Adopt a School Garden
The National Gardening Association's Adopt a School Garden program helps schools implement plant-based education programs by linking them up with individuals or organizations wishing to donate funds to help. Donors can browse participating schools or allow NGA to choose a school in need. This new program is a wonderful way to share your love of gardening with local youngsters, even if you don't have time to volunteer at a school garden yourself. For more information, visit the Adopt a School Garden Web site.
Garden Stone: Creative Landscaping with Plants and Stone
With summer's abundant foliage dying back, fall is a good time to assess your landscape and plan new projects. Does your garden lack that certain something? Might a stone path, stone wall, or rock sculpture add some pizzazz? Pick up a copy of Garden Stone: Creative Landscaping with Plants and Stone, by Barbara Pleasant (Storey Publishing, 2004; $19.95). The book combines stunning photos with clear diagrams and step-by-step instructions. You may recognize Barbara's name, as she used to write this Middle South column!