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Monday, April 25, 2011

Celebrating National Garden Month: GreenWorks! Students Break Ground in April

By Amanda Cooke in GreenWorks

Photo credit Amanda CookeThe National Gardening Association has declared April to be National Garden Month.  In the United States, April is the month to begin preparing the ground for planting outdoors. 

According to Vincent A. Fritz of the University of Minnesota, vegetables with an ideal outdoor planting date in April include asparagus, collards, horseradish, onion seeds, parsley, peas and rhubarb.  Hungry yet?

National Garden Month is the time of year when many GreenWorks! grant awardees break ground on their native plant gardens. 

GreenWorks! is a service-learning program of Project Learning Tree (PLT).  With support from the U.S. Forest Service and PollinatorLIVE, GreenWorks! has funded environmental projects in communities across the country since 1992.

After receiving a GreenWorks! grant, students in 20 states design and plan the projects in preparation for planting season.  If you were to visit a GreenWorks! project around this time of year, you're likely to find plots filled with native plant seedlings, grown to attract local pollinators-bees, butterflies, birds, bats and beyond. 

Are you a school or organization, interested in applying for a GreenWorks! grant? Visit http://www.plt.org/cms/pages/36_124_280.html to learn more. 

Earth Day is every day at the American Forest Foundation, though we celebrated April 22 with students during a school garden planting at D.C.'s Barnard Elementary School.  Check out PLT's Earth Day event blog post.

Photo of Barnard Elementary School student Samaya at PLT's 2011 Earth Day celebration, credit Amanda Cooke.

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