National Garden Month

Why Garden?

"Now is the time to plant many of the grasses and wildflowers that are part of the "rainforest" in our area of the planet - the plains and prairies. The time to reaffirm our faith that there will indeed be a future. A time to remind ourselves that each of us has the right and the responsibility to create little spots of health on an ailing planet. A time to do our part, in the hope that our children and our children's children might have a chance to experience the joys of watching the earth wake up from a long winter's rest to flower into a beautiful spring."

-- Bill Neiman, Native American Seed

"The thing that amazes me about gardening is that one can plant a small seed or root a cutting and watch it grow into something incredible. Whether it is an annual full of color or a towering tree, it is a remarkable thing to watch them grow and develop."

-- Brent Pemberton, Professor, Ornamental Horticulture and Plant Physiology, Texas A&M Agricultural Research and Extension Center

"Gardening rejuvenates us by connecting us to the earth and rewards us for our efforts with inspiring beauty."

-- Greg Hester, Owner/Proprietor, Wild Iris Rows

"Plant milkweeds for Monarchs. We don't want to lose them. There are milkweeds for every situation from dry to wet."

-- MaryAnn King, Pine Ridge Gardens

"The great people in my life, gardened. The first time I planted a garden on my own, I did it to become a better person.... Gardening people ARE just good people!"

-- TomatoGirl (Alainia Hagerty), farmer, owner, Tomato Baby Company

"At American Meadows, our team is focused on Doing Good through Gardening. What's "good"? Each of us has different motivations, but in the end it's about connecting to other people and our natural world through plants. Whether it's a long-gone grandparent, our own children or a place that we hold dear, gardening is our way of connecting and doing something that we feel good about."

-- The Staff, American Meadows

"This is the time for the woodland bulbs to come into their glory. The garden is full of Erythronium which have self seeded around - the most welcome of weeds! Trillium, slower to establish but so well worth the wait, are emerging and Anemone are popping up at the edges of the paths. Above them the early Rhododendrons are starting to flower, Camellia and Magnolia are in full bud and we know that the month will get even better as it goes on."

-- Stella Rankin, Owner, Kevock Garden and Kevock Garden Plants

"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

"Tree buds swelling, Birds singing, sweet fragrances and warm breezes stirring. These are all part of Spring's renewal. Our chance to be a part of Natures's beauty and a bonanza of beautiful color, texture, fragrances, and the bounty of flowers, fruits and vegetables from our Gardens. Our chance to renew our spirit and energy!
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-- Dave Rhyne, Manager, Gardens of Sunshine Hollow

"Gardening: Working outside is good for the insides."

-- Raymond A. Edel, Calendar & Listings Editor and Garden Columnist, The Record/Herald News

"Gardening cultivates life! I'm so grateful to family and friends who showed me by example over the years how important gardening was to them. Whether it was the pure joy of a new flower or a healthy harvest of homegrown food, I learned how their efforts bring joy and help maintain fitness, too. Thank you all!"

-- Dan Long, Owner, Brushwood Nursery

"April is a National Gardening Month for a reason. It is when we gardeners begin preparing for harvests of real, fresh, healthy food. Not yet a vegetable gardener? You do not need to be a land baron to get started. Many types of vegetables can be successfully grown in containers allowing even the most space-challenged folks the opportunity to raise their own food. Whether you dream of self-sufficiency, saving some money on your food budget, or taking control over the quality of what you eat, April is your opportunity to start."

-- Mike Dunton, Founder, Victory Seed Company

"Ah April, our National Garden Month! Deciduous trees with tender green new leaves, rose bushes bursting with buds and energy, seeds suddenly sprouting in our gardens. After another winter, gardening liberates us, makes us feel whole again. Let’s get some real dirt under our fingernails!"

-- Tom Ogren, Director, The Society for Allergy-Friendly Environmental (SAFE) Gardening

"Whether you're young or old, rich or poor, employed or fancy-free, and gardening alone or with a group, gardening is the ideal pastime for your physical and emotional health."

-- Zuzu, Plants Admin, All Things Plants

"One of the most inspiring things in life is to enjoy God's creation in the great outdoors. The gardener knows this exhilaration personally, getting such an up-close view of nature, creation, and how it all works. When we study nature or grow things in our garden we can see the Creator's awesome handiwork. Watch a plant grow from a seed in the perfect order it was meant to, and think with wonder of our God. It is amazing how all things work together in nature, isn't it? Gardening is truly an awesome science. May the joy of gardening be yours this season!"

-- John, Sarah, and Family, Owners/Operators, St. Clare Heirloom Seeds

"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

"Working for the Kansas State Extension Service has given me an opportunity to interact with many gardeners. Gardeners have this optimistic, nurturing outlook on life. They have their own unique ways of enjoying their passion. The joy of gardening is just not in the success of growing plants but growing people. I have learned this firsthand working with our dedicated Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners. This dedicated group gives so much back to the community. For me the joy of gardening is more than plants. It's really about celebrating the people who garden."

