Ames True Temper to Give Away "Howie" Hound Dogs and Poop Hounds

By National Gardening Association Editors, June 23, 2008

One Day Only at the NYC GROWS Garden Festival, April 28

Contact: Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129

Julie Molnar
Robert Falls & Co. Public Relations
(216) 696-0229

South Burlington, VT (April 17, 2007) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is delighted to announce that Ames True Temper, one of the participating sponsors of the NYC GROWS Garden Festival presented by Target, will be giving away 4500 plush Howie Hound Dogs® and 100 Poop Hounds®. Festival attendees, including dog-loving gardeners, are invited to visit the Ames True Temper table adjacent to the dog park. The festival is free and open to the public on Saturday April 28 at Union Square Park South Plaza at Broadway & 14 St. The exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

About Hound Dog and Ames True Temper
Hound Dog products are specialty tools and part of the Ames True Temper extensive line of innovative landscape products. Ames True Temper, Inc. is a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of non-powered lawn and garden tools and accessories. Their brands include Ames, True Temper, Jackson Professional Tools, Union Tools, Razor-Back, and Garant.

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

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at 1,502 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today's best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives back more than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

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 For detailed information, within NYC please call 311; elsewhere, dial 1-212-New-York.

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