Contact: Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129
NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation
South Burlington, VT (March 26, 2007) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce that on Saturday, April 28, 2007 the NYC GROWS GARDEN FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY TARGET will be held in UNION SQUARE PARK SOUTH PLAZA. This free event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will offer a wide variety of family-friendly activities and practical garden demonstrations. Main tent activities will begin at 9 a.m., with a new activity every half hour. 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.
"The Big Apple is fast becoming 'Flower City,' with more parks, gardens, and trees in bloom than at any time in the city's history," said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "We are excited to team up with the National Gardening Association once again and present the second-annual NYC GROWS Garden Festival, the culminating event of New York City's month-long gardening celebration."
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.