Rose Getch, Communications Director
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129
SPREMIER SPONSORS JOIN NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH 2005 CAMPAIGN - GIVE A GARDEN - ADD BEAUTY TO LIFE -
South Burlington, VT (December 6, 2004) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the premier sponsors of NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH® 2005-MIRACLE-GRO® NURSERY SELECT®, HILTON GARDEN INN®, SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC., BLACK & DECKER® and PROVEN WINNERS®. In cooperation with these premier sponsors, NGA has chosen 'Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life' as this year's theme for April 2005 National Garden Month. This call to action invites children and parents, students and teachers, companies and their employees to plant a container garden and pass it on. With support from socially responsible garden centers, schools, and companies that believe in the mission of bringing people and plants together, 'Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life' during National Garden Month April 2005 will spark a revolution in garden giving. Garden centers will be hosting 'Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life' workshops for families, offering supplies with "how-to" instructions to personalize your very own container garden for giving. Classrooms across the country will be participating in garden-sharing activities. Companies will donate staff time to give gardens in their communities. To learn more about National Garden Month, visit www.garden.org.
"MIRACLE-GRO NURSERY SELECT is proud to sponsor National Garden Month again in 2005," says John Connel, Vice President, Independent Retailer Marketing, The Scotts Company. "We believe that this year's Give a Garden campaign provides an ideal opportunity for gardeners of all levels to share their passion for gardening with friends, neighbors, and their local communities." To learn more about Miracle-Gro Nursery Select products, visit www.miraclegro.com.
"HILTON GARDEN INN is proud to be the official hospitality sponsor of the NGA and National Garden Month," says Mark Nogal, Vice President - Marketing for Hilton Garden Inn. "For the past four years, we've worked with the NGA on the "Grow A School Garden" project, and today more than 100 of our hotels have embarked on special projects in their local communities to grow school, community and senior gardens across the country. The hands-on project gives students the experience to plant seeds, watch the flowers, herbs and vegetables grow, and then take pride in their accomplishments." To find out more about Hilton Garden Inn hotels, visit their Web site at www.hiltongardeninn.com.
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. "As two like-minded organizations, we believe in the power of gardening to transform environments, individuals and communities." says Tim Bennett, Director of Marketing Programs, Subaru of America, Inc. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive gets outdoor enthusiasts to their destination with safety and confidence. To learn more about Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and the company's award winning product line-up, visit www.subaru.com.
"BLACK & DECKER is proud to join this esteemed group sponsoring NGA's National Garden Month. We support the goal to inspire more people to get out into their yards to experience the physical, emotional, and environmental benefits of gardening," says Troy Franzen, Vice President at Black & Decker. "Because our cordless and corded outdoor products run on electricity, you don't have to worry about fumes, harmful emissions, or trips to the gas station, which allows you to take full advantage of being outside in the beautiful surroundings of your yard. We hope that this year more and more people will become involved with National Garden Month." To learn more about Black & Decker's product line, visit www.blackanddecker.com.
PROVEN WINNERS, a company serious about providing gardeners with plants that perform as beautifully as they look, also joins this special group of sponsors. "Thanks to the National Gardening Association, gardening has become a positive force for change in our daily lives. Proven Winners is especially pleased to sponsor this year's program because the theme, 'Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life' conveys what we believe is best about gardening. It reminds us that even in today's fast-paced, high-tech world, there's still a way to connect with nature, and each other," says Marshall Dirks, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Proven Winners.
The NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION (NGA), founded in 1973, is a national nonprofit leader in garden-based education. Our mission is to promote gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection among people, plants, and the environment. To fulfill this mission, we build programs focused on five core areas: youth education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. Because of our national scope and broad reach, much of our work is accomplished in partnership with complementary organizations, both private and public. Our programs speak to youth, educators, youth organizations, and the general gardening public about the ability of gardening to improve lives. Our initiatives highlight the many possibilities and opportunities provided by plant-based education in schools, communities, and organizations across the county. For more information, visit www.garden.org.