National Gardening Association Announces Partnership with Nature's Best Backyard Photo Contest


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

Drew Smith
Nature's Best Photography Magazine
(703) 467-9783

To help celebrate National Garden Month 2005, the National Gardening Association has partnered with Natures's Best Photography magazine in a program that truly "adds beauty to life" -- this year's National Garden Month theme.

Natures's Best Photography magazine, with the assistance of the National Gardening Association, will launch a new photo contest April 15 that invites all photographers to enter pictures taken close to home - in fact, right in their own backyards.

"You don't have to travel to the farthest reaches of the planet to capture the image of a lifetime," says Steve Freligh, publisher of the contest, "An award-winning photo may be no further than your own backyard."

"For a wide variety of shooters -- novice to pro -- their backyards and local parks have become amazing photographic studios," claims Freligh. "Homeowners and community groups are learning how to landscape their yards and public areas in ways that will grow and attract spectacular photo subjects: flowering trees and plants, birds, butterflies, mammals, and other wildlife. It's fun, educational, and it allows creative talent to flourish."

"The National Gardening Association provides tips and tools for building a healthy backyard environment," says NGA President Mike Metallo. "The Nature's Best Backyards photo contest will help make these gardens 'picture perfect.'".

Natures's Best Photography magazine: To learn more about how to set up your own backyard studio and receive complete contest guidelines, visit,, or look for the spring issue of Natures's Best Photography magazine arriving mid-April on newsstands nationwide.

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. For more information, visit

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