The 3rd annual NYC GROWS Garden Festival, presented by Target, was held in Union Square Park on Sunday, April 27, 2008. Nearly 50,000 people wandered through a sea of more than 55 tents, where they sampled food and beverages, engaged in gardening discussions, planted seedlings, and took part in container gardening presentations, to name just a few. (See below for photos, and a full list of participants and activities.)
New this year, the Kid's Area was a huge success! Children and their families were entertained by puppeteers, storytellers, singers, and a magician. They decorated their own birdhouses, made seed jewelry, met preschool celebrity Wubbzy, and enjoyed a lemonade stand and activity court complete with croquet and hopscotch.
"I liked the way the event catered to both adults and children, allowing it truly to be a family day out," said Pete Brenneman of Ames True Temper.
The festival is the culmination of National Garden Month®, NGA's month-long celebration of gardening. Many chefs, garden experts, and entertainers helped us celebrate the month, including: Chefs Colin and Renee Alevras; Sean Conway; Willi Galloway; Dana Jacobi; Rebecca Kolls; Brian McGovern; NGA's William Moss and Charlie Nardozzi; Vicki Payne; and Pat Stone.
"I have never seen such a busy-crazy event! It really had it all," said Daphne Shirley, NYC event planner and coordinator for the Target tent.
Ten lucky visitors won prizes from the 2008 NYC GROWS Garden Festival Drawing. Prizes included a $1,500 Target gift certificate; a $1,000 The Home Depot gift card; an Ames True Temper garden tool starter kit; a preschool garden kit from Wow! Wow! Wubbzy; and a two-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn-Chelsea.
Next year's festival will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2009, in Union Square Park. For information on being a sponsors or exhibitor at the event, contact Mary Jo Reale at email@example.com or 800-538-7476, extension 141.