Celebrate The Art of Gardening for National Gardening Week

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National Gardening Week, celebrated in the United States from June 2-8, 2024 is a week dedicated to honoring the art of the gardening world. Celebrations, workshops, and educational events are held for all skill levels, from novice to expert gardeners.

It is spearheaded by National Garden Clubs, a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri that promotes the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.

This week is about bringing more awareness to the importance of gardening and preserving gardening traditions and practices by passing on knowledge to new gardeners. Most importantly, it’s about simply enjoying gardening and the positive effects of it.

National Gardening Week Is Dedicated to Celebrate the Importance of Gardening

National Gardening Week is a time for garden enthusiasts, communities, and organizations to come together to recognize and promote the joy and significance of gardening.

 

The beauty of creating your own garden full of your favorite plants, flowers, and colors
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The origins of National Gardening Week can be traced back to the efforts of gardening organizations and enthusiasts who wanted to highlight the positive impact of gardening on individuals and communities. Gardening has long been a cherished pastime in the United States, providing a source of fresh produce and beautiful landscapes and numerous environmental, health, and social benefits. The celebration aims to raise awareness about these benefits and encourage more people to engage in gardening activities.

 

Growing and creating your own garden
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Arranging garden plants
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One of the primary reasons for celebrating National Gardening Week is to emphasize the importance of gardening for health and well-being. Gardening is a physical activity that can improve strength, stamina, and flexibility. It also has mental health benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety, fostering a sense of accomplishment, and providing a therapeutic connection with nature. Engaging in gardening can be particularly beneficial for older adults, offering a way to stay active and engaged.

 

The art of gardening
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In addition to personal health benefits, gardening plays a crucial role in environmental sustainability. Gardens can enhance biodiversity by providing various plants, insects, and animal habitats. They contribute to cleaner air and water by absorbing pollutants and reducing runoff. Home gardens, especially those that employ sustainable practices like composting and rainwater harvesting, can significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with food production and transportation. Having the right gardening tools will also be crucial at the time of creating your garden and taking care of it.

 

A colorful and green garden
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But before getting into more detail, how about learning a bit more about the history of this day?

History of National Gardening Week

The history of gardening in America dates back to 1565, when Spanish settlers brought plants from Spain and novelties from the West Indies to St. Augustine, Florida. English colonists arrived in Virginia several years later in 1607, naming their settlement Jamestown. In addition to cultivating crops cultivated by Native Americans, such as tobacco, corn, beans, and squash, they also brought seeds from England.

Between 1619 and 1865, during the slave trade, the gardens created by African American slaves in the U.S. were significant in the history of gardening. In this period, African Americans found time to cultivate their garden plots despite having to attend to the crops of slave owners. Their gardens provided additional food to the enslaved community and sometimes yielded enough produce to sell for profit.

The establishment of Philadelphia’s Botanic Garden by John Bartram in 1728 stands as one of the garden’s greatest achievements in history. It’s the oldest known surviving example of its kind in North America. Bartram started exchanging plants and seeds with botanist and London businessman Peter Collinson. Because of his great standing in both international trade and botany, King George III bestowed upon him the title ‘Royal Botanist’. He was regarded as the world’s greatest naturalist and is thought to have brought 150 plant species from North America to Europe.

After this, the pioneers of National Garden Week, National Garden Clubs, was established in 1891 with branches in 19 states. National Garden Clubs organizes community gardening projects as well as provides educational programs. They also produce a quarterly publication called ‘The National Gardener’. In addition to these, they offer college scholarships and grants for youth clubs planting pollinator gardens.

 

Doing gardening activities
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Community Gardens and Activities to Celebrate National Gardening Week

Community gardening is another focal point of National Gardening Week. Community gardens bring people together, fostering a sense of community and shared purpose. These spaces provide opportunities for people to learn from one another, share resources, and collaborate on projects that beautify and improve neighborhoods. Community gardens can also address issues of food insecurity by providing fresh, healthy produce to those in need. Plus it gives you that extra fun activity you’ve been looking for if your routine has been a little monotonous. Gardening can fix anything. A bad day, too much stress, or feeling uneasy? An activity such as gardening will aid in letting your mind and soul feel more nurtured.

 

Gardening as a community
Photo: @bethchattogardens

 

There are numerous events and activities planned all around the nation during the week. These consist of plant sales, garden tours, workshops, and educational events for both beginning and seasoned gardeners. To engage students, schools frequently integrate gardening projects into their curricula, teaching them about the biology and ecology of plants as well as the value of a balanced diet. Local botanic gardens and garden clubs are also important, providing knowledge and materials to assist individuals in beginning their own gardens.

Many organizations, such as the American Horticultural Society, the National Garden Bureau, and several local nonprofits and gardening clubs, support National Gardening Week. These organizations help to make gardening accessible to everyone by offering helpful resources like plant guides, gardening tips, and information on sustainable practices.

 

Flowers in a garden to beautify it
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Ways to Engage and Celebrate Gardening Week

During this week, everyone has their ways of celebrating and paying tribute to what could be called the most fascinating things to habit the earth: plants and flowers. Here are just a few ideas:

Celebrate the day by planning an educational program on gardening. It would bring a lot of people together for socializing and educating them at the same time.

 

Watering plants in a garden
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Grab a few girlfriends and host a planting party during National Gardening Week! Container gardens are an easy way to decorate your patio for summer, enhance your home’s curb appeal, or dress up your deck. Just choose a set of planters, pick up some greenery and flowers from your local garden center, and make sure you have good soil. Sip some wine, get your gardening gloves dirty, and before you know it you and your friends will have eye-catching arrangements perfect for summer.

 

Beautifying gardens with flowers
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Last but not least, you can take time to plan a garden tour to celebrate the day. It would be a good time to share ideas on gardening alongside other people interested in gardening. Talking about making your garden more beautiful and adding that extra ‘wow’ factor, make sure to read the article ‘8 Gardening Trends to Look Out for in 2024’.

 

Czechmark Trilogy Weigela in a garden

Czechmark Trilogy Weigela flowers beautifying a garden

 

This week attempts to foster a culture that recognizes and appreciates the value of nourishing the environment and people’s well-being by promoting gardening as a means of participation. Gardening provides a variety of opportunities for people to interact with nature and enhance their quality of life, whether it is through a communal plot, a backyard vegetable garden, or a balcony decorated with potted plants.

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