The National Gardening Association Announces New Adopt a School Garden ProgramTM

South Burlington, Vermont, (March 29, 2005) - Plant-based education provides a meaningful, hands-on context for learning across the curriculum, and imparts lifelong benefits to children. National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce a new initiative that will help them empower more schools to use plant-based education: the Adopt a School Garden? (ASG) program. This program provides an innovative way to direct resources to educators who want to enrich learning and address curricular standards through gardening - NGA directs donations from businesses and individuals to schools that want to create learning gardens, thus serving as a matchmaker, of sorts, between funders and schools. Funding for the program is possible through our Corporate Champions and Classroom Cultivators programs.

NGA's Corporate Champions program allows socially responsible businesses to support plant-based education without having to develop and administer a program of their own. It connects community-minded companies with schools in need that are seek to create an engaging learning environment within their classrooms and on their school grounds. And as community involvement resonates with consumers, it translates into increased loyalty and sales for the business. The program is structured so that a business of any size - local, regional, or national - can step forward to help improve plant-based education. Corporate Champions can join at the financial level that best suits their company's needs and interests.

NGA's Classroom Cultivators program extends a similar option to individuals who would like to make a difference in the lives of children through plant-based education. By joining the growing number of supporters throughout the country, Classroom Cultivators help realize NGA's mission to promote gardening as an educational resource.

NGA is delighted to announce that The Scotts Company understands the importance of plant-based education, and has shown their support for enriching the learning experience of children by stepping forward at the Sustainer level to help launch NGA's Adopt a School Garden program.

Mike Metallo, president of NGA, applauds Scotts for their foresight and generosity in helping to promote the mission of NGA. "By becoming a Sustainer of the Adopt a School Garden? program, Scotts assumes a key role in helping create the infrastructure necessary for us to reach out and help more schools develop enjoyable, meaningful learning experiences. Funding gardens and indoor growing equipment through existing school budgets usually isn't feasible. The real power of NGA's Adopt a School Garden Program is realized as contributions from businesses like Scotts are combined to support schools throughout the country."

Two additional inaugural Corporate Champions are the Green Industry Yellow Pages ( and Papa Geno's Herb Farm. is the leading online yellow pages directory created exclusively for the billion-dollar segment of the economy that deals with horticulture, floriculture, landscaping and anything else "green." Papa Geno's Herb Farm is a family-owned and operated mail-order nursery operation offering herb and perennial plants, vegetable seedlings, scented geraniums, as well as other plants and gardening supplies. Their products are featured in NGA Garden Shop and by other discerning garden retailers.

The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1973, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. Their mission is to promote gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection among people, plants, and the environment. To fulfill this mission, they offer publications and programs focused on five core areas: education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. To learn more about NGA's Adopt a School Garden Program, visit Or, contact Keri Evjy, Adopt a School Garden Coordinator, at (802) 863-5251, ext. 122 or e-mail her at

Adopt a School Garden is a trademark of the National Gardening Association.

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