You’ve probably heard of Earth Day. This holiday is celebrated in many areas of the world on April 22. Did you know there are several more plant-related holidays that you could celebrate, or at least note in passing? If you didn’t know about the holidays for gardeners, it’s a good bet that your gardening friends may not know it either.
That brings us to a great idea – why not make a gardening calendar as a gift for your gardener friends? Whether they are just getting started in the plant world or are experienced growers, they are sure to find a few gardening holidays to celebrate they didn’t know about before.
Creating a Gardening Calendar
Gardeners have something to celebrate every day, since the garden itself yields many surprises: a bud here, a curious insect there, crops and flowers, or birdsong. In addition to moments of gardening joy, there are official holidays for gardeners. It’s true!
You can call these special days garden holidays, plant-related holidays or holidays for gardeners; but whatever you call them, there are more of them than you might think. It’s well worth your time to set up a gardening calendar, listing your favorite gardening holidays on it. Or, better yet, make a cool calendar with plant-related holidays on it to give to family and friends. You could even use pictures from your own garden for each month of the year.
Gardening Holidays for Vegetables
There are more than a few holidays that shine a spotlight on different crops you might be growing. For example, January 6 is Bean Day, celebrating all things bean. Are you a celery fan? This veggie has an entire month all to itself. Yup, March is National Celery Month! Who would have guessed? Spinach, of Popeye fame, only gets a day, March 26, but then July 27 is another big spinach festival: Fresh Spinach Day!
Some holidays for gardeners celebrate vegetables in general. June 16 is Fresh Vegetables Day, followed closely (June 17) by Eat Your Vegetables Day. October 1 isn’t for celebrating veggies, but those who eat them, World Vegetarian Day.
Other Plant-Related Holidays
Let’s start with houseplants and plants in general. January 10 is Houseplant Appreciation Day, but that’s just the start. April 13 is International Plant Appreciation Day. Arbor Day, celebrating trees, is the last Friday in April, while May 16 is Love a Tree Day.
Fruits are celebrated as well. July 8 is National Blueberry Day, while two days later is Pick Blueberries Day. August 3 celebrates watermelons and December 1 is Eat a Red Apple Day.
Yes, there are some really weird holidays on the gardening calendar too. How about Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, feted on August 8?
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Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.