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Giveaway: Garden Tribe Party Plants Class

Congratulations Ruth, Vicky, Rachel, Arely, & Zia on winning this week’s Garden Tribe giveaway!

Thank you to all who entered, I loved reading your about your thoughts on gardening. is a great new destination for plant lovers! They offer streaming  gardening classes taught by world class experts. Since all the classes are online you can watch whenever you want, from wherever you are.

Today you have the chance to check out their most popular class–Party Plants–by entering our giveaway! This class will teach you how to design a beautiful centerpiece by combining living plants with unusual and distinctive natural materials. Check out the class preview here:


To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below sharing what you love about gardening.

Five lucky people will be selected on Friday September 26th to get a free pass to Party Plants! (p.s. this also includes a bonus mini-class where you’ll see how to create adorable little living gifts.)

Garden Tribe is also offering an exclusive discount to The Kind Life readers. Use code KINDLIFE at check out until October 12th, 2014 for 15% off.




  • Heather

    gardening is therapeutic for me, it allows my mind to release the stress of the week and soak in the beauty of nature. I love the smell of dirt, the hum from bees, and all the colors nature offers!

  • Lori

    OMG Where to begin. I love gardening. I believe it is good for the soul. It calms and relaxes me and gives me a chance to work through problems instead of reacting. It is also a good way to get a good nights rest. Being tired physically is good.

  • Natalie McMonagle

    I love gardening with my 1 1/2 year-old! Every morning we step outside together and she greets the plants: “HIiii BAsil! HIiiii oREgano! HIiiii PEppers! HIiii toMAto!”… Etc : )

  • Ruth Dreier

    I love harvesting wild plants and flowers from my environment and creating simple arrangements in my home every week. They brighten and calm my mind, keep me feeling love and appreciation for nature.
    From Ruthie Dreier, Santa Rosa, CA

  • ken

    My 5th Anniversary today–Being VEGAN!!! And I’ll be 70 in November! If I can do it….

  • Kirsten Antony

    I love that in planting gardens we are giving back to the planet instead of just taking from it. Growing an organic veggie garden is great for the planet, our bodies and our wallet! Growing flower gardens can be nurturing to the soul as well as beautiful creative expression of ourselves working with nature.

  • teresa

    I love that I know what I am feeding my family. I grow it. I know each step that is taken what is used and the end result. I can can etc and know there is nothing harmful going into the nurtrious thingsbim feeding them and I’m putting back into the environment rather then taking away!

  • Rachel Mertz-Rodriguez

    I feel most alive and connected with Earth and everything that is truly alive when my hands are immersed in soil up to my wrists and the smell of wet earth overwhelms every sense.

    I feel healthiest, smartest and self-reliant when I am able to create an entire meal with produce that I created from seed.

  • Zia Bossenmeyer

    I just bought a house, so I want to learn everything I can about gardening! :)

  • Ashley Bonnell

    I love gardening because it connects you to your environment and the world around you. One of my favorite quotes is by Audrey Hepburn, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

  • Cassie Vaughn

    Getting my hands dirty!

  • Casey Larsh

    I love the feeling of accomplishment you get when your plant flourishes! I especially love growing things I can eat or that cleanse the air in my home.

  • Amy

    When my girls go out and get tomatoes just to eat off the vine.

  • Arely V-p

    I like natural and I like plants and am barely tapping into hearing so much on gardening lately. Whatever I can learn and get some plants into my home will get me further into gardening. Thank YOU!

  • Mark N Cigi Tidman

    Growing my own food and knowing where it comes from is what I love about gardening. :)

  • Rachel

    I love watching my 2-yr old niece get so engaged in picking tomatoes, and kale from my parent’s garden. It’s great to show her [at an early age] where vegetables come from! I am even going to build a aquaponic garden to grow micro-greens and herbs! All results ensure organic, self-produced produce! 😀

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  • Ciera Alvarez

    What I love about gardening is the full circle of energy. Positive energy and love go into the soil and plant choice. One loves and labors until the plant is fully grown and edible and then one gets a blessing from mother earth and is nourished by what is our amazing planet. And the circle goes round and round :)

  • Veronika Fialova Kolarova

    I love to eat results of my own work and my picky kids eat what they help to grow and harvest.Plus the silence and the fresh air ooooh!

  • Innessa Bauer

    About 10 years ago I had neighbours who were Doukhobor organic farmers (wiki: The couple was in their mid 70’s and imparted upon me their great wisdom of how to be self sufficient.

    They encouraged me to grow my own food. I was so inspired by them, that spring I did just that! With their helpful advice, I planted two huge plots of veggies- Lettuce, spinach, potatoes, garlic, squash, onion, beets, and even corn!

    Everything grew beautifully as they shared their organic farming techniques on how and when to fertilise, how much to water, weed and so much more!

    I can honestly say, there are very few moments in my life where I was overcome with a comparable sense of fulfilment and gratitude.

    This lovely amazing couple showed me how to be truly free.

  • Vicki

    I have raised 4 beautiful and healthy children thanks to good food, water and loving care. I am thinking the same principles would work with gardening. So why is it that I have not been successful at gardening as much as I would love to get my hands in the dirt? I am thinking taking a class may be the answer:)

  • Laura Wattles

    I love that the flowers that I grow can be used to lift someone’s spirits and the food that we grow is nurturing and delicious!

  • sbm64

    My yard is my oasis. I entertain my friends on my ‘circle’ patio surrounded by living beauty. I read books and dream on my ‘circle’. It would be fab to create Party Plants to add to the beauty!

  • Lainey

    I know I’m a little late in sharing my love of gardening, but this topic is so dear to my heart! I am in such awe of gardens for the living nourishment and sustenance they give to us and our furry friends as well! There is one garden that I love most dearly because it’s a community garden providing nutrition training classes to inner city folks in New Haven, CT with Type 2 diabetes. And the coolest part of all, it’s located at the base of a wind turbine! It’s so amazing to have seen the transformation of this rather barren, commercial land become a living, thriving community of plants, nurtured by humans, and educating the inner city community! And it’s so big and beautiful this year! The crops that they harvested were extraordinary. :) Thank you for allowing me to share! 😀 I’m not sure if the 2 pics will come through but one is of some of the crops and the other is of the turbine! <3

  • SoCal Health Coach

    One of my favorite things to do is have family & friends over for gardening themed parties! For Earth Day a couple of years ago I had clay pots, paints & brushes, veggie plants, and soil on hand… everyone painted pots & planted veggies in them to take home. I still see them in their kitchen windows or on patios when I visit!