In 2002, the National Gardening Association extended National Garden week for the entire month and celebrated for the first time in 2003. All gardens are celebrated, whether its’ an indoor, outdoor, patio garden or whatever it may be. If you are a gardener, then it’s time to sharpen your tools, collect your seeds, prepare your beds and plant. You don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy National Garden Month. You don’t have to plant but you can read about how to start a garden. Test the waters by planting a few plants in pots and start a patio garden. It is the month to enjoy growing plants. Make sure you take time to look, smell and touch the plants that you are taking care of. It is a time to be thankful for all of the plants, trees, herbs and shrubs that landscape our surroundings and learn about how plants affect our environment, our moods, and how we can heal from what we grow.
There are many types of gardens depending on the primary purpose and content of the garden. Cactus gardens for arid regions. For nice aesthetics try a Bonsai garden or a Dutch Garden rife with tulips. Gardens can create habitats and resting places for bees, butterflies and seasonal birds. Most gardens are informal and relaxed but there are formal gardens that adhere to a given style such as French Formal, Italian Renaissance and Knot Gardens. This is the month to research gardens and learn more about them. Here is a list of gardens to investigate:
- Butterfly Gardens
- Community Gardens
- Container Gardening
- Cottage Gardens
- Flower Gardens
- Fruit Gardens
- Herb Gardens
- Japanese Gardens
- Organic Gardens
- Perennial Gardens
- Roof Top Gardens
- Succulent Gardens
- Vegetable Gardens
Gardens do not have to be large. Invest in a selection of pots and make your own potted garden on your windowsills. Gardens can be anywhere, and anyone can garden. Start small and grow.
Here is a list of things you can do to celebrate National Gardening Month:
- Visit a farmer’s market.
- Buy compost and mulch in bulk quantities with neighbors or friends.
- Visit your neighbor and compliment their garden.
- Collect pollution off the streets.
- Start a gardening club.
- Make your garden bird-friendly.
- Grow a multicultural garden.
- Garden at your workplace or purchase an indoor plant for your office.
- Plant flowers in dedication of someone you know.
- Plant something you’ve never planted before.
- Educate yourself and others on water saving.
- Clean your gardening tools.
- Photograph your plants.
- Take a gardening class.
- Have breakfast outside by your garden.
- Volunteer in the community.
- Plant your garden in time for spring.
- Create a terrarium.
- Join a local gardening club.
- Check out public gardens nearby.
Check out the following books at the Bellevue University Library:
The Backyard Gardener: Simple, Easy, and Beautiful Gardening with Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers: SB453.5 .O79 2017
Plant Society: Create an Indoor Oasis for Your Urban Space: SB419 .C486 2017