ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 15, 2010) – First Lady Katie O’Malley will celebrate National Gardening Month and Maryland Grow it Eat it Month by planting a food garden at Government House for the second consecutive year. Master Gardeners and youth apprentice gardeners and their families from Kinder Farm Park in Anne Arundel County will join the First Lady to plant the garden and refreshments made with items from the garden will be served. First Lady O’Malley will also announce the first ever Master Gardener/Government House Gardening Lecture Series to teach more Marylanders how to create their own backyard garden and grow their own food. The lecture series begin in May and will be held once a month through October.
First Lady O’Malley is partnering with University of Maryland Extension’s Home and Garden Information Center and Master Gardeners to promote the “Grow It Eat It, campaign” which encourages Maryland families to improve health and save money by growing fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs using sustainable practices. The campaign hopes to encourage 1 million Marylanders to produce their own affordable, healthy food. More information on the campaign and the University of Maryland’s Master Gardener program can be found at www.growit.umd.edu <http://www.growit.umd.edu/> .
Last year, Maryland became one of the first states, if not the first state in the nation, to have a backyard food garden at the Governor’s home. The vegetable garden sets a realistic example of what Maryland families can do in their own backyards.
The event will take place this SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Government House in Annapolis. _____________________________
WHAT: FIRST LADY KATIE O’MALLEY TO OPEN THIS YEAR’S “GROW IT EAT IT” GARDEN; ANNOUNCE NEW GARDENING LECTURE SERIES AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE
WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 2010
WHERE: Government House
110 State Circle