• 2015: Year of the Coleus
    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.
  • 2015: Year of the Gaillardia
    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.
  • 2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper
    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.
 
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2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper - Admiral Yellow

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National Garden Bureau's Fundraising Effort Pays Off for Young Adults with Autism

Donations of cash, services and products from individuals and major corporations have resulted in gifts totaling $43,398 for the Growing Solutions Farm located in Chicago, IL. 

In July 2014, National Garden Bureau, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the horticulture industry, announced the launch of Growing for Futures #growingforfutures, an annual philanthropic effort to benefit therapeutic gardens across the country. 
 
National Garden Bureau thanks the following organizations for their cash contributions: ABZ Seeds, All-America Selections, Ball Horticultural Company, Bruss Landscaping, Caitlin, Inc., Greenheart Farms, Hem Genetics, Home Garden Seed Assn., Pen & Petal, Planter’s Palette, ProPlugger, Proven Winners, Sakata Ornamentals, Seeds by Design, Seminis and Terra Organics.
 
National Garden Bureau also thanks the following companies for their generous product and service donations: Bailey Nurseries, Dixondale Farms, Garden Patch GrowBox, Gardener’s Supply, GreenMark PR, Illinois Concrete Pipe Association, Irish Eyes Garden Seed, Lake Valley Seed, Park Seed and Oldcastle Lawn & Garden. 

Click here to help us continue to fund the garden's expansion with a donation via PayPal.

 

 

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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.

 

  • Gourd 'Spinning/Dancing'

    This little gourd produces a large number of extremely small bird house shaped fruits. This a great item for toys,ornamental and decorations.

  • Mix Vegetable 'Burpee's BOOST Collection'

    To Your Health! Our experts have selected six of our most nutritious and delicious vegetables- for a harvest of health. 'BOOST' includes six vegetables, each "Best-inClass" for taste and nutrition: Tomatoes 'Solar Power', 'Power Pops', 'Cherry Punch'; Pepper 'Sweat Heat'; Cucumber 'Gold Standard', and Lettuce 'Healing Hands Mix'.

  • Gazania ‘Big Kiss™ White Flame’ F1
    ‘Big Kiss’ large brightly colored shapely 4.5-inch blooms really pop as they are held high above the foliage by strong stems. These full, bushy plants 8 to 10 inches tall and wide will fill containers quickly. The new ‘Big Kiss’ series is available in 2 unique, bold colors and patterns and a mix. Loves the heat and adapts to water stress. You will want to grow this annual in your sunny garden or container.
  • Pea 'Blue Podded'

    Productive Dutch strain of purple/blue pea. A tri use pea which can be used young as an edible podded pea, shell peas during mid season and harvest dry pods later for soup peas. Plants have spectacular 5 to 6' tall plants that are so beautiful you could grow for an ornamental.

  • Penstemon 'Arabesque Red’ F1 AAS 2014 Regional Winner

    Another AAS Winner for the pollinator garden that the hummingbirds will love! Plus, the first ever penstemon to become an AAS Winner in more than eighty years of trialing. This beauty is a season-long repeat bloomer with large tubular blooms almost one inch across on strong vigorous stems. ‘Arabesque Red’ is best started indoors then transplanted for a longer bloom time. Great for combination containers and can be used as an annual or as a perennial for gardens in zones 6-9.

    Heartland region, Mountain/Southwest region, West/Northwest region

 

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