National Garden Week takes place annually in the first full week of June. This year it is held from June 2 to 8. 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. The day 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, the day is about simply enjoying gardening.
History of National Garden Week
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 all these, they offer college scholarships and grants for youth clubs planting pollinator gardens.
Gardening in America can be traced as far back as the year 1565, when Spaniards settled in St. Augustine, Florida, and brought plants from Spain and novelties from the West Indies. Years later, in 1607, English colonists settled in Virginia and named their colony Jamestown. They brought seeds from England but also cultivated crops grown by Native Americans, such as tobacco, corn, beans, and squash.
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.
One major feat in gardening history came when John Bartram of Philadelphia established his botanic garden in 1728. It is known to be the oldest surviving of its kind in North America. Bartram began trading seeds and plants with Peter Collinson, a London merchant, and botanist. He had a huge reputation in international trade and in Botany, which earned him the title of ‘Royal Botanist’ to King George III. He was believed to have introduced 150 North American plant species to Europe and was considered the greatest naturalist in the world.
National Garden Week timeline
Spaniards settle in St. Augustine, Florida, and bring plants from Spain and novelties from the West Indies.
English colonists settle in Virginia and bring seeds from England.
African American slaves in the U.S. cultivate gardens for their slave masters.
John Bartram establishes his botanic garden.
The National Garden Club is formed with branches in 19 states.
National Garden Week FAQs
Who made the first garden?
Gardening started in Egypt about 4,000 years ago.
What is the largest garden in the world?
The largest botanical garden in the world is the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England, and is a 300-acre garden.
When did gardens start?
The first public gardens were built by the Spanish in Europe and the Americas in the 16th century.
National Garden Week Activities
Plan an educational program
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.
Beautify the environment
Place a flower arrangement at public facilities. It helps to beautify the environment as well as make the environment healthier.
Plan a garden tour
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.
5 Tools You Need For Gardening
To start gardening, a hand-held trowel is a must-have for a multitude of everyday gardening tasks, like breaking up clumps of soil and digging small holes.
They are used for harvesting fresh produce.
Hose and/or watering can
From the name, you already know what it’s used for.
They help to create smooth, level soil while removing unwanted weeds.
They give you the ability to dig holes, move soil and relocate plants.
Why We Love National Garden Week
Gardens beautify the home
Gardens beautify the home with a mix of colors. Depending on what type of plants you decide to go for, you’ll have a colorful area in your home.
It brings people together
National Garden Week brings people together. Seeing people who enjoy the same thing you do gives a sense of belonging and can only be beneficial to a community.
It promotes healthy living
Having a garden in or close to your house would help you consume more naturally made food. This works wonders for the health.
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