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April is National Garden Month® Celebrate with 10 Ways to be Green
Contact: Charlie Nardozzi
So. Burlington, VT (March 13, 2009) - National Gardening Association (NGA) wants you to dig into spring - National Garden Month® (NGM) 2009 is just one short month away! Our April storyline on 10 Ways to be Green builds enthusiasm for this month-long garden party each April.
Download the full story and a print-ready photo at www.garden.org/ngm.
With a tough economy and concerns about global warming, the environment, health and wellness, and a host of other issues, April is the perfect time to kick off some new habits that address these issues, while making your lifestyle more active and your community stronger. By focusing on your own yard and neighborhood, there are a number of simple things you can do to green up your lifestyle and the planet, starting today!
Charlie Nardozzi, senior horticulturalist at NGA, gives readers some helpful tips to live a greener lifestyle in the latest National Garden Month article. "When the economy sours, people turn to the garden. Consider growing some vegetables this spring in your yard. A few tomatoes, squashes, and cucumbers can produce pounds of vegetables for your kitchen," says Nardozzi. "You'll get fresh air, exercise, and a host of other benefits and save on your grocery bill!"
"Gardening has a host of benefits," says Mike Metallo, president of NGA. "It is a vehicle to enjoying numerous social, environmental, and healthy living experiences. Read Charlie's tips, and you'll quickly realize that gardening can help you fulfill a number of personal objectives in the areas of community, wellness, and the environment."
Everyone can find a tip to adopt in 10 Ways to Be Green. Suggestions range from growing food in containers, to joining a community garden, planting native trees, beautifying your neighborhood, composting, mulching, building a rain garden, and using gardening to nurture friendships.
Visit NGA's www.nationalgardenmonth.org for more great ideas on how to participate in National Garden Month this April.
In 2008, the number of people growing vegetables increased 10 percent over previous years. The National Gardening Association (NGA) anticipates that number will increase by 20 percent in 2009. Home vegetable gardens average 600 square feet in size. NGA estimates that a garden of this size can generate, on average, more than $600 of organic produce. Multiplied by the number of food gardeners in the country (36 million households), NGA estimates that American food gardeners are producing more than 21.6 billion dollars of produce a year.
The nonprofit National Gardening Association promotes gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. For 35 years, we have been leaders in plant-based education and garden-in...
by Charlie Nardozzi
The Gardens of Versailles are some of the most quintessential formal gardens in the world. Straight lines of ancient trees, well-trimmed hedges, and manicured lawns make up the bulk of these traditional gardens. You wouldn't expect them to be a hot bed of innovation, but chief gardener Alain Baraton is making a bold move and beginning to manage the gardens using an environmentally friendly approach.
With the changing global climate, problems are arising on the 2100-acre estate, such as poor fall leaf color on the chestnuts and increased insect activity due to warmer-than-usual winters. Baraton's solution is to work with, as opposed to against, nature. Since he began spraying less insecticide, he has noticed that more birds are coming back to the garden to feed on the plump aphids chewing on the chestnut tree leaves. To combat diseases, he is planting a diversity of tree species instead of all the same type. He is frowning on the old royal practice of importing exotic species of plants into the garden and is using mostly native plants.
Through his radio and television shows and in sharing information with the thousands of visitors to the garden each year, Baraton is starting his own French revolution touting the benefits of "green" gardening in this very traditional location.