For more than 35 years, the nonprofit National Gardening Association, headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, has worked to renew and sustain the essential connections between people, plants, and the environment. Annually, the organization supports a growing audience of more than 178,000 educators with curriculum, free Web publications, and grants and awards, and provides a rich array of resources to 500,000 avid gardening enthusiasts from beginner to expert. NGA's Web sites serve as interactive hubs where horticultural expertise, in-depth resources, networking opportunities, and more inspire plant-based exploration. NGAs programs celebrate and promote gardening throughout the year.
With the support of generous sponsors, NGA distributes custom grants and awards to hundreds of schools and organizations to help them develop and expand youth garden projects. These award programs increase gardening opportunities nationwide, bring projects recognition, and encourage increased local business and community involvement, which is key to project sustainability. For more information please visit the Grants page.
National Garden Month (NGM) is an annual celebration and medium through which businesses, agencies, nonprofit organizations, communities, and individuals collectively promote gardening. Hundreds of local NGM-related programs and activities around the country each help to transform America into a greener, more livable place, where the act of nurturing plants can influence education, health and nutrition, community, and local food sources. It is this phenomenon that inspired the programs theme, "When you Garden, you GROW" – an acknowledgment that gardening has a profound effect on quality of life for adults and children alike.
Gardens nurture an appreciation for nature, spark children's imaginations, create healthy minds, and build healthy bodies. They engage students by providing a dynamic environment in which to observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn. Gardens are living laboratories where lessons are drawn from real-life experiences, encouraging students to become active participants in the learning process. NGAs Adopt a School Garden (ASG) program links schools lacking resources to provide these opportunities with people who have the ability and desire to help. For more information, please visit the Adopt a School Garden page.
NGA helps educators expand their knowledge of plant-based education and make the most of standards-based learning opportunities in the garden. Our award-winning KidsGardening Web site features free articles, activities, and resources such as curriculum connections, online courses, and advice on everything from planning a garden to raising funds to support it. Our monthly Kids Garden News e-newsletter and Gardening With Kids catalog also support educators and parents who garden with children. For more information please visit the Kids Gardening site.