• 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 Gaillardia - Gaillardia aristata

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2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper - Admiral Yellow

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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.

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. #polliNATION

 

 

 

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National Garden Bureau, American Beauties and Midwest Groundcovers Install Pollinator Habitat of Native Plants at Growing Solutions Farm

American Beauties Native Plants, in partnership with grower Midwest Groundcovers, just donated 220 pollinator-friendly native plants to Chicago’s Growing Solutions Farm, a vocational therapeutic garden for young adults with autism. In 2014 National Garden Bureau hosted a fundraiser to support Growing Solutions Farm. By the end of 2014, NGB was able to donate over $44,000 in cash, products and supplies to the Farm.

On August 20th the young adults who work and get vocational training at Growing Solutions Farm installed those plants in a raised-bed pollinator-friendly bunker surrounding the edible gardens that make up the farm.

 “Last year during the IGC Show, I took several guests over to Growing Solutions Farm. One of those guests, Peggy Anne Montgomery, was so inspired by this project that she and American Beauties Natives worked with Midwest Groundcovers to make this donation a reality. It’s so nice that the farm now has the plants they need to create a haven for the pollinators that work so hard in the vegetable gardens.” Diane Blazek, National Garden Bureau.

“American Beauties is all about giving back and education. We couldn’t think of a more worthy cause. This is a phenomenal program!” – Peggy Anne Montgomery, Brand Manager American Beauties.

“When Midwest was approached about supporting this project, we were all-in and wanted to give back in any way.  Seeing the results of this project and the lives that are positively impacted by Growing Solutions Farm warms my heart.”  - Jill Bondi, Marketing Manager Midwest Groundcovers.

For more information about Growing Solutions Farm, click here.

 

  • Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'

    Imported from New Zealand. Has thin tender creamy-white skin, apple-shaped when ripe, up to 3 in dia., mild flavor, very prolific, similar to Lemon cucumber from the eary 1930's.

  • Bean 'Red Swan'

    A unique snap bean. A cross between a purple snap and a pinto. The color is dusty red-rose, stringless pods are 4-5 inches long, Bush habit.

  • Gerbera 'Royal Bicolor Red'

    Bicolor Red is an exciting addition to the Royal series of Gerbera. Flowers are primarily a vibrant red with a ring of white at the center of the flower. Plants bloom continuously so there are always open flowers with more on the way.  

  • Petunia 'Shock Wave Coral Crush'

    'Shock Wave' produces a mounded, spreading plant that is easy to grow and maintain. These excellent outdoor performers offer strong garden fill and season-long color that the Wave family varieties are known for. These petite-flowered plants perform equally well in small spaces, hanging baskets, containers and mixed combos. New 'Shock Wave Coral Crush' has a bright, fashionable color with a creamy throat for added interest.

  • Petunia 'Fuseables™ Multi-Pellets'

    Gardeners now have the opportunity to grow petunia blends that are perfect for combination planters and baskets. New seed technology helps take the guesswork out of choosing which petunias are compatible with each other by combining varieties that have been determined to grow well together and complement each other, thus creating a more natural looking mixture. Grandiflora petunias Sophistica™ Lime Green and Dreams Midnight are blended together into pellets that are easy to sow and grow, yielding attractive final results!

 

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