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NEW BROADCAST TV PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT CELEBRATES THE ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP OF PUBLIC GARDENS IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY 2010

Free Public Service Announcement, Featuring The Gardener Guy™ Paul James, Calls Attention To The Important Role Public Gardens Play in The Community

AZUSA, CA (March 10, 2010) – In support of the second annual National Public Gardens Day, the American Public Gardens Association has released a broadcast public service announcement featuring master gardener Paul James, host of HGTV’s Gardening By The Yard. National Public Gardens Day is a day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn about the important role that public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness,

The Public Service Announcement is produced in partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), a non-profit organization devoted to strengthening American public gardens and Rain Bird, a leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products. The 30-second broadcast PSA spotlights the role public gardens play in plant and water conservation while calling attention to the wealth of information that is available to viewers at their local public gardens. The PSA is close-captioned and intended to play during the weeks leading up to National Public Gardens Day.

Scheduled for May 7th, 2010, the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend, National Public Gardens Day is a national day of awareness in which the public is invited to learn about the important role their public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education.

“There are so many great public gardens across the nation and each is a great source of inspiration and knowledge for homeowners to apply to their own residential landscapes,” said Paul James. “It is important to recognize that most public gardens are more than just beautiful places to spend a Sunday afternoon. They also play an important role in the advancement of environmental stewardship, education and plant and water conservation within the communities they serve.”

Created in partnership between the American Public Gardens Association and irrigation product and service provider Rain Bird, National Public Gardens Day will showcase the contributions of public gardens with special events and activities for schools, families and thousands of visitors at many of the more than 500 North American public gardens.

Become a fan of National Public Gardens Day on Facebook and follow the National Public Gardens Day Twitter feed, @NPGD.

To order a free copy of the National Public Gardens Day PSA please contact Mark Havenner at 310-556-4443 or via e-mail at mhavenner@ppmgcorp.com.

ABOUT RAIN BIRD CORPORATION

Based in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Since its beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird has offered the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world. Rain Bird has been awarded more than 130 patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird and The Intelligent Use of Water is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing assembly facilities in the United States, France, Sweden and Mexico. www.rainbird.com

ABOUT APGA

Founded in 1940, Pennsylvania-based American Public Gardens Association is an organization devoted to strengthening the public gardens throughout North America. With nearly 70 years of work increasing cooperation and awareness among the gardens, APGA has built a membership of more than 500 public gardens located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and seven other countries. Their members include public gardens as well as arboreta and zoos. APGA has also built up an international network of individual members in the U.S., Canada and 24 other countries. The APGA is committed to increasing public awareness for public gardens and supplying resources to the industry. Through their leadership and advocacy, public gardens have become vital to public appreciation and understanding of the irreplaceable value of plants. http://www.publicgardens.org

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