Philadelphia Flower Show Selected as Kick-off Site for National Garden Monthâ„¢ 2006

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

South Burlington (September 9, 2005) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to introduce National Garden Month 2006 at the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 5 - 12, 2006. The 250,000 expected attendees at the Philadelphia Flower Show will be treated to a sneak preview of events that will take place during National Garden Month, to be celebrated nationwide during the month of April, 2006. National Garden Month is a time to focus on the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment, and make our backyards, schools and neighborhoods greener places.

"NGA is committed to making gardening and plants a greater priority in the minds of the American public. Without plants, there is no life. Plants give us the clothes we wear, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. They carry the welcome breath of nature into the congestion of our cities, draw disparate communities together, and, quite simply, add beauty to life. Fostering understanding and appreciation for the people-plant connection is at the heart of what we do," says Mike Metallo, President, NGA. "Over the past 33 years, NGA has led the way through the uncertainty of changing times and changing technology: serving as an information clearinghouse for gardeners; publishing informative and ecologically sound gardening advice; offering educators grants, gardening resources and plant-based teaching materials; producing consumer research to assist the lawn and garden industry to better serve a growing public; and actively pursuing partnerships with other "green" organizations and socially responsible corporations to further our complementary missions."

Philadelphia Flower Show
The annual Philadelphia Flower Show, produced by The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, is the nation's premier event of its kind and a harbinger of the latest trends in gardening and horticulture. The Show is known for its innovative and often astounding gardens and floral entries as evidenced by the 2006 theme "Enchanted Spring, a Tribute to Mother Nature". The 10-plus-acre presentation will feature Natura, the world's largest plant sculpture. At more than 27-feet high, the "goddess of nature" will sport a 16-foot cascading waterfall from her outstretched palm. A newly designed section of the Show will encourage gardening enthusiasts to Know It, Grow It and Show It with interactive displays and presentations throughout Show week. Show information and tickets are available at

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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