Third Annual NYC GROWS Garden Festival April 27, 2008 by NGA and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

By National Gardening Association Editors

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

Warner Johnston
NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation
((212) 360-1311

South Burlington, VT (September 28, 2007) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce that on Sunday, April 27, 2008 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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will offer a wide variety of family-friendly activities and practical garden demonstrations. Main tent activities will begin at 10 a.m., with a new activity every half hour. Updates will be posted on starting in January for all who like to plan ahead.

″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 third annual NYC GROWS Garden Festival, the culminating event of NGA's National Garden Month® and 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, 52 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 22 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City's principal providers of athletic facilities. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals. For more information about Parks, visit our Web site:

About the National Gardening Association
Founded in 1973, 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 1,537 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 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 Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Union Square Park, South Plaza. Featured sponsors are Ames True Temper, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, and The Home Depot. Additional support provided by Con Edison. For updates on the Festival, the events, exhibitors, and special guests, starting in January 2008, visit

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