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.