Category Archives: Gardening
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced 10 grants to support 155 People’s Gardens in neighborhoods from Maryland to Hawaii. These sustainable community gardens will give residents direct access to fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved neighborhoods. A lack of access to fresh and nutritious food fuels obesity and domestic food insecurity—a condition where households experience limited or uncertain access to adequate food. “The simple act of planting a garden can help unite neighborhoods around a common effort and inspire … Continue reading
As we talked about in our article “A Positive Distraction” (Sept/Oct 2011, http://bit.ly/mYNw1f), a garden has the power to heal. This Urban Times magazine article talks more about the power of gardens to heal us both physically and emotionally. Peace gardens, memorial gardens and hospital gardens are becoming more plentiful. Learn more at http://bit.ly/uLpD61.
Don’t let your garden feel left out this Halloween. Help it dress up for the holiday with a few spooky plants. Orange and black plants, thorny plants and plants with scary names like “Diablo Ninebark” and “Witches Broom” are a treat for any garden. Learn more in this blog post from Costa Farms: http://bit.ly/uz10ek
See the 50 hottest new plants rock the runway at the 2012 National Green Centre this January. The 2012 Sweet Melissa Fashion Show will be part of the National Green Centre trade show Jan. 8-9 in Kansas. The show is presented by the Western Nursery & Landscape Association. This is your chance to see the plants, talk to the breeders and growers, and make sure you order these new plants for spring so you’re ready when the consumer asks for … Continue reading
The connection between nature and healing has been known for more than a thousand years. Asian cultures were the first to recognize how lush gardens could induce tranquility and healing. Later, in the Middle Ages, European monasteries featured elaborate gardens to comfort and provide solitude to people under the monks’ care. And even until the late 1800s, U.S. and European hospitals, too, tended private gardens, where patients could sit closer to nature to expedite the natural healing process. By the … Continue reading