Smith & Hawken Teams with the National Gardening Association to Adopt Four School Gardens in Northern California

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

Noelle Smith
Smith & Hawken
(415) 506-3849

South Burlington, VT (January 15, 2008) - The National Gardening Association's Adopt a School Garden? Program is pleased to announce that Smith & Hawken? is funding four Adopt a School Garden programs in Northern California. The funds will allow the schools to enhance their gardens through the implementation of plant-based education programs and hands-on learning.

The four schools include Mira Vista Elementary and Coronado Elementary School in Richmond, Mill Valley Elementary in Mill Valley, and Cragmont Elementary in Berkeley.

"Smith & Hawken is excited to partner with the Adopt a School Garden program, which benefits so many children," says Felix Carbullido, General Manager of Smith & Hawken. "Smith & Hawken is a garden company that started in Northern California, so to have this opportunity to give back locally and inspire children to get into the garden to learn and grow is wonderful."

"We are thrilled that Smith & Hawken is committed to bringing the gift of gardening to kids through the Adopt a School Garden program," says NGA president Mike Metallo. "There's a great deal of research indicating that gardening presents physical, psychological, and educational benefits that help children achieve higher test scores; get exercise; connect to the environment; develop social skills; and improve their attention, focus, and self-esteem." Smith & Hawken's commitment to children's gardening reaches beyond California. The company also has adopted four school garden programs in Northern Ohio.

About NGA's Adopt a School Garden program
Adopt a School Garden (ASG) is a program developed by the National Gardening Association (NGA) to bridge the gap between those lacking resources to implement school or community gardening programs, and people who have the ability to help. By identifying corporate and private donors, the program finances and empowers garden project leaders to establish resilient programs while putting in place a local network of support. Along with continued guidance and critical educational services and resources provided by NGA's experienced staff of horticultural educators, ASG germinates sustainable multidisciplinary school garden programs with standards-based education while strengthening the relationship between kids and their environment. For more information, please contact Keri Evjy at or visit the ASG Web page.

About Smith & Hawken
Smith & Hawken? is the premier authority in outdoor garden living, dedicated to providing products distinguished by authenticity, style, and above all, fine craftsmanship. Smith & Hawken's products are sold across the country through 59 Smith & Hawken? retail stores, its catalog, Internet site, and select high-end independent garden centers. An exclusive line of branded products is also sold at all 1,400 Target stores nationwide. Based in Novato, California, Smith & Hawken is a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

Founded in 1973, the National Gardening Association 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 about gardening with children and youth, please visit

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