Mantis Awards for Community and School Gardens Seeks Applicants

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

Linda Beattie
Mantis/Little Wonder
(215) 357-5110, ext. 1423

South Burlington, Vermont (May 29, 2008) - Mantis and the National Gardening Association (NGA) are once again offering awards to charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities. Any organization that has or wishes to create a community or youth garden is eligible to apply. In Spring 2009, 25 of these programs will receive a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with a border/edger attachment.

"Mantis is happy to continue its support of gardeners who are striving to improve their communities," says Mantis Award Program Coordinator Linda Beattie. "We know that gardening is a powerful tool for change, but it's always amazing to hear about the great impact that dedicated volunteers and innovative nonprofit agencies can make by bringing people together with the soil."

NGA president Mike Metallo concurs. "The garden is an ideal context for building community, improving environmental quality, fighting hunger, and educating people of all ages. Mantis has always been committed to fostering the success of people doing this very important work."

To apply for the 2009 Mantis Awards, please visit and click on "Grants and Awards." The application deadline is March 1, 2009. Winners will receive their Mantis Tiller/Cultivators by April 30, 2009.

About the sponsors

For over 25 years Mantis has made gardening easier with their famous tiller/cultivators, dual-chamber composter, and many other gardener-friendly products. Mantis products are available direct from the factory, through mailorder, and are also available in more than 3,500 equipment dealerships nationwide. For more information about Mantis and its entire line of gardening products, please visit

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, please visit

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