for a list of perennials and shrubs that put out the welcome mat.
  • Plant 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

Why Garden?

"Peonies ought to be planted in the fall, expect potted peonies, that can be planted in the spring, there is a lot to be done in April. Cultivating the flower beds/peony beds, fertilizing, keeping the weeds under control. Then, late spring the reward, peonies are flowering which always is a spectacular sight. Happy gardening and every yard ought to have a peony!"

-- Juergen Steininger, Hollingsworth Peonies

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