Decorator Extraordinaire Kitty Bartholomew Helps

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

Allen Rathey
Housekeeping Channel
(208) 938-3137

Boise, Idaho (APRIL 17, 2006) - Television decorator Kitty Bartholomew will share her passion for color and natural expression as she demonstrates "Blossoming Birdhouses," presented by The Housekeeping Channel?, at 10:30 a.m., April 29, 2006 as part of NYC Grows, a public garden festival in Union Square between 14th and 17th Streets. The event, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is the grand finale of NYC GROWS and the National Gardening Association's National Garden Month? 2006.

Ms. Bartholomew, a technical advisor to The Housekeeping Channel, will demonstrate how to turn birdhouses into planters during her session. She also will be available in the Authors' Tent to sign books and offer advice about decorating-indoors and out.

The Housekeeping Channel will be among dozens of national and regional groups at NYC Grows helping to celebrate the greening of New York City and demonstrating inspiring examples of how gardening improves our quality of life. The program is designed to draw media attention and to bring hundreds of thousands of people from diverse backgrounds and interests into the world of gardening.

"Plants are part of a healthy indoor environment, which is a focal point of The Housekeeping Channel," said Allen P. Rathey, founder of the Web site. "Supporting savvy decorating and housekeeping with plants complements our mission of promoting better, faster, and healthier housekeeping."

Ms. Bartholomew launched her television career on ABC-TV's The Home Show. During her 6-year stint as the resident interior designer and decorating correspondent, she led her viewers on countless decorating adventures, even working side by side for five months with contractors and tradespeople building a house from the ground up. Kitty hosted her own show, Kitty Bartholomew: You're Home, on HGTV for eight years, as well as a number of HGTV's most popular specials, including Great Gardens of Hawaii and Great Gardens of Costa Rica.

The Housekeeping Channel's "Home Improvement" and "Gardening" sections, launching this Spring/Summer, will feature ideas and tips from the National Gardening Association ( The new content will incorporate housekeeping and decorating with plants in outdoor and indoor living spaces, including the patio, lanai or veranda, porch, deck, courtyard, and sunroom.

"With Kitty Bartholomew's expertise and keen, creative insights, The Housekeeping Channel is finding new ways to help Americans keep healthy, beautiful homes," said Rathey.

The Housekeeping Channel? is a focused media and consumer resource in the cleaning, motivation, home organization, and indoor environment categories that is frequently consulted by the online and print press as a source of factual information for articles in women's, family, consumer, and general interest publications. The Housekeeping Channel strives to be the Web's most comprehensive storehouse of information and resources to help households everywhere achieve a cleaner, more organized, and healthier indoor environment. The site provides how-to tutorials, plus news and reviews regarding the latest innovations from the cleaning products industry to improve the home environment. Resources include timesaving systems, tools and motivation for keeping a better house at the click of a mouse.

The National Gardening Association (NGA) 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 To learn more about National Garden Month, visit If you will be visiting NYC on April 29th and want to learn more about the festival, visit

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