Growing tired of winter yet? As much as we all may enjoy a cozy night by the fire, the change in seasons brings a much needed chance to shed that Vampire-like avoidance of daylight and venture back into the great outdoors. April is, after all, the month when spring springs, so April’s National Garden Month is the right time to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature’s colorful antidote to cabin fever.
National Garden Month - History
National Garden Month is Born
The National Gardening Association extends the celebration to last the full month of April.
National Garden Week Initiated
President Reagan signs a proclamation to kick off the first annual celebration.
University of Pisa Physic Garden
One of the first known botanical gardens is created to aid the study of medicinal plants.
605 - 562 B.C
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
This possibly mythical ancient wonder of the world would have been built for King Nebuchadnezzar during this period.
National Garden Month Activities
1. Stop and smell the roses
Visiting a local rose garden, or really any garden in general, can be a great, cheap date or just a fun way to celebrate National Garden Month. Pack a picnic and have a fun lunch after a romantic stroll amongst the flowers, or get your knowledge on by visiting a nearby nature conservatory.
2. Plant something
Giving life to plants may not be your thing… yet. It’s never too late to discover the joys of planting a seed and watching it grow. Even better, you could plant some herbs or veggies and experience the added joy of tasting the fruits, if you will, of your labor. April can be a great time to plant tomatoes, beets, corn, basil, and more.
3. Decorate your garden
Spicing up your green space isn't just about planting some chili peppers. Turn your backyard garden into a Shangri-La by setting up some outdoor chairs or a comfy bench. You can transform it from a place for performing dirty labor into a place for breathing in some fresh, fragrant air.
Why We Love National Garden Month
A. It’s about Mother Nature
April means spring and spring means a chance to celebrate new life. Sure you can get outside just to enjoy the sun, but don’t forget to take note of all that’s budding around you. Tulips, freesia, sunflowers, and roses, and are just some of the flowers you might see in bloom during National Garden Month.
B. It’s about going back to your roots
There’s nothing quite like digging into the soil to plant a seed, and then watching it take root and grow. Getting dirty in the garden and watching new life form before your eyes brings a special kind of joy that’s you can’t really experience through any other activity.
C. It’s an excuse to get some Vitamin D
Our bodies produce Vitamin D as a response to sunlight, so being out in the garden means getting some good stuff flowing through your system. Vitamin D has all kind of great health benefits like helping with weight loss and bone development, and improving the immune system. Translation: gardening is good for your health!