• 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.
2015: Year of the Coleus - Abbey Road


2015: Year of the Gaillardia - Gaillardia aristata


2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper - Admiral Yellow



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 somethign about it!
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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:


  • Coleus 'Kong Jr.'

    'Kong Jr.' has huge foliage with unique color combinations. Adds interest to shade garden beds and containers. Scaffold leaves create great plant dimension. Available in several colors. New from Ball Seed.

  • Pepper 'Plato'

    Plato is an attractive, medium-dark green bell pepper hybrid.  The large to extra-large, blocky, firm fruit matures to red on a medium to large, robust plant.

  • Tomato ‘Marmara’ F1

    ‘Marmara’ is a Marmande type hybrid with smooth ridged green shoulders, sweet flavor, and good texture. They are firm enough for salads and pasta dishes and slice nicely for sandwiches. The oblate shaped 3 to 4 inch red tomatoes weigh 5 to 6 ounces. Disease tolerance to ToMV, V race 1, and F race 1. You will want to stake this 36-inch indeterminate plant. Matures in 75 to 80 days.

  • Tomato 'Biltmore'

    Extra large and smooth, Biltmore has already won prizes for its enormous size.  With mid-season maturity, Biltmore is a reliable home garden tomato hybrid with a continous set.

  • Watermelon 'Yellow Sweet Gem'

    This beautiful sister to Crimson Sweet has a tough med-thick hard rind, light green with small dark green stripes, Bright yellow flesh with high sugars. Great for any summer occasion.



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