• 2016: Year of the Allium
    Ornamental alliums have so many good things going for them that it’s a wonder they’re not more widely planted. But alliums are definitely on the rise. They seem to be popping up everywhere: in gardening books and magazines, on Pinterest boards, and in public and private gardens across the country. Most allium flowers have a long, leafless stalk topped with a globe-like bloom that’s made up of a cluster of individual florets. Like exclamation points, alliums stand out from other plants, adding emphasis and excitement wherever they’re grown.
  • 2016: Year of the Begonia
    Begonias, an easy to grow tropical plant, is ideal for garden beds, flower pots and hanging baskets. With over 1,700 different species, gardeners can find the perfect flower, leaf or form for every outdoor or indoor need.
  • 2016: Year of the Delphinium
    Delphinium is a perennial favorite as the tall spikes of blue flowers in the background of a stately English or cottage garden. The modern delphinium flower may be a single or double rosette in popular blue or red, pink, white, violet and yellow. Many of the flowers have white or black centers known as “bees.”
  • 2016: Year of the Carrot
    Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables to grow in home gardens - and for good reason. Carrots are delicious, nutritious, versatile, and with just a little bit of know-how, this root crop is easy to grow!
 
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We Challenge You... Plant for Pollinators!


Did you know pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat each day? The health of many pollinator populations is in decline, but despite this news we still depend on their activity for our food and the wellbeing of our landscapes. Let's do something about it!
 
Click here to shop for pollinator-attracting plants from NGB members.

Install any nectar or pollen producing plant then register your pollinator garden at this collaborative share site.

Bee one of a million who cares about the plight of our pollinators. #polliNATION

 

 

 

 

 

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National Garden Bureau Awards Three Grants Totaling $10,000 to Therapeutic Gardens

After collecting over 100,000 votes from supporting fans, the 2015 National Garden Bureau (NGB) grant program is pleased to announce the three recipients of their 2015 Growing For Futures grant program.

 
Started in 2014, Growing for Futures is the philanthropic program of NGB that supports the building and growth of therapeutic gardens across North America furthering the mission of the organization to promote gardening to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.
 
The three gardens and the grant amounts are:
·      The Riverwood Conservancy Enabling Garden, Mississauga, Ontario.
First place vote-recipient; winner of the $5,000 grant.
The Riverwood Conservancy's Enabling Garden is the only therapeutic garden in the Greater Toronto area helping children and adults overcome physical, cognitive and emotional difficulties. The programs build confidence, self-esteem, strength and mobility and inspire a deeper connection to nature through hands-on activities. The Enabling Garden serves an ever-increasing need in this urban area, doubling its capacity each year since opening in 2013.
 
·         Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Second place vote-recipient; winner of the $3,000 grant.
This therapeutic garden focuses on outreach to the area’s military population through programs that offer the opportunity to learn new skills, promote healthy living through home gardening, and encourage interaction with peers and community during the transition to a civilian lifestyle. Cape Fear Botanical Garden is interactive, inspirational and motivational, focusing on stress recovery where the basics of horticulture are introduced giving students and opportunity to explore new abilities.
 
·        Green Chimneys Children's Garden, Brewster, New York.
Third place vote-recipient; winner of the $2,000 grant.
Green Chimneys is an internationally recognized garden offering an effective solution for healing and improving the lives of children struggling with a variety of social, emotional and behavioral challenges through nature-based therapies. The garden serves more than 210 children monthly, while also serving an additional 150 adults per month during spring and summer seasons through corporate teambuilding/volunteer exercises.
 
National Garden Bureau would like to also recognize all grant applicants as all these gardens are creating therapeutic spaces for the benefits of their program participants. NGB encourages support of these and other therapeutic gardens by the industry, local communities and individuals:

 

  • Corn 'On Deck Hybrid'

    Container Corn 'On Deck' is a phenomenal sweet corn that sets 2-3 ears in even the smallest of gardens- including containers! This variety grows to a maximum of 5’ tall and can be used as a tidy little wind screen on the porch or in the back of the garden. The 8” long bicolor ears are delectably sweet and have a great crispy kernel. Imagine just sowing 9 seeds in a 24” diameter pot and producing 27 ears of corn- that’s over an ear per inch!!

  • Pak Choi Bopak F1 AAS 2015 Regional Winner

    AAS 2015 Regional Winner (Northeast, Great Lakes and Mountain/Southwest) Bred by Bejo Seeds Inc.

    Bopak matures early and the tender leaves with crisp sweet stalks taste great. It’s a tasty addition to Oriental recipes and the tender leaves can be eaten raw in salads or sandwiches. Swap stalks for celery sticks, add to soups and stews, or grill on the barbecue. Plant every couple of weeks for a longer harvest. Stop planting when the weather turns hot, then start new plants in late summer for fall harvest. May be harvested as a baby Pak Choi as well as grown to full size. This classy plant will make an attractive “thriller” for patio pots and containers.

    Compact plant habit for close spacing and early maturing. Variety matures about 5 days earlier than other varieties. As well as cooking in Oriental recipes, the tender leaves can be eaten raw in salads or sandwiches. Swap stalks for celery sticks, add to soups and stews, grill on the barbecue. Very nice flavor even into the warmer weather. Attractive upright, uniform, and dense plant. Early maturing when harvested as baby Pak Choi. Great for home gardener with limited space. 

  • Geranium 'Salmon Frills'

    Large salmon blooms with a white edge and very free flowering. This variety has medium green foliage with a dark zone, adding additional interest. Extremely weather tolerant, this variety has good vigor for a nice sized container or garden bed. Good garden performance in cool weather as in heat and humidity, this variety also performs well from full sun to part shade.

  • Pepper 'Gordo'

    78 Days from transplant. Extra-long, large Lamuyo type fruit. Strong plants hold the fruit load well and provide good cover to their fruit. Fruit ripen from green to red and have good flesh thickness that makes for firm fruit that hold up well after harvest. Most of the fruit are two to three-lobed and have a flattened shape that resembles the shape of a "cow's tongue". If you want to grow extra-large peppers - Gordo is the one for you!

  • Petunia ‘Easy Wave™ Burgundy Star’ F1

    The first spreading petunia with a star pattern! A large white star decorates each 2 to 3 inch burgundy bloom. Abundantly flowering 6 to 12 inch mounded annual plants generously spread 30 to 39 inches in a sunny landscape and fill a garden with blooms all season long. This series is well known for its easy-to-flower, high-impact and versatile trailing plants with minimal maintenance requirements.

 

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