We teach people how to get started gardening and improve their plant growing skills.
We have online tools that help gardeners connect, teach, share, and trade with each other.
We help gardeners research information through the continuous development of the world's largest database of plants.
We conduct gardening market research for the lawn, garden, and nursery industries.
We help gardening companies reach the public with their products, services and messages.
Gardeners who want to grow their own food will find everything they need to be successful by using our complete Food Gardening Guide. You will learn how to grow all the popular vegetables, herbs and fruits.
We also have a huge library of Frequently Asked Gardening Questions, as well as a Dictionary of Garden Terms. Need something to listen to? Download and listen to over a hundred hours of our All Things Plants Podcast, also available on itunes.
Beyond all that, we also have thousands of articles, nicely categorized to help you find what you're looking for.
Finally, we have over 40 years of experience in publishing a wide variety of printed gardening books.
Every day new plants and photos are added by our members.
Each plant has all the important data details included, such as sunlight requirements, water needs, etc. For each plant, members can post photos, write comments, and enter in grower performance reports. For cultivars, we track parentage and allow gardeners to easily traverse family trees to see which pollen or pod parent each cultivar was bred from. We also have custom data fields for different kinds of plants. Tomatoes, for example, include data fields for heredity, fruit shape, etc.
Members can keep their own custom lists of plants that they grow (or wish to grow in the future). They can then use this list as a journal where they report milestones in the growth of all their plants. These lists also form the backbone of the world's largest seed swap that occurs each fall, when tens of thousands of seed packets are shared amongst the NGA membership.
We also maintain beautifully designed plant care guides for each of the most popular kinds of plants.
Our most popular tool is the Planting Calendar. Enter your zipcode and it will tell you exactly when you should plant all the common kinds of vegetables. Similarly, enter your zipcode to know when you can expect your first and last frost dates for your area or your USDA Hardiness Zone. Browse our Calendar of Local Gardening Events, and to help you calculate how much mulch, fertilizer, or other gardening inputs you need, use our handy Gardening Calculators.
Our 100+ different gardening forums buzz with activity, where members discuss every aspect of gardening.
The Green Pages is where members give recommendations of their favorite local garden centers, public gardens, online sellers of gardening stuff, gardening books, and more.
Our annual photo contest draws thousands of entries, and the members are the judges!
For decades, NGA has been known for their seed swaps, and that tradition continues into the digital age with our amazing group seed swaps, where upwards of a hundred gardeners all do a huge group swap where tens of thousands of seed packets are traded.
Our weekly e-newsletter goes out to around 200,000 subscribed members, and contains highlights of the best and most interesting things that happened on Garden.org during the previous week.