National Garden Month

This is My Garden

To help celebrate National Garden Month 2006, we've invited our visitors to share their garden tales with us. We hope you'll find inspiration in their stories and appreciate the pride of your fellow gardeners.

Garden Within a Garden - Michelle B.

My 'garden' is a plot in the Sunset Community Garden in San Francisco, located just 13 blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Overall the garden has 55 plots and a proud past as it is SF's oldest Community Garden, started as a WWII victory garden.

The location and associated climate present many problems, including sand, salt, wind, rain, and fog. We also have major problems with oxa1ysis and an old stand of dead and dying pine trees that block what little sun we get. But you donít see the problems when you see the faces of the long-time gardeners working in their plots.

The majority of our members are seniors with disability, health, or mobility concerns. And most members are low income or on a fixed retirement income, so progress and improvements come very slowly to the garden.

Nonetheless, each year we take on the adverse conditions and somehow persevere. And in doing so the garden members get a chance to get out, get exercise, and enjoy the hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees that help to make the garden a retreat from the city and from the hectic pace of life.

Since space is limited and a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few photos of our gardens within a garden:

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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,

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