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  • April is National Garden Month!
    many like minded gardening organizations come together under one roof and all to demonstrate the value and importance of plants to our quality of life This year s National Garden Month theme is Give a Garden which advocates sharing the benefits of gardening with others There are five areas of emphasis loosely structured within this theme to allow for the possibility of multiple program strands within it The breath and depth of these five areas provide participating organizations easy alignment of their causes under the Give a Garden National Garden Month Banner The five core message areas are 1 Plant Based Education Give a Garden Cultivate Education This category addresses all K 12 educational opportunities using plants as a vehicle for learning 2 Community Development Give a Garden Grow a Community Initiatives in this category are designed to foster gardening programs that are community driven 3 Health and Wellness Give a Garden For Healthy Living This category encourages programs that use plants as a means to address matters of health wellness and nutrition 4 Environmental Stewardship Give a Garden Build A Better Tomorrow This core area addresses key environmental issues on responsible lawn and garden care 5 Home Gardening Give

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    elaborate as planting a garden at a local public park The opportunity for making a difference through gardening is as wide as your imagination The call to action is going out to individuals schools garden centers and businesses everywhere During National Garden Month 2005 NGA is asking that schools participate in Give a Garden To support their efforts NGA is creating a Give a Garden Teacher s Kit sponsored by Dole and Weekly Reader The kit will include a 4 color poster featuring nutrition and gardening related activities for use in classrooms To help Garden Centers get in the Give a Garden swing NGA has developed step by step outlines for several workshops garden retailers can offer to their customers This information will be available at www garden org Garden centers can also order free promotional materials to draw customers including a National Garden Month banner step by step container gardening recipe and an offer of free NGA membership The campaign is very accessible to home gardeners too anyone can take up a trowel and offer the vitality and beauty of plants to another NGA encourages individuals to give a plant to a friend or neighbor start a Give a Garden campaign in communities or to become active with an existing beautification or garden education project National Garden Month 2005 partner organizations including America in Bloom The American Community Gardening Association The American Horticultural Society and many others have existing projects that welcome volunteer participation You can learn more about all National Garden Month partners at www garden org Home gardeners can also visit the site to learn about Earth friendly gardening practices The Scotts Company s Miracle Gro Nursery Select Subaru of America Inc Black Decker Proven Winners and Hilton Garden Inn are sponsoring National Garden Month 2005 When

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    for us to kick start spring in Missouri Our customers suffer from the winter blues so our activities and workshops get great attention and enthusiasm from a crowd ready to spend time outdoors We hold specials every week free seminars as well as kid s club activities such as classes on making stepping stones for the garden and on terrarium planting To promote early gardening we held container garden workshops every Sat during the month of April Gloria Day garden writer landscape designer and owner of Pretty Dirty Ladies Inc whose personal mission is to enhance other people s lives through gardening feels so strongly about National Garden Month that she downloaded the National Garden Month proclamation from www nationalgardenmonth org and had it signed by Thomas McMahon Mayor of Reading PA Ron Afflerbach Mayor of Allentown PA and Governor Edward Rudell thereby establishing National Garden Month as a time to celebrate throughout Pennsylvania Corporations are also doing their part to help spread the word about National Garden Month Ball Horticultural donated 50 000 National Garden Month seed packets to Green Guerillas an advocacy group and a vital resource center for New York City s network of more than 700 grassroots community gardening groups Green Guerilla volunteers distributed them throughout the boroughs of NYC The Scotts Company to clearly demonstrate their dedication to a beautiful world celebrated National Garden Month by mobilizing employees to create one hundred container gardens and share them with people in local retirement organizations throughout central Ohio home to Scotts headquarters who are unable to garden themselves a great way to give back to communities while celebrating the power of gardening National Garden Month would not be possible without the support of its sponsors We would like to thank founding sponsor Simply Beautiful a consumer focused

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    lawn and garden sales have increased at a compound annual growth rate of 5 From 1998 2003 lawn and garden sales increased from 30 2 billion in 1998 to 38 4 billion in 2003 Lawn and Garden Consumer Demographics The most important consumers of lawn and garden products last year were men people 45 years of age and older college graduates households with no children at home people employed full time households in the Northeast South and West married households 3 4 person households and households with annual incomes over 75 000 Lawn and Garden Product Movement The number of households that purchased each category of lawn and garden products in 2003 were as follows Product Millions of Households Product Millions of Households Indoor Houseplants Supplies 58 Foral Products 50 Nursery Products 55 Watering Equipment 50 Seeds Bulbs 55 Garden Tools 44 Wild Bird Pet Products 55 Plant Containers 30 Soil Amendments Mulch 55 Outdoor Power Equipment 30 Outdoor Fertilizer 55 Food Preservation 27 Outdoor Living Barbecue 53 Lawn Care Landscape 24 Insect Controls Chemicals 51 Gardening Information 19 Lawn and Garden Retail Outlets The number of households that purchased lawn and garden products at retail outlets and by mail order in 2003 Retail Outlet Millions of Households Retail Outlet Millions of Households Home Center 45 Supermarket Drug Store 16 Garden Center 36 Feed Seed Store 10 Mass Merchandiser 34 Mail Order Internet 6 Hardware Store 25 The National Gardening Association is a well known and widely recognized authority on the consumer lawn and garden market in the U S Since 1973 NGA has worked with the Gallup Organization and now with Harris Interactive Inc to provide market research information for the lawn garden and nursery industries Bruce Butterfield has been the Market Research Director at the National Gardening Association

