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 announce that Rebecca Kolls, host of Rebecca's Garden is adding her support as spokesperson for This is My Garden, the theme for National Garden Month™ 2006, celebrated nationally during the month of April. 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.
"Each week, I share with gardeners the number-one leisure activity in the country - gardening," says Rebecca. "The theme for National Garden Month 2006 is This is My Garden. I am pleased to be able to speak on behalf of National Garden Month, pointing out that This is My Garden can and should apply to everyone because everyone should be connected to the earth - master gardeners, apartment dwellers and homeowners gardening for the first time, community gardeners, and volunteers at botanical gardens. We all played in the dirt as children, most of us got to see a bean sprout in a paper cup, but the business of life may have pushed that aside. Adding that simplicity back into life adds back in a joy we may have forgotten, which is why I end each Rebecca's Garden show with one simple phrase, 'Keep those hands dirty!'"
Mike Metallo, president, NGA, points out National Garden Month 2006 will be a time to highlight the gardening that goes on every day of the year. Gardening can be a part of anyone's life - where you live does doesn't have to dictate whether you or not you can garden. Gardens come in all shapes and sizes - from a window box or container garden on decks and patios, to community gardening or volunteering as a docent in your botanical garden. If you don't think you have the space, we'll show you how to garden in a container. If you don't think you have the time, consider time spent in your garden as part of your exercise routine. If you like to spend time with children, bring them to a garden. If you would like to help an elderly neighbor, help with their garden chores. If you would like to help people who are hungry, plant some extra vegetables and donate them to your local food shelf. My wish is that by the end of April 2006, everyone will be proud to say This is My Garden!"
Master Gardener Rebecca Kolls hosts the half-hour nationally syndicated series Rebecca's Garden. Kolls has also served as the gardening and lifestyle contributor for ABC's "Good Morning America." Rebecca's Garden is produced by the E.W. Scripps Company and distributed by NBC Enterprises. For more information on Rebecca, her show, her books, visit www.rebeccasgarden.com.
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.