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Gardening news, notes and trivia for this week.
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Delaware Center for Horticulture wins award

The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH), based in Wilmington, Del., recently won the Founders Fund Award from the Garden Club of America, for its urban farm project. The DCH urban farm sits on 8 previously empty lots in Wilmington, in an neighborhood where fresh produce is generally not available. A system of 35 raised beds provides fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs that is sold at affordable prices to local residents. Some of the beds are also used by local families to grow their own food. The Founders Fund Award, which is decided by a nationwide vote among garden club members, includes a $25,000 prize, which the DCH plans to use to expand the urban farm. One goal is to build a hoop house that will extend the growing season. Check out the urban farm blog at

American Farmland Trust's contest promotes Farmers Markets

American Farmland Trust kicked off an online contest June 1, called America's Favorite Farmers Markets. The contest aims to increase awareness and appreciation of farmers markets and the local farms and farmers that stock them. Market managers can register to join the free contest, and market shoppers can show their support and vote, at

TruGreen and Lowe's sweepstakes offers $30,000 yard makeover

TruGreen is running a sweepstakes in which one grand-prize winner will receive a $30,000 gift card to Lowe's to build your dream backyard. Entrants also have the chance for $500 Lowe's cards, handed out weekly, and 50 first-prize winners will get a $1,000 gift card. Read the rules and enter at

Fiskars Project Orange Thumb 2010 makeovers are underway

The second of 3 garden makeovers by Fiskars Project Orange Thumb takes place this week in Columbus, Ohio. (The others are Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, B.C.) During a makeover, Fiskars partners with The Home Depot Foundation (Canadian Tire Corporation in Vancouver, BC) and community leaders to build and plant a food-yielding garden in a community of need. The festive, one-day celebration and beautification project includes the donation of Fiskars tools, gardening materials, seedlings and start-up plants.

In addition to 2010 makeovers, Fiskars has awarded over $40,000 in grants to 20 gardening groups across the U.S. and Canada who each received $1,000 in the latest garden tools and $1,000 in cash for the purchase of green goods. For more info see

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