National Garden Month

Yes, You Can Grow Food and Flowers in Your Apartment

Contact: Charlie Nardozzi
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 105
Charlien@garden.org

South Burlington, VT (December 22, 2008) -- National Gardening Association (NGA) wants you to think SPRING -- NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH® (NGM) 2009 is just a few short months away! Our JANUARY STORYLINE builds enthusiasm for this month-long garden party each April.

Yes, You Can Grow Food and Flowers in Your Apartment

As you think beyond the chill of winter, take heart: you can garden anywhere! Here's what Charlie Nardozzi has to say about gardening in urban environments. "Growing fresh vegetables and colorful flowers is on the rise as interest in gardening flourishes across the country. And thanks to containers, everyone can join the fun. You can grow in containers almost anywhere. Whole gardens can be created on rooftops, in alleyways, on decks and patios, or on windowsills using containers."

"With little or no access to land, it is possible to grow a selection of favorite vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers," Charlie adds. "Some gardeners even grow trees and shrubs successfully in pots. But you don’t have to nurture a forest on your balcony to be a gardener. You can grow a few containers of edibles and flowers indoors or outside that will delight and feed you and your family."

"What a difference people can make when they see the value of connecting with nature – children flourish, communities blossom, urban areas spring to life. Gardening brings communities together, stimulates individual and neighborhood growth, and best of all puts food on the table and beauty in your life," says Mike Metallo, NGA President. For this month's complete storyline and to download a photo, visit www.nationalgardenmonth.org

Gardening statistic:

Container gardening has been on the rise for several years. The annual National Gardening Survey has monitored lawn and garden trends for almost 30 years. In 2007, it reports that 21 million households gardened in containers and spent 928 million dollars on container gardening supplies and plants. Container gardening was most popular among older women (55+) in households making more than $75,000 a year.

About the National Gardening Association:

The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1973, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. NGA offers the Web's largest and most respected array of online gardening content, serving a broad audience of consumers. The organization acts as an interactive hub supporting the needs of gardening novices and experts alike, as well as providing educators with curriculum, publications, grants, and professional development tools. Visit www.garden.org and open your eyes to a world of lifestyle possibilities through gardening.

Businesses: To participate in NGM '09, please contact busdev@garden.org.

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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?

"One of the most inspiring things in life is to enjoy God's creation in the great outdoors. The gardener knows this exhilaration personally, getting such an up-close view of nature, creation, and how it all works. When we study nature or grow things in our garden we can see the Creator's awesome handiwork. Watch a plant grow from a seed in the perfect order it was meant to, and think with wonder of our God. It is amazing how all things work together in nature, isn't it? Gardening is truly an awesome science. May the joy of gardening be yours this season!"

-- John, Sarah, and Family, Owners/Operators, St. Clare Heirloom Seeds

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