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 Wings - Scotti H.

So I married "late" - later than others, anyway. I am 33 and have been married for 1 year and 4 months. Therefore, I've only had a true yard and garden for 1 year and 4 months. Therefore, for the past 2 years I've been living in"garden ownership paradise" that is.

It's nothing special. Middle income house/yard of about 1/2 acre. But when you've had to wait as long as I have for a place to really spread 'garden wings' and explore gardening - it can be incredible! This winter has been the longest winter of my life - waiting, waiting for spring and studying every perennial book I could find, making lists of what will do well in the Rocky Mountain High Plains, studying soil improvement, the best way to water, sun exposure, you name it, I've studied it. Meanwhile I sit and look out the dining room window - seeing not what's there but what "could" be there. It\s the most invigorating experience!! Why? Because outside of my world as a paralegal (a very black/white world) it's the area where I can learn as much or as little as I want and never be WRONG about it. I have so many dreams for this tiny little plot on the planet I call "mine" and although right now it consists mainly of lavendar, coreopsis, some 4 o'clocks and creeping thyme - in my mind I see 5 and 1/2 foot Delphinium, Foxgloves, low growing creeping phlox, sweet alyssum and so many others.

Mmmm - I missed my calling as a landscaper!

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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?

"In this stressful and crazy world, taking time out to literally smell the flowers is the best thing we can do to reconnect with the Earth, with nature, with ourselves. Stop. Look around. Put your hands in the soil, get dirt under your nails. Let your bare feet feel the green grass of spring. Let the sun kiss your skin. Breathe in the peace and joy of living. Create Eden in your own yard."

-- Onalee Israel, Onalee's Seeds, LLC

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