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 announce that Joe Lamp'l, Host of DIY Network's Fresh From the Garden and The joe gardener Radio Show will be participating in National Garden Month 2006. Joe is a syndicated columnist, Master Gardener, Certified Landscape Professional and founder of The joe gardener Company, providing "Smart Resources for Better Gardening". During NYC Grows, Joe will offer his expert advice to visitors to Union Square. He'll also demonstrate the latest in ergonomic gardening tools for those of us who are a bit physically challenged but don't want to give up gardening! Learn more about joe gardener: visit www.joegardener.com
NYC Grows is the first all-day garden festival co-presented by the National Gardening Association and the New York City Parks and Recreation Department, and will be held in Union Square Park on Saturday April 29th, 2006. 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. 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. Union Square Park occupies 3.59 acres in Manhattan from Broadway to 4th Avenue between E. 14th to E. 17th Streets and is easily accessible by subway, bus, and foot power.
Groups participating in NYC Grows with interactive activities and demonstrations include the following: American Community Gardening Association, American Horticultural Therapy Association, American Public Gardens Association, American Rose Society, Botanical Gardens Conservation International, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Chatauqa Institution, Composting Council of Canada, Council on the Environment for New York City, Environmental Protection Agency, Garden Writers Association, Green Guerillas, Green Thumb, Horticultural Society of New York City, Housekeeping Channel, International Society of Arboriculture, Les Dames d'Escoffier, National Gardening Association, National Wildlife Federation, New Haven Land Trust, New York City Parks & Recreation, New York Restoration Project, North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, NYC Urban Park Rangers, Office of Women's Health, Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, and 'Remember Me' Rose Garden.
The New York City Parks and Recreation Department is committed to developing quality educational and recreational programming opportunities, as well as providing free citywide special events. In addition to their programming, they are also dedicated to the beautification and revitalization of New York City's green spaces. City of New York Parks & Recreation manages over 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 www.garden.org. To learn more about how you can participate in National Garden Month 2006, please visit www.nationalgardenmonth.org