🍂 Pansies, A Fall Inspiration! 🍂

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Pansies, A Fall Inspiration

Pansies, with their large flower face and excellent cool-weather tolerance, are the perfect addition to your fall garden design.

And who’s to stop you there? Pansies are the perfect addition to edibles, gifts for that special someone and DIY crafts to make for home and those you love.

Pansies are the inspiration, now what are you going to do this fall?

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10 Top Daffodils for your Garden!

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Our 10 Favorite Daffodils to Plant This Fall!

Yellow trumpet daffodils are far and away the world’s most popular style of daffodils. But why stop there when the daffodil world has so much more to offer?

Start with these 10 timeless favorites. All have proven to be vigorous, sturdy and reliable perennials.

Which is your favorite?

Vote Now for Your Favorite 2017 Therapeutic Garden Today!

You Can Make the Difference!

  • The Farm at Penny Lane Horticultural Therapy Program
  • University of Wisconsin-Extension Milwaukee County
  • Monarch School of New England
Voting Open Through September 15th!

Vote for Your Favorite Therapeutic Garden🌻🌿

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You Decide The Garden Grant Winner!

Vote For Your Favorite Therapeutic Garden Today!
National Garden Bureau and Sakata Seed America, in an ongoing effort to raise awareness of horticulture and support the benefits of gardening, will grant $5,000 this fall to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America. The top vote-getter will receive $3,000, second and third place will receive $1,000 each.

Earlier this year, we issued a call to enter for established therapeutic gardens to apply for the grants that will be given away this fall. Of the nearly 50 entries submitted, our panel of experts narrowed down the field to these three finalists. These finalists, and their videos explaining their program, are profiled below.

It’s easy to vote! Cast your vote for your favorite garden here. Voting ends September 15, 2017. One vote per IP address.

Entry #1 – The Farm at Penny Lane Horticultural Therapy Program – Click here to vote
The Farm at Penny Lane Horticultural Therapy Program

The Farm at Penny Lane Horticultural Therapy Program, part of the Horticultural Therapy Program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, provides weekly horticultural therapy sessions to adults with serious and persistent mental illness.

Entry #2 – University of Wisconsin-Extension Milwaukee County – Click here to vote
University of Wisconsin-Extension Milwaukee County

The University of Wisconsin-Extension County in Milwaukee County serves three distinct populations at three sites which include Wil-O-Way Grant, Wil-O-Way Underwood, Vets Healing Garden at Kohl Community Farm and Garden

Entry #3 – Monarch School of New England – Click here to vote
Monarch School of New England

The Monarch School of New England (MSNE) in Rochester, New Hampshire, is a unique, comprehensive, private, non-profit, year-round, specialized, day school for students, 5 to 21 years of age, with severe physical, intellectual, emotional, medical and developmental disabilities.

Vote Now! Help Decide The Grant Award Winner!

Fall Gardening is Now!

Gardening through Fall!

15 AAS Winners for Fall Gardening

As the days get shorter, many gardeners might think their harvesting days are coming to a close but think again!

Many crops perform and taste better when grown in cooler temperatures.

Here are 15 of our AAS Winners that work well for fall gardening.  Read More…

Look to these companies to purchase our AAS Winners.

CaliKim, Garden & Home DIY shows you how to grow a late summer garden of warm weather veggies. She shares how to know if you have time in the growing season to start a late summer garden, how to get it started quickly, what All America Selection Winners she is growing and where she is planting.
Grow Your Own Beans this year for Thanksgiving with these tips from Gary Pilarchik, The Rusted Garden on growing Pole Bean ‘Seychelles’, our AAS 2017 Winner, in containers

Colorful Coleus, Tempting Tomatoes, Generous Grants + More New Plants in ’17

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When you are looking for color that lasts the season through, think Coleus! Coleus has a long history of use in our gardens and with new varieties each year, coleus has become an indispensable spot of color for many gardeners!

Read more about the different series of coleus out there today and check out the new 2017 additions! Beautiful!

Which one is your favorite?

Grown for its foliage, Coleus is one of the easiest and most diverse foliage in and out of the garden.  Coleus can be used in garden beds, containers, and patio pots and then brought indoors for winter color!
Learn more about how to care for and design with your Coleus for enjoyment year long!

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Is Your Garden Pollinator Friendly?

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Butterflies…Delightful Visitors!

There is no more delightful decoration for a garden than nature’s own–butterflies. On a warm sunny day, these visitors provide color and motion that doubles the pleasure of gardening. How fortunate for the gardener that it takes very little effort to make the yard attractive to butterflies!Learn more how to bring the wonder of butterflies to your garden here.

Create Your Own Pollinator-Friendly Garden

June 19 – 25, 2017 is National Pollinator Week.  To help perpetuate this great cause, National Garden Bureau is providing you with some additional specific tips on how to plant a pollinator-friendly garden.

Have fun creating your garden!

Bringing Kids, Pollinators & Gardening Together

Planting a garden to attract butterflies is an easy way to get children interested in gardening and nature while introducing them to science, all at the same time!

Read more on how to create this kid’s pollinator garden!
Exciting New Varieties!
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NGB Garden Grant Applications Now Available

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Applications Now Available for Therapeutic Garden Grants

In 2017, National Garden Bureau and Sakata Seed America are partnering to provide $5,000 in grant money to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.

National Garden Bureau promotes the health and healing powers of human interaction with plants through a yearly grant program for therapeutic gardens. Sakata Seed America is a leader in breeding vegetable and ornamental seed and vegetative cuttings. They are committed to supporting organizations throughout North America to help people live productive, healthy and enriched lives.
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 in learning new skills or regaining those that were 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.

National Garden Bureau and Sakata Seed America are now accepting applications from therapeutic gardens that meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a defined program using the garden to further particular goals for participants led 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.
To apply, therapeutic garden applicants should determine that they meet the criteria as outlined here then complete this application and submit it to the NGB office by the deadline of July 1, 2017.

In July/August, a group of horticulture therapy experts will narrow down applications to three finalists. Those three finalists will then be asked to submit a one-minute video that will be posted on www.ngb.org. 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 $3,000, second and third place will receive $1,000 each.

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
Heather Kibble, President, National Garden Bureau, Home Garden Vegetables Division Manager, Sakata Seed America

For more information about this project or National Garden Bureau, visit: www.ngb.org and follow National Garden Bureau on Social Media.