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Celebrating National Plant a Flower Day (Without a Green Thumb)

Watering potted plants

March 12 is National Plant a Flower Day in the United States. This is a day to celebrate nature and look forward to the coming of Spring, and there are ways that you can participate even if you – like me – lack a green thumb and don’t typically have much luck with gardening.

As the name implies, the best way to celebrate this holiday would be to plant some flowers. However, if the idea of jumping headfirst into gardening seems overwhelming to you and you don’t even know how to begin, here are some resources that might be able to help you get started simply and find some success:

Beginner Gardening Step by Step edited by Emma Tennant

How to Houseplant: A Beginner’s Guide to Making and Keeping Plant Friends by Heather Rodino

Container Succulents: Creative Ideas for Beginners by Kentaro Kuroda

Planting flowers doesn’t have to involve breaking ground for a full outdoor garden – it can be as easy as putting a few houseplants in your window sill or on your porch. And succulents are a great option for people who struggle to keep regular flowers alive, as they are resilient and don’t require much attention.

Even if you aren’t interested in planting your own flowers, here are some ways you can still celebrate the spirit of National Plant a Flower Day and incorporate nature into your life:

  • Take a walk in a local park and try to identify as many types of flowers as you can (use of plant or flower guide books from the library or good old-fashioned Google searching is encouraged!)
  • Visit a botanical garden such as the Fellow Riverside Garden at Mill Creek Park, or Cleveland Botanical Garden.
  • Purchase real flowers for yourself or someone special from a local gardening store.
  • Decorate your home with fake versions of seasonal flowers to surround yourself with the look of spring.

So, there you have it! Celebrating the season and National Plant a Flower Day doesn’t require you to be a master gardener. As long as you take the time to acknowledge the beauty of nature, you’ve done this holiday right.

Happy Spring!


Emma is an adult services librarian for the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County. Her favorite genres to read include Horror, Historical Fiction, Biographies/Memoirs, Young Adult, and Fantasy. When not working or reading, she enjoys hiking, cross-stitching, and visiting antique stores, flea markets, and historic and abandoned places. She is a pet parent to two cats – Azalea and Abigail – and believes that libraries are an integral part of every community.