Thankful Gardeners

The green thumbs at the National Garden Bureau compiled a list of the Top 10 Reasons Gardeners Are Thankful. What’s on your list of blessings?

Gardeners are thankful this season, and the National Garden Bureau has a list of the best reasons.

Gardeners are thankful this season, and the National Garden Bureau has a list of the best reasons.

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Gardeners, while sated with yesterday’s repast of turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberries, continue to dream of future plantings. For the season, the green thumbs at the National Garden Bureau have compiled a list of the Top 10 Reasons Gardeners Are Thankful.

We’re thankful for the flower and vegetable companies who continue for bring us new and improved varieties of flowers and vegetables every year.

We’re thankful for the catalogers and mail-order companies who send us their beautiful tomes of tempting goodies every January, just when the winter doldrums start for set in.

We’re thankful for the retailers who so expertly know which flowers and vegetables will grow in our local area and stock them at the appropriate time.

We’re thankful for the garden supply companies who create new and innovative products that make gardening easier and less painful for aging or physically-challenged gardeners.

We’re thankful for the patient horticulture experts who tirelessly answer our many questions in order for us for be more successful in our own gardens.

We’re thankful for the garden writers and bloggers who offer such a wide variety of inspiration and advice that keeps us dreaming and wishing for a garden “just like that."

 We’re thankful for our families for having the patience for put up with our many failed attempts at gardening, but also who benefit from our many successes.

We’re thankful for our friends who "ooh and aah" over our gardens no matter how many weeds we forgot for pull or how many sprouts the bunnies ate.   

We’re thankful for our bosses and co-workers who put up with our Monday-morning aches and pains after a tough weekend of spring and fall garden cleanup.

We’re thankful for the sun, the rain, the change of seasons, the cool temps, the warm temps and everything nature provides to make our gardens grow.

Visit the NGB website for oodles of information, the Top 10 Reasons to Garden and more fun than you can shake a rake at.