FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marysville, Ohio, (March 29, 2005) - The Scotts Company announced today that MIRACLE-GRO™ NURSERY SELECT™f , a line of professional plant care products and premium annuals, perennials, and ornamental grasses, will sponsor National Garden Month in April for the second year in a row.
National Garden Month, an annual National Gardening Association (NGA) project, is a call to action that encourages everyone to get out and plant to help beautify our backyards and communities. "Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life" is this year's theme. NGA will use educational activities, public events, government proclamations and garden center seminars to build a steady stream of increased awareness and participation from coast to coast.
"Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life" has a simple premise - someone in your community will benefit by receiving a "garden". The garden can be as small as a container of geraniums for an elderly neighbor, or as elaborate as planting a garden at a local public park. The opportunity for making a difference through gardening is as wide as the imagination. The call to action is going out to individuals, schools, garden centers, and corporations everywhere. Visit www.nurseryselect.com to view various ways to build beautiful container gardens, or learn 101 other ways to help celebrate National Garden Month by visiting www.nationalgardenmonth.org.
"Scotts is dedicated to making the world a more beautiful place, and we truly believe that gardening is one of the best and most important ways in which we can accomplish this," states John Connel, Scotts vice president. "Therefore, we are very excited about this year's National Garden Month theme of 'Give a Garden', because gardens help to beautify our communities and provide wonderful environmental benefits as well."
"National Garden Month is National Gardening Association's vehicle to raise public awareness by bringing together non-profit organizations and corporations like The Scotts Company that embrace plant-based education as a tool to better every aspect of our lives," says Mike Metallo, President, NGA.
MIRACLE-GRO™ NURSERY SELECT™ is a professionally formulated line of plant care products for both in-ground gardening and container gardening and a line of premium annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses. MIRACLE-GRO™ NURSERY SELECT™ plants and products are available exclusively at independent nurseries and garden centers. From planting to establishing roots, to regular feeding, Nursery Select helps plants (and gardeners) from beginning to end. For more information on MIRACLE-GRO™ NURSERY SELECT™ Plants, Planting Mix, Starter Food, and Growth Food for gardens and containers, visit www.nurseryselect.com.
Dedicated to a Beautiful World: The Scotts Company, with sales of more than $2 billion, is the world's leading supplier of consumer products for lawn and garden care, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. The Company owns the industry's most recognized brands. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts(R), Miracle-Gro(R) and Ortho(R) brands are market leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup(R) brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. The Company also owns Smith & Hawken, a leading brand of garden-inspired products that include pottery, watering equipment, gardening tools, outdoor furniture and live goods. In the U.K., Scotts' brands include Weedol(R) and Pathclear(R), the top-selling consumer herbicides; Evergreen(R), the leading lawn fertilizer line; the Levington(R) line of lawn and garden products; and Miracle-Gro(R). The Company also owns and operates Scotts LawnService(R), a leading provider of professional lawn service in the United States.
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 offer publications and programs focused on five core areas: youth education, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and home gardening. For more information, visit www.garden.org.