National Garden Month

April is National Garden Month®

Contact: Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129
Rose@garden.org

Nona Koivula
National Garden Bureau
Nona.Koivula@attglobal.net

South Burlington, VT (February 15, 2008) - The National Garden Bureau and National Gardening Association have joined voices to sing the praises of gardening. These organizations share the mission to encourage all people to enjoy the numerous benefits of gardening. Since National Garden Month®, a program of the National Gardening Association (www.garden.org), is celebrated each April, it's the perfect time to begin promoting what's great about gardening. There will be garden parties all month long in celebration of the endearing and enduring love of nurturing plants.

People are encouraged to plan and partake in green festivities at parks, libraries, or garden centers. Look to your local cooperative extension agent and Extension Master Gardeners to help you plan garden celebrations. Many botanical gardens and arboretums offer educational programs during April.

The National Garden Bureau is a non-profit organization founded in 1920 to disseminate accurate information about gardening. To reach more people, NGB engineered a friendly web site www.ngb.org

The National Gardening Association is a non-profit leader in plant-based education whose mission is to promote home, school and community gardening as a means to review and sustain the essential connections between people, plant and the environment. For more information visit www.garden.org

NYC GROWS GARDEN FESTIVAL
JOIN the National Gardening Association and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation as co-hosts of the festival on Sunday, April 27, 2008 in Union Square Park at Broadway & 14th St. in Manhattan. The festival is designed to raise awareness for gardening through an educational and fun-filled day of gardening related exhibits and activities.

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When You Garden, You Grow!

Every April communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Join the celebration and help to make America a greener, healthier, more livable place!

About National Garden Month

Why Garden?

"During his imprisonment of 27 years, Nelson Mandela and his colleagues refused to participate in prison work assignments. Instead he spent his time tending a small garden on the prison rooftop, consisting of about two dozen oil drums in which he grew the following vegetables: Beans, Chillies, Beetroot, Lettuce, Broccoli, Onions, Cabbage, Peppers, Cauliflower, Spinach, Brinjal (Eggplant), Tomatoes and Strawberries. The challenge for all of us, to grow a ‘Nelson Mandela garden’ this year. 'Living isn’t just about doing for yourself, but what you do for others as well.' -Nelson Mandela"

-- Peter Prakke, Allergy Friendly Schoolyard(c)

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