Here at Seed Your Future, we envision a world where everyone understands and values the importance of plants and the people who work in the art, science, technology, and business of horticulture. To help us reach our goal, we're proclaiming 2020 the "Year of the Plant"!
When we declared 2020 the #YearOfThePlant, we had no idea of the magnitude of the public health crisis to come. Once emerged, it became even more clear to us that people need to understand and embrace the power of plants. Plants have the ability to boost our physical and mental health, clean our air and water, provide beauty and solace - and are often the foundation for medicines that cure and heal.
Our Mantra - #NatureNeverCloses!
We invite you to join us and encourage you to share your own plant-passion with your family and friends in ways that keep you safe and healthy. Here's just a few ideas to lift spirits and provide encouragement and connection to nature's ability to boost physical and mental health.
Will You Join Us?
Here's a few ideas to get you started:
Ideas for Your Family
- Go on a family plant hunt in your own backyard, balcony or even inside your house. Help kids identify plants - or things made from plants. They might be surprised at the plant power around them. (Download a copy of our free indoor Family Plant Hunt and post your photos online with #PlantHunt.)
- With many students home from school, and families seeking fun and interesting things to do, it's a great time to try our our free BLOOM! plant-focused online learning module. Developed with Scholastic, it includes video, a trivia game, a matching game to pair plants with the community challenge they can solve, and a dissection tool to teach key elements and functions of plants. Check out additional plant-based educational resources for at-home education from our partners:
- KidsGardening.org: Fun at Home and Learning at Home Projects and Activities
- Longwood Gardens: Free Online Courses and Virtual Garden Tour
- National Environmental Education Association: Environmental Education At Home Activities and Educational Projects
- Nature Bridge: Outside Still Open At Home Activity Guide
- Scholastic: Learn at Home
- It's an ideal time to start seeds for a new vegetable and flower garden. If you cannot access prepackaged seeds, learn how to start seeds from your grocery store produce.
- Get a daily dose of plants with our new #PlantFlix! When you've exhausted NetFlix and binge-watched everything you wanted, this #YearOfThePlant - how about some fresh, new inspiration? We think watching life itself grow is pretty cool.
- Trash cans overflowing with all the eating at home you're doing? Make space and start your own compost pile. You'll be amazed by the plant power!
- We know effective hand-washing is key to health. How about a fun project making your own plant-based soap?
- For the entire year, for holidays, birthdays and anniversaries, give gifts of plants.
- Encourage your kids or other young people in your life to consider pursuing a career working with plants. Show them our horticulture career exploration tool.
- Make houseplants the focus of the interior design of your home.
- Donate to the Seed Your Future movement so we can continue to promote horticulture and inspire more people to pursue careers working with plants.
- Take the pledge from Seed Your Future and declare 2020 your Year of the Plant.
Ideas to Support Your Community
- Share your plant-passion by volunteering at your local community garden, youth organization, public garden, school, camp, garden club, nature center or park. (They will need you when they return to regular business operations!)
- Support local growers and farmers by purchasing flowers, fruits, vegetables and other plants from them.
Ideas for Your Work
- Fill your office or work space with plants - they are proven to boost your mood!
- Take a walk during lunch or other breaks. Soak in the plant power around you. (Maintain all safety recommendations for your health and the health of the community.)
Have some cool ideas of how to make 2020 the Year of the Plant and celebrate that #NatureNeverCloses? Tell us about them and we might share them here.