Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. and the National Gardening Association Announce "Mantis Tiller" Award Winners

Twenty-Five Garden Programs have been Awarded Mantis Tillers

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont, May 25th, 2012 – Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. a widely recognized supplier of garden-friendly tools, and the National Gardening Association (NGA) announced today the winners of their Spring 2012 ″Mantis Tiller″ grant awards. The program ″Mantis Tiller″ Awards is now in its seventeenth year having provided over 271 programs with tillers!

Over 800 applications were received from school programs, non-profits, and community gardens across the United States each demonstrating a passion and commitment to gardening and teaching the next generation about the benefits of gardens. Twenty-five programs were awarded Mantis Tillers based on the creativity of their programs, the innovativeness of their approach, and the long-term sustainability of their plans.

Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. and the National Gardening Association will be sponsoring the 18th year of the ″Mantis Tiller″ program opening this June of 2012. 25 programs will each receive a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with border/edger and kickstand, and their choice of gas-powered 2-cycle engine or electric motor valued at $349.00. The application form will be available online at in June 2012.

    Spring 2012 ″Mantis Tiller″ Award Winners:
  1. Communities in Schools of Forsyth County - Walnut Cove, NC
  2. Children's Attention Home Charter School - Rock Hill, SC
  3. Regional Environmental Council of Central MA (REC) - Worcester, MA
  4. City of Kingston - Kingston, NY
  5. Growing Together Giving Garden - Phoenix, AZ
  6. Urban Ministries of Wake County - Raleigh, NC
  7. Tempe Community Action Agency - Tempe, AZ
  8. Palos Hills Resource and Rec. Dept - Palos Hills, IL
  9. Public Health Fund Incorporated - Tory, MO
  10. Los Angeles County COmmunity Development Foundation - Monterey Park, CA
  11. Southern Trinity Joint USD- Bridgeville, CA
  12. ECHO Housing Corporation - Evansville, IN
  13. Wattles Farm and Neighborhood Gardeners - Los Angeles, CA
  14. DeVries Nature Conservancy - Owosso, MI
  15. Aroostook Band of Micmacs - Presque Isle, ME
  16. Full Spectrum Farms, Inc. - Cullowhee, NC
  17. Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire/ Youth Enrichment Services- Sious Falls, SD
  18. Hali'imaile Community Garden - Kahului, HI
  19. Marshall School and Community Garden - Marshall, AR
  20. Butte Communities Improvement Association - Arco, ID
  21. Dahlonegah School/Community Garden - Stilwell, OK
  22. Gardendale Elementary Magnet School - Merritt Island, FL
  23. Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) - Salida, CO
  24. Coastal Women for Change - Biloxi, MS
  25. Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation - Kennesaw, GA

To learn more about the Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.-National Gardening Association relationship visit, or

About Mantis

For nearly 30 years, Mantis has made gardening easier with its famous tiller/cultivators, dual-chamber composter, and many other gardener-friendly tools. Mantis products are available direct from the Southampton, PA factory, via mail-order, and through more than 4,500 equipment dealerships and retailers nationwide. To learn more about Mantis products visit their website at

Mantis is a registered trademark of Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.

About the National Gardening Association

Founded in 1973, National Gardening Association (NGA) is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning, information-rich Web sites and newsletters; grants, curricula, and resources for youth gardens; and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to promote home, school, and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. To learn more about gardening with children, please visit

For the National Gardening Association
Michael Metallo

For Mantis
Linda Beattie

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