• 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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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.


Every little bit helps!


Click here for National Wildlife Federation's tips to create a wildlife habitat.       Click here for Pollinator Partnership's planting guides.                                         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.

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.

 

  • Bean 'Asparagus Red Podded'

    Bright red poded Asian beans which grow up to 24 inches long. Tender and very tasty, especially when stir fried with other garden vegetables. Small seeded with a exceptional yield on 10 to 12 ft vines. Also, consider flash frying these tasty beans, steaming is not the best culinary choice.  Red Asparagus beans are so attractive that all your neighbors will notice them on your arbor and want to grow them also.

  • Osteospermum 'Margarita Supreme White'

    Great variety which blooms from early spring until frost. It is constantly covered with large amount of flowers. Plant is great for patio planters, garden beds and as a divider. This variety stands out for its large flowers and higher vigor in comparison to other osteospermums which are on the market.

  • Hydrangea L.A. Dreamin'

    L.A. Dreamin' from Ball Ornamentals is the first Hydrangea macrophylla to show Blue, Pink and every color in between on the same plant. No need to add any aluminum sulfate or special fertilizer to your soil, this plant takes the guesswork out of growing pink-and-blue hydrangeas. It has great reblooming power, too. Hardy in zones 5 to 10. It's a gardener's dream come true with a multi-color show all summer long.

  • Squash 'Golden Egg'

    Golden-yellow egg-shaped squash measures up to 5" across, boasting succulent creamy flesh with hints of chartreuse. The best-tasting squash in Burpee's taste trials for two years in a row. A picture-perfect gourmet sensation.

  • Onion Long Day Sampler

    This is a mixed bunch of a white, red and yellow onions.  Some sweet, some mild and some pungent in flavor.  This is a good choice for a small home gardener to try and sample a variety of onions.

 

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