Advisory Board

By Sarah Pounders


Michael Metallo National Gardening Association (800) 538-7476, ext.123 e-mail:


South Burlington, VT (January 16, 2009) – The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the selection of the 2009-2010 Advisory Board members. NGA's award-winning Web site inspires and supports educators and parents involved with youth gardening initiatives. It hosts garden- and plant-based lessons and curriculum, school garden success stories, grants and awards, horticultural resources, and online teachers' courses — everything needed to make the most of learning in the garden!

The role of the 30-member Kidsgardening Advisory Board is to guide the development of new materials and critique existing content. The Board consists of youth gardening experts and advocates from around the country who serve as leaders in their communities for the youth gardening movement.

Members of the 2009-2010 Board include: Tom Adamich of New Concord, Ohio; Carrie Banks of Brooklyn, New York; Becky Cassell-Wivagg of Royse City, Texas; Candace Clavin-Rein of Barrington, Rhode Island; Joanna Coe of Savannah, Georgia; Antrina Cooper of Pearland, Texas; Erzsi Deak of Paris, France; Richard Ellenburg of Orlando, Florida; Ann English of Rockville, Maryland; Gioya Fennelly of Bronx, New York; Bruce Fensley of Southern Pines, North Carolina; John Fisher of Santa Cruz, California; Dave Francis of Lehi, Utah; Dr. Carol Fraser of Houston, Texas; Mollyann Hesser of Herscher, Illinois; Stephanie Huckestein of Blacksburg, Virginia; Patti Lucas of McDonough, Georgia; Tanna Nicely of Blaine, Tennessee; Jean Persely of Macomb, Michigan; Liz Schale of Bellingham, Washington; Jim Smith of Clifton, New Jersey; Melissa Stewart of Institute, West Virginia; Susan Stradling of Chenango Forks, New York; Kim Sutherland of Athens, Georgia; Kurt VanDexter of Kingstown, Rhode Island; Krissi Vandenberg of Richmond, Virginia; Jennifer Vogel of San Marcos, Texas; Annie Warmke of Philo, Ohio; William Wright of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Jamie Zaplatosch of Chicago, Illinois. Visit to view member bios.

About the National Gardening Association

Founded in 1973, National Gardening Association (NGA) is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning, information-rich Web sites and newsletters; grants, curricula, and resources for youth gardens; and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to promote home, school, and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. To learn more about gardening with children, please visit


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