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Gardening news, notes and trivia for this week.
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Endless Summer hydrangea sweepstakes

The breeders of Endless Summer Hydrangeas—who took the confusion out of pruning mophead hydrangeas—are running a sweepstakes from now through May 17, 2010, in celebration of Mother's Day. The winner will receive a $500 gift certificate for use at a spa. A runner-up will receive a $100 gift certificate to a spa. (The prizes are redeemable through No purchase necessary, and you don't have to be a mom to enter. You don't even have to give the prize to a mom. (Though that would be a nice thing to do!) Read the details and enter.

TurfMutt science curriculum launches this week

Weekly Reader and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute have teamed up to furnish grammar schools nationwide with educational materials about the importance of green spaces. The science-based curriculum, dubbed TurfMutt, teaches students about how plants and gardens can absorb carbon dioxide, release oxygen, cool the air, control dust, reduce erosion and filter water. It uses experiments, worksheets and a Web game to teach the kids. The face of the program is a real rescue dog, Lucky, who turns into TurfMutt, a caped crusader who champions creating and caring for green spaces in a responsible way. See more at

Bayer Advanced enters the organic market

Bayer Advanced, one of the leading lawn and garden brands in the United States, is introducing Natria, a line of pesticides and herbicides made with naturally derived, non-synthetic active ingredients. Three of the products in the 6-product line are labeled "For Organic Gardening." Natria wil be available at Lowe's stores nationwide. For more info see