NGA Announces National Garden Month™ 2005

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


South Burlington, Vermont (September, 2004) The National Gardening Association (NGA), encouraged by two years of successful nationwide National Garden Month™ celebrations, presents National Garden Month 2005. National Garden Month, created to raise awareness about the many benefits of gardening, is celebrated during the month of April. The celebration promises to feature educational activities, public events, government proclamations, and garden center seminars, all building excitement and increased participation in gardening.

This year, NGA is pleased to introduce a new program to the nationwide celebration of National Garden Month 2005: Give a Garden. This campaign is built on the simple premise that there is someone in your community who will benefit by receiving a "garden" from you! It can be as small as a container of geraniums for an elderly neighbor, or as big and elaborate as planting a garden at a local public park. The opportunity for making a difference through gardening is as wide as your imagination. The call to action is going out to individuals, schools, garden centers, and businesses everywhere.

During National Garden Month 2005, NGA is asking that schools participate in Give a Garden. To support their efforts, NGA is creating a Give a Garden Teacher's Kit, sponsored by Dole and Weekly Reader. The kit will include a 4-color poster featuring nutrition- and gardening-related activities for use in classrooms.

To help Garden Centers get in the Give a Garden swing, NGA has developed step-by-step outlines for several workshops garden retailers can offer to their customers. This information will be available at Garden centers can also order free promotional materials to draw customers, including a National Garden Month banner, step-by-step container gardening "recipe" and an offer of free NGA membership.

The campaign is very accessible to home gardeners, too anyone can take up a trowel and offer the vitality and beauty of plants to another. NGA encourages individuals to give a plant to a friend or neighbor, start a Give a Garden campaign in communities, or to become active with an existing beautification or garden education project. National Garden Month 2005 partner organizations, including America in Bloom, The American Community Gardening Association, The American Horticultural Society, and many others, have existing projects that welcome volunteer participation. You can learn more about all National Garden Month partners at Home gardeners can also visit the site to learn about Earth-friendly gardening practices.

The Scotts Company's Miracle-Gro™ Nursery Select™, Subaru of America, Inc., Black & Decker™, Proven Winners™, and Hilton Garden Inn™ are sponsoring National Garden Month 2005.

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