101 Ways to Celebrate
National Garden Month
Dig Deeper and Branch Out
- Plan to grow this year's gifts (e.g. herbal
teas or vinegars,
flower arrangements, wreaths, homemade jam, pesto).
sit in your garden and quietly observe the activities of wildlife
and insects for half an hour.
- Take a class in botanical illustration.
- Learn about the
seed-saving movement and save some seeds from your garden to share
and replant. For a primer on seed saving, click
- Learn about houseplants that clean the air, and introduce
them to your home or workplace. Click
here for a brief article on the
- Start a garden journal.
- Join a botanical garden and take
some classes. Find one near you via the Web
site of the American Association of Botanical Gardens
- Learn about rooftop gardening and "greenroofing." Click
here for an introduction to greenroofing.
- Delve into a
gardening style or technique you've always wanted to try, such as
topiary, bonsai, or water gardening. Water gardening
basics can be found by clicking
- Become an informed consumer by learning about invasive
- Go on a sniffing tour of your neighborhood when
bloom is at its peak, and try to match an aroma in the air to
a specific flower.
- Press flowers and frame two-dimensional
bouquets for gifts.
- Go on a bug safari; learn the names and
habits of 5 invertebrates (e.g., insects, spiders, slugs, sowbugs,
centipedes) that frequent
your garden. Click
here to identify these creatures.
- Set up various types
of bird feeders stocked with different foods and a birdbath, and
see who they attract. For bird feeder basics, click
- Join a Master Gardener's program. Find one in your
area by clicking
- Learn some basic botanical Latin.
- Learn how to take stunning
photos of your plants and gardens. Click
here for some guidance.
- Take an armchair garden tour: Spend
a few hours in the bookstore poring over gardening books.
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
One of my favorite quotes is from Alice Morse Earle's book, A Taste for Gardens
(1897). 'Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. You are always living three, or indeed six, months hence.' For me, gardening is a lifelong hobby that can be enjoyed at any age. It connects me with the outside world--with the plants, birds, butterflies, insects and other creatures that inhabit my flower-filled acre. Gardening keeps me in tune wiith the weather, the seasons and the magical shapes of the ever-changing clouds. What's not to like?"-- Nina A. Koziol, Garden Writer, thisgardencooks.com
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