-- Dennis Patton, Horticulture Agent, Johnson County Kansas State Research and Extension

"MULCH, MULCH, MULCH. Add four to six inches of an organic mulch, such as bark chips, beneath the entire root zone of trees and shrubs. Dona**t pile the chips near plant trunks, however. Mulch encourages healthier plants, reducing the needs for pesticides and fertilizers. Benefits of mulch: Retains moisture. Keeps soil temperature constant, reducing plant stress. Suppresses weeds. Gradually increases soil organic matter, feeding the soil. Attracts beneficial organisms that improve soil fertility and porosity. Protects roots and plants from mechanical injury. On hillsides and around rural homes, it suppresses the spread of brush fires."

-- Fred Hoffman, producer-host KFBK/KSTE, Farmer Fred

"If you can be anything be a flower bulb, strong and beautiful even in the most adverse conditions."

-- Jenny San Filippo, Operations Manager, Tulip World

"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)

"Peonies ought to be planted in the fall, expect potted peonies, that can be planted in the spring, there is a lot to be done in April. Cultivating the flower beds/peony beds, fertilizing, keeping the weeds under control. Then, late spring the reward, peonies are flowering which always is a spectacular sight. Happy gardening and every yard ought to have a peony!"

-- Juergen Steininger, Hollingsworth Peonies

"Raising a garden is similar to raising a child. In both cases you take a beautiful gift from nature and help develop it to be a reach its full potential."

-- Kaitlin Jones, Mother, Gardener, Owner, TrueLeafMarket.com

"For me, gardening was born out of necessity to landscape barren property with few funds. Once I began digging things out of the woods, then transplanting them to the house, I read what I could find online and in books. Each planting brought another opportunity to fill a blank, as well as learn more about the diversity of the plant world. One of the many wonderful things about gardening, is that it is a never-ending source of learning."

-- Karen Manasco, Owner, Wuv'n Acres Gardens

"Only gardening supports aesthetic, scientific, social and political pursuits, and invites exercise as well."

-- Tom Karwin, ongardening.com

"Gardeners are the most joyously generous people I've ever met. I never leave a garden empty-handed; whether with seeds, plants, or a portion of the harvest (double in zucchini season). I always go away with more enthusiasm, courage, and wisdom than when I arrived. That's because real gardeners want other gardeners to succeed. The best gardeners grow other gardeners."

-- Therese Ciesinski, In the Dirt newsletter editor, GardenSMART.com

"During the National Garden Month of April, join us in celebrating the joys of gardening and making the world a healthier place by using allergy-friendly plants in your gardens and landscapes."

-- Vicki Stover, Secretary/Treasurer, Society for Allergy Friendly Environmental (SAFE) Gardening

"Gardening is about creating one’s own paradise and living in it. Whether one’s garden is as tiny as a patio or porch or wide as the sky, designing and tending it can be an ecstatic addiction, a passionate love affair with a dream that never quite comes true, but perhaps eventually it will. In winter we gardeners pore over seed catalogues with joyful hearts. Next year, we think, the garden will be better than ever. Let those who consider gardening a chore, go find something else to do and leave this joyful task to gardeners like me!"

-- Pat Welsh, Author/public speaker, patwelsh.com

"Because watching things grow and bloom rejuvenates the spirit and engages the mind in the wonder and diversity that exists in the world around us! Experiencing the vast variety in the plant kingdom is what gardening is all about. Additionally, in the face of continued habitat loss, conservation through horticulture is one of the ways many of the worlds most amazing species will be preserved over time."

-- Darrin Norton, Owner, Mountain Orchids

"Planting a tree makes you feel good; planting a forest nurtures the neighborhood."

-- Francie Schroeder, Co-owner, Eastwoods Nursery with Henry Eastwood

"I garden because I cannot help myself. I like the view out the window, but it’s more—as if the garden is a perennial sermon or dharma talk, a reminder to reflect that I’m part of something bigger. The garden is my science teacher, too, and most of all my taskmaster, because a garden without a gardener is a jungle waiting to happen. A gardener without a garden? Likewise, a sorry sight indeed."

-- Margaret Roach, author, blogger, podcast host, AWayToGarden.com

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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?

"Working for the Kansas State Extension Service has given me an opportunity to interact with many gardeners. Gardeners have this optimistic, nurturing outlook on life. They have their own unique ways of enjoying their passion. The joy of gardening is just not in the success of growing plants but growing people. I have learned this firsthand working with our dedicated Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners. This dedicated group gives so much back to the community. For me the joy of gardening is more than plants. It's really about celebrating the people who garden."

-- Dennis Patton, Horticulture Agent, Johnson County Kansas State Research and Extension

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