About NGA

Founded in 1973, the National Gardening Association (NGA) is the largest association of home, school, and community gardeners in the United States. Our mission is to cultivate new gardeners and help flower and food growing enthusiasts become better gardeners. We accomplish this through our Garden.org website and award-winning publications, and by partnering with other organizations to offer support for school gardening programs, research, and special grants for projects that unleash the power of gardening.

The National Gardening Association has a rich history in magazine, book, and custom publishing. The National Gardening magazine was known for its 20 years of cutting edge, high quality gardening information and design innovation. NGA has worked with many book publishers to create more than 40 practical and inspirational gardening books.

Grants and Awards

Over the past forty years, NGA's support of youth gardening programs has allowed us to develop significant expertise and a rich base of knowledge so that we can provide the resources and information needed to implement successful, self-sustaining garden programs. This mission continues through KidsGardening.org. Through Garden in Every School Initiative™ we have provided funding and support to over 10,000 youth garden programs across the United States and internationally, worth approximately $4 million and directly reaching an estimated 2 million youngsters. Nearly 60% of our school grant winners have been from low-income communities, many in districts where almost all of the students receive federal assistance. NGA's garden programs have contributed to successful environmental education, health, and academic studies implemented in wide variety of learning environments. Learn more about KidsGardening.org's grants and awards programs.

Educational Resources

NGA provides extensive educational materials and a host of free resources both online and through our educational catalog operation. The kidsgardening.org website provides the most comprehensive collection of youth gardening content available online, offering free lesson plans, activity ideas, and classroom how-to guides to help teachers nurture healthy, environmentally conscious youth. KidsGardening.org partners with leading educational institutions including Teachers College of Columbia University, UC Berkeley, and St. Michael's College to supply outstanding curricula.

Professional Development and Support

NGA is a key consultant on the benefits and implementation of school garden programs. We have consulted with First Lady Michelle Obama's office on her Let's Move initiative and the White House Children's Garden. NGA has also been asked to speak about our programs and methodologies at the CDC, USDA, and Institute of Medicine. NGA's educators regularly attend and present at national and international youth gardening conferences, including the "Gardens without Limits" conference in Metz, France, connecting with garden program directors around the world. Our resources have benefited educators across the country and around the globe, many of whom rely upon our curricula, programs, and funding.

Garden Market Research

Bruce Butterfield was the Market Research Director at the National Gardening Association for more than 35 years and is a well-known and respected name in the gardening industry. His years of experience in the field give him a unique understanding of who gardeners are, what they need and want, why they buy the products they do, where they shop, how gardening trends have changed in the past, and where they are headed in the future. He authors the annual National Gardening Survey, the most comprehensive report on consumer gardening practices, trends, and product sales published. Each year Bruce also conducts a number of proprietary research studies for companies in the lawn and garden business on an exclusive and confidential basis to help with their business development. Learn more about this work at www.gardenresearch.com.

Home and Community Gardening

Our mission is to help home gardeners grow -- in health, knowledge, environmental awareness, and enthusiasm. In the many ways the National Gardening Association reaches gardeners, we help make home and community gardens greener and more productive. From vegetables, herbs, and fruits to trees, lawns, flowers, and houseplants, we provide people with the information they need to get started in the world of gardening and grow and maintain thriving, sustainable, and environmentally responsible food gardens and landscapes.


On our www.garden.org website, gardeners can access a vast and rich resource of articles, information, community features, gardening research, software tools, and all manner of gardening content to find how to grow all kinds of plants, identify and control pests and diseases, or figure out what kind of weeds are sprouting in the garden.

At the center of the site is the world's largest and most complete plant database, containing over 375,000 photos of almost 700,000 plants. This interactive feature enables NGA community members to share photos and information about the plants they are interested in, and facilitates discussion centered around those contributions. Detailed information, such as parentage, bloom color, hardiness, etc., is present for most plants in the database, and a powerful search engine lets visitors find plants by querying for these specific characteristics.

Daily ideas and expert articles, and a weekly podcast are posted to the site, and a weekly email newsletter containing all the best content from the previous week, along with the best photos posted to the database, and much more, is sent out to the members every weekend.

The site also features numerous web tools for gardeners, including a useful gardening planting calendar, reviews of gardening companies, and dozens of highly active forums are available for gardening inspirations and conversation.

Online membership to the NGA is free and available to all. Join today!

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