Hilton Garden Inn™ Proud to Sponsor National Garden Month™ 2006

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

Agnes Sibal
Hilton Garden Inn Brand Communications
(310) 205-4545

Beverly Hills, CA, (April 17, 2006) - Hilton Garden Inn™, the official hospitality sponsor of the National Gardening Association (NGA), is proud to support National Garden Month™, a program of NGA that is celebrated each April. National Garden Month is a time to focus on the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment, and to make our backyards, schools, and neighborhoods greener places. NGA is pleased to present This is My Garden, the theme for National Garden Month™ 2006, which reflects the pride of nurturing the earth and the power of bringing forth life from bare soil. It heralds the achievement of millions of Americans who are working the earth in community, public, school, backyard, container, and rooftop gardens.

"Through Hilton Garden Inn hotels' Grow A School Garden project, participating Hilton Garden Inn hotels donate a garden education package to a school in their community. In addition, a dedicated team of staff provides support and hands-on work to grow the gardens with the students and teachers," said Mark Nogal, vice president - marketing, Hilton Garden Inn. "The project gives students the experience of planting seeds and seeing flowers, herbs, and vegetables grow this year, our hotels will host Veggie Taco Day tying in the vegetables that we plant to making them a part of the veggie tacos and quesadillas that will be prepared, showing them first-hand how gardening can be a growing experience that links to classroom subjects like literacy, math, science and nutrition."

"People coast to coast are realizing that it does indeed take a community to raise a child, especially when it comes to learning about nutrition. I am especially pleased that Hilton Garden Inn's Grow a School Garden is a nationwide project," says Mike Metallo, president, NGA. "Hilton Garden Inn has brought on NGA's Senior Horticulturist, Charlie Nardozzi, as their Chief Gardening Officer consultant. To our knowledge, this is a one-of-a-kind designation, which is only suitable for Nardozzi, Author and Editor of "Gardening for Dummies" book series and national magazine articles, National Public Radio Commentator, Talk Radio Show Host, Public Speaker at national venues such as Master Gardener Conferences, and Flower Shows."

With a variety of hotel locations participating in the program, Hilton Garden Inn hotels and local schools are planting and growing gardens in all climates - from Rochester, MN to Tallahasee, Florida, and from Denver, Colorado to Spokane, Washington.

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning mid-priced brand offering complimentary high-speed Internet access in all hotel guestrooms and secure guest remote printing to the hotel's 24-hour business center. The Hilton Garden Inn brand is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation; recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,700 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton™, Conrad™, Doubletree™, Embassy Suites Hotels™, Hampton Inn™, Hampton Inn & Suites™, Hilton Garden Inn™, Hilton Grand Vacations Club™, Homewood Suites by Hilton™, Scandic and The Waldorf=Astoria CollectionTM.

For more information on Hilton Garden Inn hotels or to make reservations, please visit www.StayHGI.com or call 1-877-STAY-HGI in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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 www.garden.org.

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