Contact: Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129
South Burlington, VT (March 26, 2007) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation invite the public to the NYC GROWS GARDEN FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY TARGET at UNION SQUARE PARK SOUTH PLAZA where everyone will have the opportunity to experience the art form of a live walk-thru labyrinth. This is a one-day only opportunity on Saturday, April 28, 2007 during the second annual NYC GROWS Garden Festival. Diana Carulli will create the labyrinth with 350 potted plants in such a way that it will be stroller-friendly so the whole family can enjoy the experience. Diana will be on hand between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to answer questions about the labyrinths she has created around the world.
Mike Metallo, president NGA, comments, ″Without the generosity of talented artist Diana Carulli, this living labyrinth would not be possible. However, even a talented artist needs the components to work with. We have Monrovia to thank for the generous donation of 350 beautiful plants, Ames True Temper to thank for the garden containers to put the plants in, and Fafard to thank for sending a team of professional gardeners to pot the plants in time for the NYC GROWS Garden Festival.″
About the Labyrinth Art Form
The labyrinth design is a round, swirl pattern, similar to a maze and it is thought that walking a labyrinth brings focus and clarity ″It clears thoughts it gives insight to walk in that way,″ Carulli said. Carulli notes that the labyrinth has a multitude of functions, from being a work of art and a method of meditation to an efficient use of space for people to exercise when the lines of the labyrinth are followed. To experience a labyrinth at any time, you may visit a painted labyrinth located at 17th St. between Broadway and Park Ave., also created by Carulli who works in various forms of medium. The labyrinth suggests an abstract vine upon which flowers, fruits, and vegetables might be placed. ″It has the suggestions of greenery, vegetables, fruit and flowers in an abstract form,″ Carulli said, ″You are supposed to keep the vine between your feet,″ she added, referring to how a person walks the labyrinth.
About the Artist
Diana started her career as an environmental artist, having graduated from the Chapin School and San Francisco State College. She has devoted her life to art that encourages our participation and hopes that we will make labyrinths in our gardens. For Diana, labyrinths direct our attention to the earth and her splendors. ″Plants are exquisite living, breathing gems we place in the earth to adorn our planet. Labyrinths suggest a many stranded necklace and when made of plants, become a living set of jewels each of us can create and admire″ remarks Carulli.
Monrovia is headquartered in Azusa, California, just east of Los Angeles, and operates nurseries in Visalia, California; Dayton, Oregon; Springfield, Ohio; La Grange, North Carolina; and Cairo, Georgia. These wholesale nurseries, encompassing 4,724 acres, are not open to the public. Their plants are sent from our nurseries in refrigerated trucks to more than 5,000 fine garden centers nationwide. To learn more about Monrovia and find local retailers that carry their product, visit www.monrovia.com.
About Ames True Temper
Ames True Temper, Inc. is a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of non-powered lawn and garden tools and accessories. Ames True Temper brands are among the most recognized across their primary product categories in the North American non-powered lawn and garden products market. Its brand portfolio includes True Temper, Ames, Garant, Hound Dog as well as the commercial offerings under the Jackson and RazorBack Professional Tool brands. To learn about Ames True Temper and find local retailers that carry their product, visit www.amestruetemper.com.
Fafard produces peatmoss, soilless mixes, top soil, peat humus, potting soils, composted manures, and a portion of the bark used in Fafard mixes. Soilless mixes represent the fastest growing segment of the Fafard business. Mix formulations are constantly monitored to match changing grower needs. Fafard also offers the unique service of custom blending. This flexibility provides customers with an almost infinite range of mix formulations and characteristics. For more information on Fafard and to find local retailers who carry their product, visit www.fafard.com.
About NYC Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation is the steward of almost 29,000 acres of land--14 percent of New York City--including more than 4,000 individual properties ranging from Yankee Stadium and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds; we manage four major stadia, 550 tennis courts, 51 public pools, 34 recreation centers, 12 nature centers, 12 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches; we care for 1,200 monuments and 22 historic house museums; we look after 500,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City's principal provider of athletic facilities. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals. Union Square Park covers 3.593 acres and is located at Broadway to 4 Ave, E. 14 St to E. 17 Sts.
About the National Gardening Association
Founded in 1972, NGA is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning Web sites and newsletters, grants and curricula for youth gardens, and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to advance the personal, community, and educational benefits of gardening by supporting gardeners and teachers with information and resources. To learn more, please visit www.garden.org.
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About NYC GROWS Garden Festival
Hosted by the National Gardening Association and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and presented by Target, the festival will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Union Square Park, South Plaza. Featured sponsors are Ames True Temper, Black & Decker, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, and The Home Depot. Additional support provided by am New York, Con Edison, Organic Gardening magazine, and WQXR. Members of the public may pick up programs at NYC & Company Visitor Bureaus or download them from www.nycgrows.org. For detailed information, within NYC please call 311; elsewhere, dial 1-212-New-York.