101 Ways to Celebrate
National Garden Month
It's About Good Food
Try "edible landscaping" by incorporating attractive edibles such as
blueberry bushes and dwarf fruit trees into ornamental beds. Click here to read one gardener's experience
with edible landscaping.
Start an herb garden indoors. Click here for "sage" advice on
growing herbs inside.
Plant a fruit tree or berries to provide your family with
nutritious, healthy fruit. For inspiration, click here for an article about growing
Have a "slow food" lunch featuring locally grown, seasonal produce,
and regional cheese and meat specialties. For more information about
the Slow Food movement, click
Become an informed consumer by learning about food-related issues,
such as genetic engineering and food irradiation.
- Plant extra vegetables for freezing, canning, or storing.
Seek out neighbors from various ethnic groups to learn about their
native cuisine and gardening techniques.
Buy local honey and support a beekeeper — or start keeping bees
yourself! Click here for a beekeeping primer.
Organize a drive to collect excess garden produce from neighbors and
donate them to your local food shelf.
- Seek out and purchase locally grown foods.
- Buy local produce and freeze or can it to use out of season.
- Go to a pick-your-own berry or fruit farm.
Grow a salad garden with a child. Click
here for some suggestions on getting started.
Encourage local schools and restaurants to purchase locally grown
produce. Learn more about the Farm to Cafeteria initiative by clicking here.
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
Working for the Kansas State Extension Service has given me an opportunity to interact with many gardeners. Gardeners have this optimistic, nurturing outlook on life. They have their own unique ways of enjoying their passion. The joy of gardening is just not in the success of growing plants but growing people. I have learned this firsthand working with our dedicated Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners. This dedicated group gives so much back to the community. For me the joy of gardening is more than plants. It's really about celebrating the people who garden."-- Dennis Patton, Horticulture Agent, Johnson County Kansas State Research and Extension
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