Each year Garden Design Magazine comes out with their top ten list of landscape trends for the upcoming year. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting a different trend. Next up? Giving back with gardens.
There are many joys associated with gardening. Exercise and fresh air, the beauty of blooming flowers, knowing where ones food is coming from and getting to eat the results of all your hard work… But one of the trends that has developed as a result of the increase in gardening interest, is the concept of giving back through gardening. How can gardens help you give back to your community? Here are three ideas for you to share that joy!
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1 – Gardening for Wildlife and Pollinators:
Planting flowers, shrubs and trees that are native to your area is a great way to increase the amount of habitat space for wildlife. Trees and shrubs are homes to insects and animals and by planting you are creating homes and food sources for all the little critters. The numbers of many pollinators have been suffering for many seasons. A small act such as planting perennials that offer pollen and nectar at different times of the year can help. If we all added a few pollinator plants those little changes can add up to big changes!
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2 – Donating Food:
If you have surplus fruits and veggies in your garden you can get in contact with a local food bank or church. They are always happy to accept surplus and distribute it where it is most needed. Are you part of a community group, garden club or church group? Consider growing as a way to give back to the community. Remember, things can also be frozen or canned to be distributed in the off season.
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3 – Donating Flowers:
Many nursing homes, hospitals and churches would be happy to accept cut bouquets to raise the spirits of those who need it most. Consider harvesting and donating some cut flowers to one of these groups. This can be a very rewarding activity for children as well if you are involved in a youth group.
For a full list of the trends visit: https://www.gardendesign.com/trends/2019.html