Back in the 1980s, the National Garden Bureau worked with 23 cosponsoring national horticultural organizations to legislate National Garden Week, and in 1986 President Reagan signed the Proclamation. In 2002, the National Gardening Association resolved to extend the celebration to encompass the entire month of April.
All gardeners know the innumerable benefits that gardening brings to people and their communities, and this is a month where we can spread that message to those who aren’t directly involved. All around the country, educational activities, public events, government proclamations, local plant sales and swaps, and garden center seminars, are all occurring this month, building excitement and increasing participation in gardening.
Take some time this month to engage your family, friends, and neighbors in gardening. For small children: grow a hideout by planting sunflowers in the shape of a secret hideaway house. Get outside and garden with your family. Make a window box salad garden, find new ways to be green this month, garden in the city or the country, and read all about the All-America Selections winners, and much more.