Press Room: NGA and Juliana Greenhouse Help Students Grow and Learn

Contact: Rose Getch
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South Burlington, Vermont (July, 2004) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) and Juliana, manufacturers of hobby greenhouses since 1963, are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Room to Grow Juliana Greenhouse Grant. NGA, recognized national leader in garden-based learning, understands the benefits of creating more opportunities for gardening through the year. NGA's Senior Horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi states, "Having a greenhouse enables kids to garden year-round, increasing the impact of hands-on learning, and encouraging the development of teamwork, problem-solving, and entrepreneurial skills."

Fifty established school and youth garden projects received awards. Each winner clearly demonstrates a child-centered plan that emphasizes learning and skill building in a greenhouse environment. Criteria include youth participation, learning goals, and need.

East Side Charter School in Wilmington, DE received First Prize: a Professional Horticultural Greenhouse from Juliana featuring 131 square feet of growing space, double-wide hinged doors that allow wheelchair access, four double ventilation windows, and rain gutters that collect water for plants. The retail value of this award is $2495.00.

East Side Charter School 4-H Clubs started in the year 2000 with 15 third-grade students. Now there are 75 participants from grades three through six. The students volunteer at a nearby homeless shelter, Sojourners Place, and grow plants for the shelter's flower, fruit, and vegetable gardens. They also assist the residents in caring for and cultivating their own plants.

These neighborly students also operated a flower market, gaining valuable experience in entrepreneurship while supplying plants to the community. The Professional Horticultural Greenhouse gives them the opportunity to grow more plants for the homeless shelter and to establish a contained flower market. It will also help them to maintain their green oasis in the midst of ongoing school expansion and neighborhood construction.

Second-place winner, American YouthWorks Charter School in Austin, TX, is the recipient of a Portable GreenLabâ„¢ Greenhouse, valued at $299.95. The unique pentagonal design of Juliana's 11-foot 8-inch GreenLab provides a spacious 85 square feet of growing space. Five screened roof vents, and vents in the rear wall and door provide superior air circulation for optimal growing conditions.

Thanks to this award, more than 100 students aged 13 to 18 will be able to broaden their horticultural studies. With the extra time and space their greenhouse provides, students will grow more plants to sell, generating extra income to support their program.

Three third-place winners each received a Walk-In Mini Greenhouse, and five fourth-place winners received a 4-Tier Growing Rack & Double Cold Frame. Forty fifth-place winners received NGA's exclusive booklet, Guide to School Greenhouses. For a full list of winners, visit

The National Gardening Association, based in South Burlington, VT, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing horticultural and teaching expertise, resources, and networking opportunities to help kids in schools and communities grow. For further information about the National Gardening Association's educational resources, grants, and awards, visit

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