Contact: Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
800-538-7476, ext. 129
South Burlington, VT, (April 14, 2005) - The National Garden Month 2005 Kick-Off Party & Press Conference in Washington, DC on March 29 was spectacular, but it was just the beginning. Reports are coming in from around the country about this year's National Garden Month campaign, Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life. This call to action intends to make everyone aware that there is someone in every community who would benefit by receiving a "garden." The campaign is resonating with consumers, youth groups, communities, garden centers, and corporations. The opportunity for making a difference through gardening is as expansive as the imagination, as shown by these National Garden Month 2005 success stories:
Terri Pinder, owner of Pinder's Nursery, grower for the garden industry for 30 years in Palm City, Florida, felt the wrath of this year's hurricanes in Florida. When she read about National Garden Month 2005 she determined that gardening is indeed for sharing. She opened a retail garden center under the banner Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life so she would be able to bring her "gift" to others one by one in her community. Bringing families with children in for afternoon seminars, she had each child create two container gardens, one to keep and one to share with a neighbor.
Shirley Martin of Walters Gardens in Grosse Pointe, Michigan learned of NGA's Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life campaign and challenged herself to bring the national message to her community. On March 31, three Grosse Pointe towns came together to kick-off a regional call to action to their citizens. Mayors Scrace, Farquhar, and Novitke have all signed official proclamations to recognize and support the month of April as National Garden Month. Jean Azar, president of the Grosse Pointe Garden Center, and Meghan Beers of Meldrum & Smith Nursery represented regional garden centers at the official signing.
Program Manager of Thornton Township Youth Committee in Riverdale, Illinois, Terry McCullough, sees the connection that the youth in his program can make with their community. On April 16, National Youth Service Day, his youth group will be reaching out to those in their neighborhood who need a helping hand in their gardens.
In Pennsylvania, Governor Edward G. Rendell, Mayor McMahon of Reading, and Mayor Afflerbach of Allentown have all signed proclamations stating that April is National Garden Month, and have encouraged their state to get involved in this year's call to action -- Give a Garden - Add Beauty to Life. Gloria Day, Board Member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and owner of Pretty Dirty Ladies, and Steve Maurer, Public Relations Manager of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, have been carrying the National Garden Month message throughout the region for the past three years.
John Connel, Vice President of Business Development for "Scotts Miracle-Gro? Nursery Select? says, "We at Scotts 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." Scotts associates have taken the message to heart, and for the second year in a row will spend an afternoon during April creating container gardens to distribute to local senior centers.
There's still time for you to get involved! Visit www.nationalgardenmonth.org for ideas and inspiration. If you have an idea or National Garden Month story you would like to share, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.