Rose Getch, Communications Director
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129
South Burlington (September 9, 2005) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to present This is My Garden, the theme for National Garden Month™ 2006. National Garden Month is a time to focus on the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment, and to make our backyards, schools, and neighborhoods greener places.
The theme of This is My Garden encourages anyone who grows plants - be it a geranium on the windowsill or an acre of vegetables - to feel proud of their stewardship. It encourages them to open their gardens and share their love of gardening with others. It encourages participation in community gardening. It reminds the public to appreciate parks and botanical gardens - the green jewels of urban areas. It urges gardeners to share knowledge with future generations at schools, in children's programs, and within their communities. In other words, This is My Garden promotes the voices of all gardeners and visibility of all sorts of gardens.
The following organizations are participating in National Garden Month 2006: American Community Gardening Association, American Horticultural Therapy Association, American Public Gardens Association, American Rose Society, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Council on the Environment for NYC, Girls Scouts of the USA, Green Guerillas, Green Thumb, Lawn & the Environment Initiative, Les Dames d'Escoffier, Manhattan Botanical Garden, National Wildlife Federation, New York Botanical Garden, New York City Parks & Recreation, New York Horticultural Society, New York Restoration Project, North American Pollinators Protection Campaign, and "Remember Me" Rose Gardens.
The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1972, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. Our mission is to promote gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between 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.