National Garden Month

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 blueberries.
  • 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 here.
  • 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

Why Garden?

"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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