January: January 10th is Houseplant Appreciation Day!  Spend some time with your plant buddies...or buy a new one to add to your collection.

February: We all know that Valentine's Day is February 14th, but (more importantly) National Strawberry Day is February 27th.  Enjoy some with friends, or plan a strawberry patch of your own to enjoy in the months to come.

March: March 28th is National Weed Appreciation Day.  Take a moment to learn about the plants we normally eradicate from our lawns and gardens.  You may be surprised by what you discover!

April: April is full of plant-related holidays--Earth Day is on the 22nd, and Arbor Day is the last Friday of the month.  If that isn't enough plant-y excitement for you, there's also National Orchid Day on the 16th and International Seeds Day on the 26th.

May: Mother's Day is the second Sunday in May, but did you know that the entire month of May is National Salad Month?  Try some new recipes!

June: The third week of June is National Pollinator Week.  Incorporate pollinator-friendly plants into your garden beds or patio planters to give these hardworking critters something to munch on.

July: July 27th is National Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day.  Stick an air plant in your pocket, tuck your philodendron into a wagon, and get moving!

August: August 14th is National Relaxation Day.  What could be more relaxing than some quality time in the garden?

September: The third week of September is Indoor Plant Week.  Give your houseplants a facelift: repot any that have outgrown their containers, trim dead or damaged leaves, and shift any plants that look "stretched" to sunnier spots in the house.

October: The first Wednesday of the month is National Kale Day.  As a cold-weather crop, you can often harvest kale late into the fall.  Enjoy it sauteed or in fresh salads and soups.

November: November 14th is National Pickle Day.  Pickling is a great way to preserve many kinds of fresh produce--don't limit yourself to cucumbers!  Check out some recipes to save excess goodies from your garden for a rainy day.

December: December 12th is National Poinsettia Day.  Pick out a luscious plant in red or white to brighten up your space for Christmas.

Flora Michler