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!
101 Ways to Celebrate
National Garden Month
Dig Deeper and Branch Out
- Plan to grow this year’s gifts (e.g. herbal teas or vinegars, dried flower arrangements, wreaths, homemade jam, pesto).
- Just sit in your garden and quietly observe the activities of wildlife and insects for half an hour.
- Take a class in botanical illustration.
- Learn about the seed-saving movement and save some seeds from your garden to share and replant. For a primer on seed saving, click here.
- Learn about houseplants that clean the air, and introduce them to your home or workplace. Click here for a brief article on the topic.
- Start a garden journal.
- Join a botanical garden and take some classes. Find one near you via the Web site of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.
- Learn about rooftop gardening and “greenroofing.” Click here for an introduction to greenroofing.
- Delve into a gardening style or technique you’ve always wanted to try, such as topiary, bonsai, or water gardening. Water gardening basics can be found by clicking here.
- Become an informed consumer by learning about invasive plants.
- Go on a sniffing tour of your neighborhood when bloom is at its peak, and try to match an aroma in the air to a specific flower.
- Press flowers and frame two-dimensional bouquets for gifts.
- Go on a bug safari; learn the names and habits of 5 invertebrates (e.g., insects, spiders, slugs, sowbugs, centipedes) that frequent your garden. Click here to identify these creatures.
- Set up various types of bird feeders stocked with different foods and a birdbath, and see who they attract. For bird feeder basics, click here.
- Join a Master Gardener’s program. Find one in your area by clicking here.
- Learn some basic botanical Latin.
- Learn how to take stunning photos of your plants and gardens. Click here for some guidance.
- Take an armchair garden tour: Spend a few hours in the bookstore poring over gardening books.