National Gardening Day

Observed on April 14th annually, National Gardening Day is a holiday where people can roll up their sleeves and get their hands a little bit dirty in their gardens. Gardening is a hobby enjoyed by millions of people all over the world and is probably one of the most relaxing hobbies a person can engage in.

That’s why everyone should try their hand at this activity at least once in their lifetime, and there’s no better day to start gardening than on this holiday.

The History of National Gardening Day

National Gardening Day was initially started by Cool Springs Press on April 14, 2018. Since its inception, this holiday has been enjoyed by an ever-growing number of people, most of whom are avid gardeners.

Facts About Gardening

As we put in the time and researched this holiday, we came across some very interesting facts about gardening. Facts that were so compelling we just couldn’t keep them to ourselves. That’s why we’re listing all of the facts we’ve learned about gardening below. Hopefully, our readers will find these facts just as interesting as we did.

Butterflies May Like Weeds More Than New Flower Cultivars

Anyone who has a garden of new flower cultivars might have noticed that bees don’t pay them as much attention as they do the dandelions or clover that’s growing outside of the garden.

That’s usually because as new flower cultivars are bred to have a larger size and more pronounced color, the process often causes them to lose their scent. It’s the scent of flowers that attracts bees to them and not their color—which can be the reason why bees are preferring weeds over the flowers in your garden.

Tulip Bulbs Were Once More Valuable Than Gold

During the 17th century, the demand for tulip bulbs increased so much that they became more valuable than gold. This event was called Tulip Mania and it eventually caused the Dutch economy to crash. Who would’ve thought that flower bulbs could be worth more than gold?

Strawberries Bear Their Seeds on the Outside

Strawberries are the only known fruit that bears their seeds on the outside instead of on the inside. The average strawberry contains approximately 200 seeds on its exterior surface.

Observing National Gardening Day

Observing this holiday is as easy as starting a new garden or spending the day tending to an existing one. You can choose to create a traditional vegetable or flower garden, or you can create something a little more complex.

After all, there are butterfly gardens, container gardens, water gardens, stone gardens, and demonstration gardens. Just choose the one you like the best and take good care of it. And while you do, make sure to use the hashtag #NationalGardeningDay on your social media accounts to let everyone know about your green thumb.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 14 Sunday
Next year (2025)
April 14 Monday
Last year (2023)
April 14 Friday
Activity & Action, Nature & Environment