NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH!

NO A-Z BLOG DAY: Sunday, April 8th: The A to Z blogging challenge has a day of rest today. No alphabets to ponder for the day. But we still need something to celebrate today. I know, today is Easter and much of the nation is either in church, celebrating the resurrection, or out with the children hunting the infamous Easter Eggs. Since not everyone celebrates Easter, I chose another celebration to post. It’s NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH!

No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden.
 ~Hugh Johnson

The National Gardening Association sponsors this celebration every April. This month is a perfect match with our beautiful spring days warmed by the sun coupled with the beauty of the earth awakening in flowers and greenery.

Individuals, communities and organizations celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. The NGA states, “Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Join the celebration and help to makeAmericaa greener, healthier, more livable place.”

As Linda Solegato said, “Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.”

There are so many ways to celebrate this month. Some suggestions from the National Gardening Association are:

  • Design and plant a garden to attract pollinators.
  • Plant a cutting garden so you can enjoy freshly cut bouquets all season long.
  • Plant herbs for making your own herbal tea (try mints, bee balm, or chamomile).
  • Plant a peace garden.
  • Plant a kitchen garden near your back door with greens and herbs for convenient harvesting.
  • Design and plant a bird-friendly garden.
  • Grow a “multicultural” garden.
  • Grow a fragrance garden; include aromatic plants such as heliotrope, oriental lilies, nicotiana, and stock.
  • Plant a wildflower meadow.

For helpful links on how to accomplish some of the above suggestions and the full listing of “101 Ways to Celebrate National Garden Month”, go check out: http://www.nationalgardenmonth.org/index.php?page=101ways

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