Contact: Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
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All-America Rose Selections
South Burlington, Vermont (March 4, 2008) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is happy to announce the winners of its fourth annual "Remember Me" Rose School Garden Awards, sponsored by All-America Rose Selections?.
The purpose of this award program is threefold: to support schools that wish to create gardens to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001; to catalyze and support training in conflict resolution and mediation skills that help students discover fair and peaceful solutions; and to serve as a resource to enhance the school curriculum. The following 20 programs will each receive 15 to 20 rose bushes and related educational materials in time for planting in Spring 2008.
"The feedback we've received from recipients of the 'Remember Me' Rose School Garden Awards proves that this program makes a difference in the lives of young people from all walks of life," says NGA president Mike Metallo. "When kids plant and care for a rose garden in the name of peace, they understand that it's a physical representation of the positive impact they can have on their school, the community, and in the world."
"In a school setting, rose gardens can awaken the spirit within a child in ways that traditional curriculum simply can't," noted Tom Carruth, board president of All-America Rose Selections. "Roses help children tap into the concept of possibility and natural beauty - as well as providing practical context for classroom lessons. We've seen the impact gardens can make on a child, and AARS is thrilled to work with NGA to help young people around the country."
"This awards program offers children many important opportunities," says Sue Casey, Founder and President of "Remember Me" Rose Gardens. "As they care for their roses, they create a positive environment, a sense of community, and a safe place where each child can go to reflect upon and understand their emotions. Kids also learn first hand the importance of plants, and gain a sense of ownership and pride in their accomplishments."
About All-America Rose Selections
All-America Rose Selections is the proud sponsor the "Remember Me" School Garden Awards for 2008. All-America Rose Selections is a non-profit association of rose growers and introducers dedicated to bringing exceptional, easy-to-grow roses to gardeners across the county. Since 1938, the AARS seal of approval has graced outstanding new rose varieties that have withstood the test of time - and Mother Nature. AARS operates the world's most rigorous plant trial program via a network of more than 20 official test gardens throughout the country and representing all climate zones. AARS evaluates roses on the characteristics consumers desire in a garden plant, and the roses receive only as much care as would be given in the average home garden. This sophisticated evaluation process results is a new crop of AARS winning roses each year, guaranteeing that only the best make it into your garden. AARS Winners are labeled with the AARS red rose as a seal of approval to distinguish them from other plants in the nursery. For more information, visit www.rose.org.
About "Remember Me" Rose Gardens
"Remember Me" Rose Gardens is a nonprofit organization creating remembrance rose gardens at each of the three major 9/11 crash sites. The gardens will stand as a living tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York, at the Pentagon, and at a field in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. A portion of the sales of "Remember Me" roses goes to the fund to help create and maintain these gardens in perpetuity. Currently available are Firefighter, Soaring Spirits, and We Salute You. Forty Heroes will be available starting in Spring 2008. Each year thereafter, a new rose will be dedicated to one of the many groups affected by this national tragedy. For more information, visit www.remember-me-rose.org.
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 www.kidsgardening.org.