Have you been taking advantage of more time at home and the beautiful spring weather to tend to your garden? You’re not alone! Across the country and around the globe, interest in gardening is blooming. That’s great news, especially in this time of social distancing. Research shows that gardening and exposure to green spaces may be beneficial to our mental and physical health.

The Challenge: Take Us On A Tour Of Your Garden

Visit our Magic of Museums post for a selection of submissions!

What to do:

  1. Pick a plant, flower or vegetable you’re especially proud of or choose a favorite spot in your garden or around the neighborhood.
  2. Snap a picture of it.
  3. Tell us why you love it or if there’s a story behind the plant. Is it an heirloom? Did you grow it from a cutting? This step is optional.
  4. Send the photo to members@flmnh.ufl.edu. We understand there may be multiple favorites in a single household. Each member of the household is welcome to enter their own favorite.

Members Only: Email your submission by noon on Sunday, May 17th for a chance to be featured in the next issue of Membership Monday and receive a puzzle prize from our Collectors Shop!

New to gardening?

  • UF IFAS is here to support you in your adventures! Whether you’re interested in vegetable gardening, food preservation or gardening with kids, IFAS has resources to help you dig in and get dirty.
  • Our own Dr. Jaret Daniels, Director of the McGuire Center, has an online course that will teach you how to support pollinators through easy and simple gardening practices. The course is self-paced and suitable for any level of gardener.
  • Local organization Working Food has transitioned their Southern Seed School online. Learn about seed saving and the role seeds play in preserving biodiversity and adapting to changing climates.