Coleus has a long history of use in our gardens as a foliage plant and has gone through various phases of popularity over the past couple of centuries. The relative ease of establishment after planting combined with a wide range of selections has made coleus indispensable in the garden and popular in the container as well.
Some of our best garden flowers started in the New World, went to Europe for culture, then returned to great acclaim. Gaillardia is one of these. Its daisy flowers usually come in shades of red or orange with fringed rays that look like their tips have been dipped in yellow paint. Plants bloom heavily from summer through fall, don’t mind the heat, and prosper with less water than most other high-performance flowers.
Sweet peppers bring a rainbow of colors and a plethora of shapes to the table. It is easy to value them for looks and flavor alone, but the sweet pepper is a nutritional powerhouse as well. Peppers have high nutrient levels at any stage but are the most beneficial when eaten fully ripe.
Plant a Pollinator Garden and Join the Challenge!
National Garden Bureau is proud to be part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. More than 25 organizations have formed the National Pollinator Garden Network, a coalition with a goal of getting 1 million Americans to plant a pollinator friendly garden, raised bed, container or window box.
Install any nectar or pollen producing plant then register your pollinator garden at this collaborative share site.
Follow our challenge at #polliNATION
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National Garden Bureau to Offer Grants to Therapeutic Gardens
National Garden Bureau, in an ongoing effort (#growingforfutures) to raise awareness of horticulture and support the benefits of gardening, will grant $10,000 this fall to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.
After fundraising for a vocational therapeutic garden in Chicago last year, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) is expanding its support of gardens that promote the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants. Beginning this month, NGB will begin accepting applications from therapeutic gardens that meet the following set of criteria:
1. Have a defined program using the garden to further particular goals for participants lead by a qualified leader. Examples include horticultural therapy, occupational, physical, vocational or rehabilitation therapy in a garden setting or using gardening to promote positive social relationships within a community.
2. Offer a nature experience/interface for population served, including, but not limited to veterans, special-needs children or young adults, the elderly and/or those recuperating from specific injuries or addictions.
3. Be used for job-training, skill-building, or food growing for at-risk youth, veterans, or the elderly.
4. Involve a large number of gardeners, clients, patients, visitors or students on a monthly basis.
From all the applications received, a group of horticulture therapy experts will narrow all applications down to three finalists. Those three finalists will then be asked to submit a one-minute video that will be posted on this website. All involved parties will solicit feedback from the public, using Social Media, to vote on the garden they wish to receive the grants. The top vote-getter will receive $5,000, second place will receive $3,000 and third place $2,000.
The panel of experts to determine the three garden finalists are:
Patty Cassidy, Registered Horticultural Therapist, American Horticultural Therapy Association board member and secretary
Barbara Kreski, Director, Horticultural Therapy Services, Chicago Botanic Garden
Julie Tracy, President, Julie+Michael Tracy Family Foundation/Growing Solutions Farm
Claire Watson, President, National Garden Bureau, Marketing Manager, PanAmerican Seed
To apply, therapeutic garden applicants should determine that they meet the criteria as outlined in this downloadable document and then complete this application and submit it to the NGB office by the deadline of July 15, 2015.
“We are looking forward to being able to support the therapeutic gardening efforts that are being created to help people rehabilitate from difficult situations. We encourage groups, however small, to participate for the chance to win a substantial contribution for their projects. Enter now!” encourages Claire Watson, National Garden Bureau President.
According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, horticultural therapy (HT) is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. In the 19th century, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and recognized as the "Father of American Psychiatry," was first to document the positive effect working in the garden had on individuals with mental illness.
HT techniques are employed to assist participants to learn new skills or regain those that are lost. A therapeutic garden is a plant-dominated environment purposefully designed to facilitate interaction with the healing elements of nature. There are many sub-types of therapeutic gardens including healing gardens, enabling gardens, rehabilitation gardens, and restorative gardens.
For more information about this project follow #growingforfutures on Social Media.
This eggplant excels in every way. The plump, dark-skinned, radiant fruits arrive up to a week before other large fruited varieities. 'Early Midnight' is 6-inches in diameter and nearly seedless, yielding creamy sweet fruits with gourmet-worthy flavor.
Large, vibrantly colored oval shaped peppers are held above attractive, compact plants. Trendy, stylish and colorful, 'Cubana' makes an ideal host/hostess gift and also makes an excellent fall display with its rich, autumnal colors. Available in 4 solid colors: Deep Orange, Light Orange, Red, Yellow and 2 multicolors: Multicolor Orange and Multicolor Red.
Heavy yield of bright red very hot 7-inch chile peppers. Has the appearance of a marconi but the spicyness of a cayenne. Fruits can either be consumed fresh, roasted, or dried and used as herb. As it name states Giant Ristra red fruit can be strung together in long bunches and dried and displayed and used throughout the winter months.
These remarkable plants represent a breeding breakthrough: robust, sun-loving, heat-loving New Guinea-type impatiens that thrive in full sun or part shade and deliver continuous color from spring through hard frost. Unaffected by downy mildew, SunPatiens® are an excellent alternative to seed impatiens, offering non-stop color and impressive 3-to-1 coverage in the garden.
With shorter internodes and exceptional branching for dense, bushy plants, the Compact SunPatiens grow 16-32 inches/40-80 cm tall and 14-24 inches/35-60 cm wide in the landscape.
Bred by Suntory Flowers, 'Surfinia Summer Double' petunias have extraordinary heat and rain tolerance. Flowers remain double in 90-degree heat. While traditional double petunias get soggy and slimy in rain, the Summer Double flowers are smaller and tightly held to shed rain with ease. As the season progresses, new flowers emerge to bury old ones, reducing the need for deadheading. Available in three colors – Rose, Pink and White. The Summer Doubles are a spinoff of Suntory’s world-class Surfinia petunia series.