Parks & Recreation Adds Heart and Soul of New York City to National Gardening Association's

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

South Burlington (September 9, 2005) - New York City Parks & Recreation and the National Gardening Association (NGA) launch the nationwide 2006 gardening awareness campaign. Thanks to the support of the Garden Month Coalition, New York City will join the weeklong "Grow" campaign during National Garden Month in April 2006. "Grow" planners expect the festival to include daily demonstrations and family-centered activities.

The working theme for the "Grow" campaign is "This is my garden", which encourages gardeners to present their gardens and share their love of gardening with others. It encourages participation in community gardening and reminds the public of the many jewels in our urban areas in the form of botanical gardens. The theme also encourages gardeners to pass on their knowledge to future generations at schools, children's programs and throughout neighborhoods and communities.

Participating in NGA's "Grow" in NYC program include New York City Parks & Recreation; New York Restoration Project; Green Thumb; Green Guerillas; the Council on the Environment for NYC, New York Botanical Garden; Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Manhattan Botanical Garden; New York Horticultural Society, as well as national nonprofit "green' organizations.

The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1972, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. Our mission is to promote gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. To fulfill this mission we offer publications and programs focused on five core areas: youth education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. For more information, visit

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