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Project Updates (http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/nat_garden/ng_updates.html)

Title: The National Garden: Project Updates
Did you realize that our US Botanical Garden is being supported by "The Scott's Company"?  The Scott's Company is providing/$1 million dollars in support of The National Garden.  The conflict, however, is that Scott's produce/manufacture products which destroy the soil & in turn, harm our delicate ecosystem.  Rather than purpetuating the sale & manufacturing of such harmful products to "buy indulgences" via supporting The National Garden, we would all be much better off if they just ceased & desist.  If you are as appalled by this adultery as I am, please contact the Executive Director, Robert Hansen, fax (202) 225-7910.
Thank you for your time.
Peace Be With You,
Cyndy Ross, Chairperson
SLLC Organic Community Garden
Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church
2399 Figa Avenue
W. Bloomfield, MI 48324-1808
zone 6A
Project Overview
Environmental Learning Center
Rose Garden
Water Garden
Showcase Garden
The National Garden at the United States Botanic Garden
For Immediate Release
Contact: Robert Hansen, Executive Director
The National Fund 202/226-4083
Fax 202/225-7910


--National Garden to Bloom in Nation's Capitol Due to Founders' Support--

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 24, 1999 --- The National Garden, part of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), is set to bloom thanks to five founding sponsors, Ames Lawn and Garden Tools, The Heinz Family Foundation, Home & Garden Television, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, and The Scotts Company. Each company has pledged $1 million to sow the seeds of this new national landmark scheduled to open in the Spring of 2001.

The National Fund's Chairman, Mrs. Teresa Heinz said, "The National Garden will be an oasis of beauty, renewing this once vacant lot in the heart of our nation's Capital. It is nature's schoolyard where visitor's can admire the beauty, learn, study, discuss, debate and understand the relationship between plants, people and the environment." "The National Garden will be a welcome addition to the historic mall in Washington, D.C.," Robert Hansen, Executive Director, The National Fund said. "In fact, we expect 1.5 million visitors each year."

The National Garden will cost $10 million to build. All funding will be provided through private corporate sponsors. In addition to a $1 million contribution, Ames Lawn and Garden Tools, The Heinz Family Foundation, HGTV, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, and The Scotts Company will support the effort through marketing and merchandising programs designed to raise awareness about this new landmark at the 179-year-old USBG.

The three-acre National Garden will be located adjacent to the USBG Conservatory and house the Senator John Heinz Environmental Learning Center, The First Ladies Water Garden, a Showcase Garden, a preeminent Rose Garden and an amphitheater that features a spectacular view of the U.S. Capitol.

As the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the nation, the U.S. Botanic Garden has been an important and popular feature in Washington, D.C. since 1820. The U.S. Botanic Garden and its National Garden will provide a living museum promoting environmental education, beauty and enjoyment for millions of visitors throughout the year.

Ames Lawn and Garden Tools, with headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Parkersburg, WV, is the largest manufacturer and distributor of non-powered lawn and garden tools in North America, and the oldest continuing manufacturing business in the hardware/lawn and garden industry. Since its founding in 1774, Ames has become the world's largest manufacturer of shovels and a leading supplier of rakes, hose reels, pruners, shears, lawn carts and other quality lawn and garden tools for home and commercial use. The company, a division of U.S. Industries and part of the USI Hardware and Tools Business Unit, has recently increased its production capabilities and global influence with the acquisitions of Garant Inc. (Canada's leading producer of lawn/ garden tools), Woodings-Verona (striking tools), IXL Manufacturing Company (tool handles) and True Temper Hardware (garden tools and wheelbarrows). More information about the company can be found on the Ames web site at www.ames.com .

Home & Garden Television (HGTV), which is now distributed in more than 50 million U.S. households, is one of today's fastest growing television networks. It is the only network devoted to providing complete comprehensive information to inspire the home enthusiast from some of America's best homebuilders, decorators, gardeners and craft experts. HGTV is headquartered in Knoxville, TN with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit. Internationally, HGTV owns 33 percent of HGTV Canada and provides much of the network's daily programming. The network also can be seen in Japan and Australia. HGTV is wholly owned by The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP) which also operates Food Network.

Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse is the second largest retailer of home improvement products in the nation, serving over four million do-it-yourself retail and commercial business customers weekly through 479 stores in 26 states. Headquartered in North Wilkesboro, N.C., the 52-year-old company employs over 65,000 people. More information on the company is available on Lowe's web site at www.lowes.com.

The Scotts Company, founded in Marysville, Ohio in 1868, produces and markets products for lawn and garden care throughout the world. The company's industry-leading brands include Scotts, Miracle-Gro, Miracid, Ortho, Roundup, Hyponex, EarthGro, and Osmocate. In addition to the National Garden, Scotts' "Give Back to Grow" initiative supports community gardening activities such as Philadelphia Green and Plant a Row for the Hungry. More information on the Scotts Company is available at Scotts web site at www.scottscompany.com.

Ames | Heinz III Foundation | HGTV
Lowe's | Scotts
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