For 40 years, the National Gardening Association (NGA) has been working to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. As a nonprofit leader in plant-based education, our vision is to make available free educational plant-based materials, grants, and resources that speak to young minds, educators, youth and community organizations, and the general gardening public in five core areas; education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. For more information, visit www.garden.org or www.kidsgardening.org.
NGA is a leading national provider of K-12, plant-based educational materials. With teachers and community leaders serving as guides, our school and youth gardening programs help children gain knowledge in science, literacy, social studies, nutrition, the environment, and personal skills areas such as leadership, problem-solving, and team building.
Health and Wellness
The satisfying experiences of planting, cultivating, and harvesting fruits and vegetables creates a lifelong appreciation for healthy living. Beyond formal educational materials, our plant-based resources address pervasive health concerns such as poor nutrition and inactivity. By supporting thousands of school and community gardens nationwide, we help children and adults establish links between plants, gardening, food, and health.
Gardens are a microcosm of the environment. Landscaping with water, native plants, and habitat-friendly gardens is a portal for understanding concepts and issues in environmental education both at home and at school. NGA's programs foster environmental stewardship by providing the resources, knowledge base, and tools to help learners become environmentally connected.
We have a long-standing commitment to community initiatives. Founded as Gardens For All, NGA still strives to keep this philosophy alive by developing programs that help rebuild neighborhoods, instill community pride, build self-esteem, and “green up” urban environments. Community gardens provide a source of food, add aesthetic value, encourage physical activity, help preserve cultural identity and, most importantly, cultivate neighborhood relationships.
Americans consistently rank gardening as a favorite hobby. To help people be successful in any setting, we provide a wealth of information, inspiration, and resources for novice and experienced gardeners alike. We actively promote “best practice” principles that result in healthier lawns and gardens, and encourage the public to appreciate and participate in a range of gardening activities.
Give a Garden® Program
The Give a Garden® program links schools lacking resources to provide children with plant-based learning opportunities with businesses and people who have the ability and desire to help. Through this program NGA hopes to attain its goal of achieving A Garden in Every School®. Learn more about the Give a Garden® program »
Curriculum Guides & Resources
NGA authors and publishes curricular materials that support plant-based education efforts in school and community gardens nationwide. Classic titles include GrowLab®: Activities for Growing Minds, Steps to a Bountiful Kids' Garden, Schoolyard Mosaics, and Growing Ventures, as well as home gardening titles such as our well-received series of “… for Dummies” gardening books. As a publisher, NGA also brings curricula such as The Growing Classroom, Math in the Garden, and the LiFE (Linking Food and the Environment) series to the market, and produces custom projects such as the California School Garden Network's Gardens for Learning and online curricula such as Harvest of History, Mountain Adventures, and Nature's Partners.
Gardening with Kids Resource Catalog
School and youth gardens are ideal vehicles for teaching across the curriculum, enlivening learning, and helping young people develop lifelong social skills. Our print and online catalogs offer plant-based curricula, horticultural information, products that engage kids in active learning and exploration, and general items sized for young gardeners or designed to solve gardening challenges. Visit the Gardening with Kids store »
Grants & Awards Programs
Since 1983 NGA has supported plant-based education through its innovative Youth Garden Grants and an array of awards programs. Corporate partnerships provide funding, and NGA collects data to track the impact of these programs. For a complete list of our grants and awards programs and detailed Evaluation Survey results, read more »
Industry & Corporate Partners
NGA collaborates extensively with corporations in support of K-12, health and wellness, environmental, community, and home gardening educational programs and initiatives. Our partners share in our work and our recognition as a leader in gardening and plant-based education. Learn more about our sponsors »
NGA is a trusted source for garden news and information. We provide vital data services to lawn and garden, educational, and trade publications. NGA's education programs, research highlights, and gardening information regularly appear in national magazines and newspapers and a variety of consumer media. Visit our press room »
Research Services & Support
We actively work to expand the base of knowledge in the fields of lawn and garden care, environmental impact, sustainability of home gardening practices, and plant-based education. Our primary audience segments are home gardeners, educators, and students. Learn more about our research services »
Teacher Professional Development
NGA helps teachers expand their knowledge of plant-based education and use school gardens effectively. We offer numerous online resources, including From Seed to Seed, a self-paced plant-based science course for K-8 educators. We also conduct seminars and workshops at educator conferences, and, in cooperation with universities and related nonprofits, we act as a clearinghouse for results of research on plant-based education.
Vermont Garden Park
NGA's headquarters are located in South Burlington, Vermont, on 14 acres of conserved land. Working with individual volunteers, local garden clubs, Master Gardeners, and the University of Vermont, NGA has installed a number of flourishing demonstration gardens for the community, offering visitors a variety of themed gardens to enjoy. NGA also presents seasonal gardening workshops for children and families.
Our Web sites represent crucial hubs where gardeners and educators find information and inspiration. Each month, nearly half a million novice and experienced gardeners take advantage of the region-specific information found in our Regional Reports and participate in our gardening blogs. They peruse our extensive article, FAQ, pest and weed control, and how-to project libraries, and consult our planting guides, event calendar, horticultural news, online gardening courses, and garden industry research data. Visit www.garden.org or www.kidsgardening.org for a full appreciation of our virtual garden community.
NGA offers free newsletters to educators and home gardeners. Our monthly online Kids Garden News supports educators with thematic, standards-based activities, and supporting resources. The monthly online Regional Reports offer regionally specific gardening advice, news, and recommendations geared to home gardeners in 12 growing zones. Subscribe now »
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NGA developed GrowLab®: Activities for Growing Minds, a K-8 inquiry-based curriculum that uses plants and gardens as educational tools to help students learn about science and the environment. The inquiry approach encourages students to use their own questions and observations as springboards for learning. Teachers serve as guides, helping students develop the confidence and skills to solve problems on their own.
Lawn & Garden Market Research
NGA is a recognized authority on the U.S. consumer lawn and garden market. Published annually since 1973, the comprehensive National Gardening Survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, studies consumer gardening practices, industry trends, and retail sales in 120 categories. NGA also offers custom market research and online survey services to help corporate clients assess product needs and trends. Learn more »
National Youth Garden Grants
Established in 1982, these grants provide schools and community organizations across the country with resources that enliven the curriculum while supporting state and national standards for learning. Youth Garden Grants provide critical funding for garden supplies like seeds, plants, and tools. This program reaches thousands of school age children annually and is generously sponsored by The Home Depot. Each year we collect data on the impact of this program. Learn more »
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