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.


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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 paradise...er..."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?

"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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