Becoming a Horticulture Therapist: From Hobby to Career

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Discover NGA's Career Connections

Read short bios from each NGA staff member, find out what led them into their careers, and why gardening and connecting with nature is important. Read more »

After spending 20 years as an independent contractor for numerous companies, Lisa Lindmark has found her “best job” as a horticulture instructor at a 600+ patient mental health hospital.

The Beginning of a Library Garden

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Libraries have a unique opportunity to provide a visual connection between literature and nature. Grants are available to support library gardens, but often require someone with a vision. National Gardening Association offers assistance in this area. Whether you’re interested in developing a particular theme garden or a garden that encompasses a variety of books, our professional staff of landscape architects, horticulturists and educators can help you develop your vision. Visit Library Gardens for more information about how we can design your library garden which will in turn help you as your seek support for funding the installation of this space.

The Village of Plain City Garden features several animal topiaries named after classic authors.In an effort to preserve the historic Village of Plain City, Ohio, local gardeners and members of the county Master Gardener program pulled their resources to establish a landmark for the town.

Teaching Kids about Water and Soil Conditions

A previous newsletter highlighted the impacts sunlight and wind have on the family garden and microclimate surroundings.

Getting Ready for Seed Starting

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Read more from the January 2015 edition of Kids Garden News:

Selecting Seeds for the Garden

Make a Seed Starting and Planting Calendar

Kitchen Scrap Gardening

Get 10% Growlabs at the Gardening with Kids Shop now through January 31, 2015 using the code GetGrowing2015 at checkout!  


It may still be cold and wintry in much of the country, but the days are getting longer and the sun a little stronger each day. This reminds us that spring is, indeed, down the road and it’s time to begin making preparations for starting the seeds of vegetables that need an indoor headstart before transplanting to the garden.

Feed Birds This Winter

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Looking for a fun and educational stocking stuffer? Give the birder in your life DIY paper birds. A great decoration no matter the season. 

Read more from the December 2014 edition of Kids Garden News:

Make a Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Creating an Edible Schoolyard at Sac High

The Winter Bird-Friendly Schoolyard

Winter bird feeding is a wonderful introduction to the world of birds!  Observing the colorful parade of birds that visit a feeder in winter and learning to identify who’s who is not only fun for kids and adults; it also encourages a sense of environmental stewardship toward  birds and other wild creatures. Landscaping your yard with plants that provide avian food and cover is a great way to improve bird habitat.


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Learn more about the Hyatt Regency Jersey City

Learn more about Hyatt Thrive

Hotel awards US $20,100 grant ($12,600 from Hyatt Community Grant and $7,500 from Hyatt Jersey City Associates) to for its positive community impact.

Extend the Growing Season in Your Classroom

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Special offer for KGN subscribers: Save 10% on Grow Lights available through our Gardening with Kids shop. All sales support youth garden grants and free resources such as Use coupon code KGNGROW10 at checkout. Offer valid through the end of November.

Don't let cold weather slow down your classroom's gardening efforts! Use winter months to extend “green” experiences by cultivating indoor gardens. Most schools garden during the fall and spring, but by incorporating plant activities indoors you can reap the benefits of hands-on, interdisciplinary horticulture lessons year round. Using grow lights or sunny windowsills, your class can experiment with growing a wide range of plants, from houseplants and blooming bulbs to edible crops like radishes and lettuce.

Carton 2 Garden Contest

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The Carton 2 Garden program is part of Evergreen Packaging’s ongoing effort to raise awareness among consumers on the eco-friendly benefits of paper cartons. Cartons are an eco-friendly packaging choice because more than 70% of milk carton packaging is paper, made from trees, a renewable resource. Currently, over 50% of households in the United States have access to recycling programs that accept paper milk cartons.

Drinking milk and juice has never been more fun with Evergreen Packaging’s Carton 2 Garden Contest. Evergreen Packaging and are on the lookout for your creative and sustainable uses for recycled milk and juice cartons in the garden. Schools are encouraged to collect, design, and construct garden-related structures made from empty cartons and document their experience.

Tips and Tools for Harvest Time

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Celebrate the harvest by saving 10% on our Gardening with Kids shop. All sales support youth garden grants and free resources such as Use coupon code KGNHARVEST10 at checkout. Offer valid through the end of October.


Back to School Basics

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Just for our readers, SAVE 20% through the month of September at — just use coupon code BACK2SCHOOL20 at checkout.

Please note that this offer excludes greenhouses and sheds.

It’s not too late in the season to install or expand your school garden. Encourage your new students to become engaged in the garden and lay the foundation for successful spring planting by trying some fun garden projects this fall. Inspire young gardeners to get involved at the beginning of the academic year by giving them hands-on opportunities to add to the garden. Getting involved in the school garden means much more than harvesting fall produce, raking leaves, and composting.

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