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.


Nielsen Farm - Kathryn L.

Nielsen Family Farm, listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, features memorial trees for the four children of C.C. and Stena Nielsen. An osage orange tree was the most recently planted for the last of their children, Paul Nielsen, my father-in-law.

Our garden, over three acres, has hosted one October wedding as well as many family reunions...with another one planned for Labor Day 2006.

Native grasses and perrienals, that are suited for North Central Kansas, have been added to the garden for the past five years. This year I plan to add Rose of Sharon shrubs and rugosa roses.

My overall theme is Old Fashioned with a splash of native grasses and other plants.

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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?

"During his imprisonment of 27 years, Nelson Mandela and his colleagues refused to participate in prison work assignments. Instead he spent his time tending a small garden on the prison rooftop, consisting of about two dozen oil drums in which he grew the following vegetables: Beans, Chillies, Beetroot, Lettuce, Broccoli, Onions, Cabbage, Peppers, Cauliflower, Spinach, Brinjal (Eggplant), Tomatoes and Strawberries. The challenge for all of us, to grow a ‘Nelson Mandela garden’ this year. 'Living isn’t just about doing for yourself, but what you do for others as well.' -Nelson Mandela"

-- Peter Prakke, Allergy Friendly Schoolyard(c)

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