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April 2007: National Gardening Month

Posted by Ron Wolford -

National Garden Month (NGM) is one of many ways in which National Gardening Association promotes gardening. This annual celebration is a medium through which businesses, nonprofit organizations, communities, and individuals collectively promote gardening. Hundreds of local NGM-related programs and activities around the country each help to transform America into a greener, more livable place, where the act of nurturing plants can influence education, health and nutrition, community, and local food sources. It is this phenomenon that inspired the theme of NGM 2007, "When you Garden, you GROW" – an acknowledgment that gardening has a profound effect on quality of life for adults and children alike.

Each year, NGA hosts a major, celebratory kick-off event as part of National Garden Month. For the second consecutive year, we are partnering with New York City Parks and Recreation to present the 2007 NYC GROWS Garden Festival. This citywide celebration of gardening features free family-oriented activities and workshops offered by local and national organizations. For more information visit the About National Garden Month Web page.

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