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The Gardener Guy™ Paul James Appears In New Broadcast PSA
Supporting Public Gardens

Public Service Announcement Encourages Viewers To Take Part In Activities And Support Their Local Garden On National Public Gardens Day 2012

AZUSA, CALIF. - (March 1, 2012) – In support of National Public Gardens Day, May 11, 2012, 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.

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.

Now in its fourth year celebrating North America’s public gardens, National Public Gardens Day is a national day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn about the important role their public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education. Scheduled for May 11, 2012, the Friday before Mother’s Day weekend, National Public Gardens Day was created in partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and irrigation product and service provider Rain Bird. 

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

For more information on National Public Gardens Day, visit, “LIKE” the National Public Gardens Day Facebook page and follow the National Public Gardens Day Twitter feed, @NPGD.

Founded in 1940, Pennsylvania-based American Public Gardens Association is an organization devoted to strengthening the public gardens throughout North America. With over 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.

Headquartered in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. From simple beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird now offers the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes, available in more than 130 countries. Rain Bird has been awarded over 450 patents worldwide, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird’s philosophy called 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 facilities around the world.

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