National Garden Month Events in NYC Open to One and All

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

South Burlington, VT (April 4, 2006) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to present National Garden Month™ 2006, now celebrating its fourth year and gaining prominence as thousands of people across the country passionately reach out and commemorate this time to focus on the essential connections between people, plants, and the environment.

Special National Garden Month™ events in New York include:

Monday, April 24th
Location: East NY Farms! 613 New Lots Ave. East New York, Brooklyn (MTA # 3 to New Lots (212) 867-3929
Find out how community gardening enhances individual lives and entire neighborhoods.

1:30p.m. Welcome by East NY Farms!, the American Community Gardening Association, and NGA
Community gardening presentations
2:30p.m. Youth Intern-Led Garden Tour & East NY Farms!

Tuesday, April 25th
214-43 35th Ave., Bayside, NY (Queens) (718) 423-8333, P.S. 41 (K-5) Crocheron School
Project Oasis is a multi-year garden design project developed by the PTA and the Queens Botanical Garden. This sustainable school garden is funded by a grant from the office of Councilman Tony Avella, as well as parent donations and contributions from local merchants.
Display: Birdhouses and butterfly houses painted by our second grade students will be displayed throughout the garden. Program as follows:

11:00a.m. Kindergarteners Sing about Bugs
Kim D'Angelo (PTA) "Program Overview"
Patty Kleinberg (Queens Botanical Garden) "Benefits of Gardening with Kids"
Second Graders Sing about Gardens

Wednesday, April 26th
128 West 58th St., New York (212) 757-0915
Art Gallery Opening at The Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY). Program as follows:

5:30p.m. Featuring: Diana Carulli, multimedia artist whose focus is on making labyrinths (Work donated to NGA's Adopt a School Garden program for Washington Irving H.S.)
Cheryl Starer, abstract oil painter (Work donated to NGA's Adopt a Garden program for HSNY's Green Team of NYC & The Garden Project of San Francisco)
Vicki Street, artist who makes jewelry inspired by nature (Work donated to NGA's Adopt a School Garden program for P.S. 41 in NYC)
6:30p.m. Panel discussion on "Therapeutic Benefits of Gardening"
Featuring: Cathrine Sneed, Vice-Chair, NGA's Board of Directors & Founder, The Garden Project in San Francisco, CA James Jiler, Director, HSNY's Green House Program on Rikers Island
John Cannizzo Director of HSNY's the GreenTeam Internship Program
Hilda Krus, Horticultural Therapist

Thursday, April 27th
Moore Playground in East Harlem (corner of East Madison Avenue and 130th and 131st Streets)
Groundbreaking for a Rose Garden Test Plot for "Remember Me" Rose Gardens to remember survivors & victims of 9/11. Program as follows:

10:00a.m. Words of remembrance by Lt. Bob Jackson Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 Firehouse, NY
Groundbreaking for Test Plot
Inspirational Message by "Remember Me" Rose Gardens Founder, Sue Casey
Update on progress of "Remember Me" Rose Gardens by Michael Mitchell

Location: Washington Irving High School, 40 Irving Place, NY
"Every Child Needs a Garden!" Program as follows:

3:00p.m. Arrival & Welcome
3:30p.m. Introduction by Dr. Denise DiCarlo, Principal, Washington Irving H.S.
Tony Vargo, Vice-President/CFO, NGA
Keynote Speech: "A Garden in Every School" by Delaine Eastin, founder of A Garden in Every School Campaign and former State Superintendent of Education, California
4:00p.m. Art Gallery w/refreshments
Presentation by Jaime Arredondo (Work donated to NGA's Adopt a School Garden program for Washington Irving H.S.)

Saturday, April 29, 2006
NYC GROWS Garden Festival: 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
Union Square, between 14th and 17th Streets, adjacent to the popular Greenmarket.

More than 40 national and regional "green groups" will offer how-to workshops, interactive activities, children's art and garden programming, cooking demonstrations, and much more. Garden authors will be on hand to answer questions and autograph books, and the National Wildlife Federation's Ranger Rick will read stories to children. Nonprofit partner organizations and sponsors will lead how-to demonstrations on: making stepping stones, combining flowers and edibles in container gardens, blossoming birdhouses, making container water gardens, attracting birds to your garden, pollinator-friendly practices, and how to garden ergonomically.

Participating groups include:
American Community Garden Association, American Horticultural Therapy Association, American Rose Society, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, British Memorial Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Camden Children's Garden, Composting Council of Canada, Council on the Environment for NYC, Environmental Protection Association, Girl Scouts of the USA, Green Guerillas, Horticultural Society of New York, International Society of Arboriculture, Les Dames d'Escoffier, National Wildlife Federation, New York Audubon Society, New York Restoration Project, New Haven Land Trust, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, NYC Department of Natural Resources, North American Pollinators Protection Campaign, Office of Women's Health, Plant Health Alternatives, Queens Botanical Garden, "Remember Me" Rose Garden, and Staten Island Botanical Garden.

The National Gardening Association (NGA) is a nonprofit leader in plant-based education. NGA promotes home, school, and community gardening as a means of renewing and sustaining the essential connections between people, plants, and the environment. National Garden Month™ and NYC GROWS are programs of NGA. To learn more, please visit:

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