Annual NYC GROWS Garden Festival at Union Square Park on April 27, 2008

Presented by Target

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

Cristina DeLuca
NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation
(212) 360-1311
cristina.deluca@parks.nyc.gov

South Burlington, VT (March, 2008) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce that on Sunday, April 27, 2008 the NYC GROWS GARDEN FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY TARGET will be held in UNION SQUARE PARK SOUTH PLAZA from E. 14 St. to E. 15 St., from Broadway to 4 Ave. This free, easily accessible event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will offer a wide variety of family-friendly activities and practical garden demonstrations. Featured sponsors are Ames True Temper, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, and The Home Depot.

Garden celebrities Rebecca Kolls, Charlie Nardozzi, and William Moss will delight fans with seminars and expert advice, especially for urban gardeners. Learn from the pros how to garden no matter where you live, no matter how small or large the space you have, and learn the reasons why everyone should learn how to make the people-plant connection. This year's festival will feature family-friendly activities with marionettes, magic, music, and imaginative story telling, while teaching children of all ages how to protect our environment and create for themselves a healthy lifestyle. If you want to learn how to create the trendiest tasty meals using Green Market local produce, or create a garden of your dreams in a small space, this is the place to be.

About NYC Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation is the steward of almost 29,000 acres of land--14 percent of New York City--including more than 4,000 individual properties ranging from Yankee Stadium and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds. We manage four major stadia, 550 tennis courts, 52 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 22 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City's principal providers of athletic facilities. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals. For more information about Parks, visit our website: www.nyc.gov/parks

About the National Gardening Association
Founded in 1973, NGA is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning Web sites and newsletters, grants and curricula for youth gardens, and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to advance the personal, community, and educational benefits of gardening by supporting gardeners and teachers with information and resources. To learn more, please visit www.garden.org.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at 1,613 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today's best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at Target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Since 1946, the corporation has invested five percent of its income in the communities it serves. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Target partners with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

About NYC GROWS Garden Festival
Hosted by the National Gardening Association and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and presented by Target, the festival will be held on Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Union Square Park, South Plaza. Featured sponsors are Ames True Temper, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, and The Home Depot. Additional support provided by Con Edison, Daily News, Hilton Garden Inn, Organic Gardening, Scholastic Parent & Child magazine, and WCBS-FM. Visit www.garden.org/nycgrows.

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