Press Release: Receives 2004 Garden Globe Award

Contact: Rose Getch
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South Burlington, VT (May 3, 2004) - The Garden Writers Association (GWA) announced, published by the National Gardening Association (NGA), as the recipient of its 2004 Garden Globe Award for Best Electronic Media. "The Garden Writers Association's annual awards program showcases the best talent and products published or aired in the field of garden communications," says Cathy Wilkinson Barash, president of GWA. "From almost 300 entries submitted this year, has also been selected as one of the 12 finalists for the Award of the Year, the highest honor bestowed by the garden communications industry." said Barash.

The Web site features a rich array of information illustrated with striking horticultural images. Each month, 300,000 novice and experience gardeners take advantage of biweekly reports for 14 growing regions across the continent, extensive searchable article and Q&A libraries, how-to projects, horticultural news, and garden industry research.

This virtual community contains a variety of resources to help all gardeners become better at their craft: ten topical message boards where gardeners can swap advice "over the garden fence"; the free 'Seed Swap' where one gardener's extras are another's treasures; and the searchable National Gardening Events Calendar where communities and groups across the country can list their lectures, workshops, and festivals. For a little dose of botanical inspiration, there are beautiful e-cards to send to friends and family, and garden-inspired wallpaper to grace computer screens.

NGA offers a variety of grants available for programs and schools that inspire, delight, and educate kids through gardening. Descriptions and applications for these awards are also available on

The NGA Garden Shop carries a great variety of green things and growing gear, from plants to greenhouses. "Our mission as a nonprofit educational organization is to help more people garden successfully, and all of our products, many of which are exclusive to NGA, support this purpose." says Larry Sommers, Vice President, Marketing.

Barbara Richardson, Web Editor, explains, "When I hear that our Web site has made a difference in someone's life, my response is, "Mission accomplished!" A visitor recently wrote in to share this comment: "I just wanted to send a quick note to express how much I enjoy your newsletters and your websites. I live in northwestern CT and your New England region section is the truest to our timetable of gardening - more so than any of the other sites I've visited. The Kidsgarden Newsletter has given my grandkids a lot of fun ideas. They have also suggested some of the projects to their teachers. Any time we have ordered items from your on-line store they have gotten to us within a week and are always packed so well. Keep up the fine work you do."

Since 1996, has been devoted to helping beginning gardeners get started and keeping old pros inspired. Sister Web sites of are and

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