Black & Decker Joins in the NYC GROWS Garden Festival Saturday April 28

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

David Olsen
Black & Decker
(410) 531-6975

Burlington, VT (March 7, 2007) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce that, for the third consecutive year, Black & Decker Outdoor Products is sponsoring National Garden Month?, celebrated each April.

Black & Decker lawn and garden products operate on electricity, and do not use gas. They are cordless or corded and start with the push of a button. Charlie Nardozzi, Chief Horticulturist of NGA, is looking forward to introducing some of Black & Decker's cutting-edge tools to the public at the NYC GROWS Festival in Union Square Park South Plaza on April 28. Nardozzi says, "With the growing concern about global warming and use of fossil fuels, everyone is looking for ways to lessen their 'carbon footprint'. Gardeners can help by considering which tools to use. Electric lawn and garden tools have the lowest environmental impact over gas-guzzling power tools. Black & Decker lawn and garden products not only reduce emissions, they also create less noise pollution, are lightweight and easy on your body, and get the job done."

This year's featured product includes the Black & Decker Cultivator. The Cultivator's hardened steel tines dig into soil to pull up weeds or loosen dirt for planting and better aeration. Because it is cordless you can take the Cultivator anywhere in your yard.

NYC GROWS Garden Festival will include a free raffle of products donated by various sponsors and participating groups. To sign up for a chance to win Black & Decker's SSC1000 combo kit, including cordless Grass Shears and Shrubber, and an Alligator Lopper, please visit the Black & Decker tent on April 28, then and join us back in the park for the 3 p.m. drawing. Black & Decker's Grass Shears are ergonomically designed to trim grass around building edges and gardens quickly and easily. The Shrubber allows for easy trimming of shrubs and flowers without the arm fatigue usually associated with regular power hedge trimmers. The Alligator Lopper allows you to cut up to 4-inch-diameter limbs of trees without the stress, strain, or the danger presented by a conventional chain saw.

About NYC GROWS Garden Festival
On Saturday, April 28, 2007 the second annual NYC GROWS Garden Festival will be held in Union Square Park South Plaza. This free event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will offer a wide variety of family-friendly activities, practical garden demonstrations especially for city-dwellers, along with environmental and educational opportunities. Main tent activities will begin at 9 a.m., with a new activity every half hour. Members of the public may pick up programs at NYC & Company Visitor Bureaus or download them from For detailed information, within NYC please call 311; elsewhere, dial 1-212-New-York.

About NYC Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation is the steward of almost 29,000 acres of land--14 percent of New York City--including more than 4,000 individual properties ranging from Yankee Stadium and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds; we manage four major stadia, 550 tennis courts, 51 public pools, 34 recreation centers, 12 nature centers, 12 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches; we care for 1,200 monuments and 22 historic house museums; we look after 500,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City's principal provider of athletic facilities. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals. Union Square Park covers 3.593 acres and is located at Broadway to 4 Ave, E. 14 St to E. 17 Sts.

About the National Gardening Association
Founded in 1972, NGA is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning Web sites and newsletters, grants and curricula for youth gardens, and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to advance the personal, community, and educational benefits of gardening by supporting gardeners and teachers with information and resources. To learn more, please visit

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