Espoma and the National Gardening Association Announce Winner of the 2nd Annual Espoma Environmental Stewardship Retail Award

By Julie Parker-Dickerson

One retailer is selected to win an all expense paid trip to the Windy City for the Independent Garden Center Show.


Williston, Vermont, August 21st, 2013 – Espoma, a pioneer in natural gardening solutions since 1929, and the National Gardening Association (NGA) announced today the winner of the second annual Espoma Environmental Stewardship Retail Award.

Applications were received from garden retail centers across the United States, each demonstrating a dedication to ecologically friendly practices. One retailer was selected to win an all expense paid trip to the city of Chicago for the Independent Garden Center Show. This year's winning retailer is Tools for Change at The Ecology Center from San Juan Capistrano, California!

″Businesses can help improve our environment, from simple changes like decorative perennial plantings instead of annuals to larger efforts, including choosing to sell more environmentally friendly products,″ said Mike Metallo, president and CEO of National Gardening Association. ″We are delighted to support Espoma in the second year of this program to recognize independent garden retailers for their efforts to establish ecologically improved business operations.″

To find out more about The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, California visit their online store!

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 websites and newsletters; grants, curricula, and resources for youth gardens; and research for the lawn and garden industry. Our mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. To learn more about gardening with children, please visit

For the National Gardening Association
Michael Metallo
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