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National Gardening Association
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"Remember Me" Rose Garden
South Burlington, Vermont (March 30, 2006) - The National Gardening Association (NGA), a leader in supporting home, school, and community gardening programs, is proud to announce the winners of the second annual "Remember Me" Rose School Garden Awards. The award is sponsored by Messenger?, a revolutionary plant health activator, and Edmunds' Roses.
The 20 winning schools will each receive 10 rose bushes, Messenger, and educational materials with which to create peace gardens to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001. The gardens are intended to catalyze and support training in conflict resolution and mediation skills that prepare students to seek and achieve fair and peaceful solutions to conflicts.
"All too often we forget that our children need a safe place where they can focus within. 'Remember Me' Rose School Garden Awards gives them an opportunity to create their own space that is positive, uplifting, and reflects the cycle of life renewing each year," says Sue Casey, Founder and President of "Remember Me" Rose Garden, a nonprofit organization creating remembrance rose gardens at each of the three major 9/11 crash sites.
The lead sponsor of the "Remember Me" School Garden Awards is Messenger, a product of Eden Bioscience Corporation. Robin Ross of EDEN Biosciences says, "We are proud to be a sponsor of this award. Gardens are a place of peace, tranquility, and refuge, and few gardens are more beautiful than rose gardens. It is our hope that the kids involved with this program develop a lifelong love of gardening, because it fosters peace and well-being."
Messenger?, introduced for home and garden use in 2004, is a plant health activator that triggers a plant's immune system with a naturally occurring protein called harpin. With Messenger, plants are empowered to utilize their natural defenses against disease and stress. Treated plants absorb more nutrients for more robust growth, leading to larger blooms, more fruits and foliage. Messenger was awarded the EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and is endorsed by three national gardening organizations. For more information, visit www.messenger.com
Edmunds' Roses is a family-owned and operated rose nursery located in Wilsonville, Oregon. They have introduced three varieties of roses in honor of "Remember Me" Rose Gardens: 'Firefighter', 'Soaring Spirits', and 'We Salute You'. A portion of proceeds from sales of these roses supports the efforts of "Remember Me" Rose Gardens. For more information about these roses, visit edmundsroses.com
"Remember Me" Rose Garden is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating three gardens, one each in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, on or near the sites of each attack. "Remember Me" Rose Garden celebrates gardening for its ability to strengthen the body, soothe the mind, and lift the spirit. For updates on the progress of these gardens, visit www.remember-me-rose.org
The National Gardening Association's efforts are focused on plant- and garden-based education for children and youth, and on providing sound and useful information to gardeners. Visit www.garden.org to learn more. For information on gardening with children, and award opportunities for schools and youth organizations, visit www.garden.org/schoolgrants.
For a full list of winning garden programs, visit the KidsGardening.com Web site.