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    of school gardens and experiential learning One of the core principles of NGA is the belief that gardening promotes responsible earth stewardship says President Valerie Kelsey Through this partnership we plan to develop exemplary materials and programs to help students gain an understanding of natural systems as well as the skills and dispositions to be responsible environmental stewards and decision makers For more than 30 years the nonprofit National Gardening Association has been recognized as a national leader in garden based education with programs such as Youth Garden Grants that provide support for school gardens and GrowLab indoor growing system and curriculum for classrooms NGA helps gardeners of all ages through its Web sites www garden org for general gardeners and www kidsgardening com for educators Slow Food USA the US branch of Slow Food International is dedicated to stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production including protection of biodiversity revival of the kitchen and table as centers of pleasure culture and community and the invigoration and proliferation of regional seasonal culinary traditions The Slow Food in Schools program encourages an environment where children can come together through the ritual of the table and appreciate the beauty of

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    sponsors educational programs publishes American Gardener magazine and garden books and has helped gardeners gauge their climates by publishing the Heat Zone Map and working with the USDA to update the Cold Hardiness Map http www ahs org index html Green Guerillas This advocacy group and resource center supports New York City s community gardening groups Through a unique mix of outreach organizing and advocacy Green Guerillas provides a comprehensive array of services to more than 300 groups each year http www greenguerillas org National Wildlife Federation National Wildlife Federation NWF focuses on issues of land stewardship water resources and wildlife conservation at the global national and regional level NWF has been connecting people to nature in their own backyards and communities for over 30 years Through the Backyard Wildlife Habitat program NWF provides people with information and ideas on how to restore a bit of a natural ecosystem by gardening for wildlife http www nwf org Plant a Row for the Hungry Plant a Row for the Hungry PAR a public service campaign of the Garden Writers Association is rooted in the tradition of sharing a bountiful harvest with others During the past 9 years PAR volunteers in 48 states and Canada have provided over 6 2 million pounds of produce to those in need http www gwaa org par Remember Me Rose Gardens Founded by President Sue Casey after the 9 11 terrorist attacks the goal of Remember Me Rose Gardens is to create three gardens one each in New York City Washington D C and Pennsylvania on or near the sites of each attack to commemorate those who lost their lives http www remember me rose org involvement html Slow Food Slow Food USA the US branch of Slow Food International is dedicated to stewardship of the

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    emotional pain due to losing her gardens has been equally difficult Her saving grace was finding the Cancer Lifeline Center in Seattle This nonprofit organization provides support groups classes and activities aimed at optimizing the quality of life for cancer victims and their families Gie s Gardens Gie enthusiastically pursued the idea of creating gardens at the Center In 2000 with the help of local volunteers college students and professors from the University of Washington the Center constructed three raised beds Staff and patients were involved in the design process which reflected the need to create a natural place for healing and communing with nature From the beginning Gie drew from her years as a landscaper to offer plant suggestions and advice It was bittersweet though because she realized she could no longer physically do the work she loved But over time the three gardens measuring about 3 500 square feet became her oasis helping her rediscover her joy and love of plants The area includes The Celebration Garden an herb and kitchen garden near the lunch room where patients and staff can harvest fresh greens and herbs for cooking There s a Reflection Garden featuring a quiet nook enclosed with bamboo containing benches and even a heater for keeping warm in winter It s a place Gie often goes to write poetry or sketch the plants The Earth and Sky Garden includes a large space with a fountain and is planted with annual and perennial flowers and shrubs There s a healing circle where people go to paint or draw or take workshops that Gie has sometimes facilitated Gie now spends hours working in these specially designed raised beds that allow her to garden without bending over But often she just sits and enjoys the peace Rain or shine she s out there 3 to 4 times a week The gardens center me when I m stressed It s like a meditation for me I can get lost in them Gie says They ve given back to me something that was lost Remember Me Rose Gardens The concept for another group of healing gardens also sprouted in the Pacific Northwest but the gardens themselves will grow on the other side of the country In the weeks following the attacks of September 11 2001 Sue Casey of Portland Oregon was struggling to find a way that she could help with the process rebuilding and healing Being from the City of Roses it wasn t long before she received inspiration from the blooms that surrounded her and Remember Me Rose Gardens were conceived Sue is spearheading this effort to plant roses gardens at each of the 9 11 crash sites New York Washington DC and Stonycreek Township Pennsylvania Each garden will be home to more than 3 000 roses one for each victim of the attacks along with plants native to each region Families of victims survivors of the tragedy anyone who was touched by the attacks can come to these

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  • April is National Garden Month!
    a personal reason for getting involved with the youth detention facility My half brother spent many years in prison and I thought that if he had had a garden perhaps he would have felt better about himself and not have been in prison so long Kristen says Her Help Others to Help Yourself prison garden program has been so popular in Canton that the State of Ohio has initiated a gardening program in all 12 state youth detention centers In 2002 the gardens donated more than 2 500 pounds of produce to local food shelves Kristen s good works have not gone unnoticed She was a finalist in the Scotts Company s Give Back to Grow Awards has received many local awards and in 2001 she was chosen a winner of President Bush s Community Volunteer Service Award In 2003 she received the Garden Writers Association s Plant A Row Star Gardener award Plant A Row Programs like Kristen s are being replicated across the country through Plant a Row for the Hungry PAR This public service campaign of the Garden Writers Association is rooted in the tradition of sharing a bountiful harvest with others Over the past 9 years PAR volunteers in 48 states and Canada have provided over 6 2 million pounds of produce to local food shelves PAR provides coaching and direction to local organizers and coordinators as well as how to information communications tools and coordination of local food collection systems PAR helps home gardeners school and church groups community organizations and businesses get started gardening for others One shining example is what employees at Fafard Incorporated are doing in their local community Fafard is a supplier of potting mixes horticultural soils and bark mulch They sponsor PAR by providing the markers that identify PAR gardens

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