The National Gardening Association Partners with The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for NYC GROWS Garden Festival, Union Square Park, April 29,2006

Rose Getch, Communications Director
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129

South Burlington (January 27, 2006) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to join forces with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to present NYC Grows, a full-day garden festival in New York City's Union Square Park on Saturday, April 29th, 2006. The festival will feature interactive activities for everyone. Bring your family and friends for fun, informal education, and to find out how you can participate in one of many forms of gardening where you live.

This spring festival will run from 9 AM - 3 PM. The schedule of activities includes healthy cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef members of Les Dames d'Escoffier. Renowned local artists will also be on hand to demonstrate how various forms of art relate to nature. Garden writers and hosts of television and radio shows will be present to offer you advice on your garden, whether it's on a windowsill, in a suburban backyard, or on the roof of an apartment building. The American Public Gardens Association will share information about the "green" gems of the region -- public parks throughout the five boroughs and beyond. Experts from the American Community Gardening Association can show you how to plant, cultivate, and harvest your very own vegetables and flowers in a local community garden; if you don't have one close by, they can tell you how to get one started.

NYC Grows is the culmination of a week of garden-related activities to be held throughout the five boroughs of New York City to celebrate National Garden Month® 2006, and will feature all kinds of interactive activities and demonstrations to touch the gardener in everyone. The National Wildlife Federation's Ranger Rick will read stories to children; American Rose Society volunteers will offer their expertise; and New York City Urban Park Rangers will present guided nature walks. Or, learn how to garden for improved health, make your first compost pile, plant a container garden, attract butterflies to your yard, maintain a wildlife-friendly backyard, and protect our environment.

Other groups participating in NYC Grows include:
American Horticultural Therapy Association, American Rose Society, Botanical Gardens Conservation International, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Chatauqa Institution, Composting Council of Canada, Council on the Environment of New York City, Environmental Protection Agency, Green Guerillas, Green Thumb, Horticultural Society of New York City, Housekeeping Channel, International Society of Arboriculture, National Gardening Association, New Haven Land Trust, New York Restoration Project, North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, Office of Women's Health, Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, and "Remember Me" Rose Garden.

New York City Parks and Recreation is committed to developing quality educational and recreational programming and special events, and to the beautification and revitalization of New York City's green spaces. The agency manages more than 28,000 acres of parkland-almost 14 percent of the city. As the largest urban park system in the nation, Parks & Recreation's primary mission is to assure that the parks, beaches, playgrounds, stadiums, marinas, recreation facilities, gardens, malls, squares, and public spaces of New York City are clean, safe, and attractive for the health and enjoyment of the people.

The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1972, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. NGA's mission is to promote gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. To fulfill this mission NGA offers publications and programs focused on five core areas: youth education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. For more information, visit To learn more about how you can participate in National Garden Month 2006, please visit

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