• 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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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.

 

  • Begonia 'Nightlife Blush'

    A blushing wall flower, this is not! The large bicolor flowers of 'Nightlife Blush' have a bright white center edged in a rich pink. The dark bronze leaves (the darkest on the market) only enhance the intensity of the blooms in sun or shade.The uniform, compact plants fill in quickly and hold up well to the heat for a full bed of intense color all season long.  

  • Viola 'Floral Power® Lilac Rose White Centre' F1

    Ideal for early spring, 'Floral Power Lilac Rose White Centre' produces an abundance of round-shaped thick petaled blooms on compact, yet vigorous, plants.

  • Tomato 'Sunpeach'

    Delicious, pink cherry tomato. 'Sunpeach,' sister variety to 'Sun Gold,' is not as tangy and acidic as its famous orange relative, but is very sweet with excellent flavor. Deep pink, shiny cherries are borne on long trusses. Vigorous, healthy, high-yielding plants. Resistance to leaf mold helps it stay healthy in high tunnels. Resistant to cracking. Indeterminate.

     

     

  • Pepper, Chile 'Gusto Purple' F1

    'Gusto Purple' is a hybrid medium hot type pepper adaptable to a range of growing techniques. Suited to cropping indoors or out. The yield is particularly good with a good level of holding ability.  The compact, mounding plants remain 12 inches wide and tall. The tidy plants are covered in slender, flame-shaped fruit, maturing from purple to rich red color. Provides a stunning display in the garden or container.

    This new variety has been developed in the UK and shows great promise for a moderate climate and either amateur or professional cropping. Chile peppers are rich in vitamins C, A, B6, and potassium.

  • Bean 'Furano'

    Furano produces excellent flavor and pod quality, putting it on track to become the new market leader in Romano beans.

    • Soon to become the next standard for Romano-type beans
    • Exceptional eating quality enhanced by low fiber
    • Upright bush habit for ease of harvest of its flavorful beans
    • Widely adapted to major garden bean growing areas

     

 

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