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the Project EverGreen

2008 Because
Green Matters Calendar Photography Contest

And Show Off
Developing Green Spaces

Could green spaces ever be
overexposed? Not according to national non-profit organization Project
EverGreen! Now in its second year, Project EverGreen’s Photography Contest is
seeking the best photos of all types of well-maintained green spaces–lawns,
landscapes, trees, gardens, parks, sports fields and golf courses–for
publication in its 2008 Because Green Matters Calendar.

"Let’s take a
look at the big picture – pun intended. We had more than 100 entries in our 2007
Calendar photography contest," said Den Gardner, executive director of Project
EverGreen. "We received photos of green spaces from every part of the spectrum,
from kids rolling on lawns to golfers enjoying a day on the green. We hope more
amateur photographers will enter in 2008 and take advantage of this opportunity
to see their work in print."

As Project EverGreen’s mission is to promote
the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of green spaces, each
submission will be judged on its exemplification of these characteristics.
is no entry fee or payment necessary to win. Winners will receive a $100 gift
certificate to a big box store.

The 2008 Because Green Matters Calendar
will be sold as a fund-raiser
. To download a contest entry form and complete
rules and regulations, please visit

Project EverGreen
Headquartered in New Prague, Minn., Project EverGreen is a
national non-profit organization representing green industry service providers,
associations, suppliers/distributors, media companies, other organizations and
individuals. Project EverGreen’s mission is to raise the awareness of the
environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of landscapes and promote the
significance of those who preserve and enhance green spaces at home, work and

Project EverGreen is conducting a national media campaign to
inform U.S. consumers on the positive
effects of well-maintained green spaces, including lawns and landscapes, sports
turf, golf courses and parks. Please go to for more

(End of Promotion.)

Now I did a little surfing on that site and want to just point out some results from their survey:


Highest areas of agreement in regards to how green space benefits the environment

  • A well-maintained landscape is essential to a clean environment – 95% agree
  • Proper landscaping reduces surface water runoff and soil erosion – 65% agree
  • Pesticides (herbicides, insecticides and fungicides) are a useful tool for fighting weeds, disease and insects – 65% agree
  • Green spaces create a better, safer environment – 60% agree, 35% disagree
  • Trees, shrubs and turfgrass remove smoke, dust and other pollutants from the air – 60% agree

Least agreement or knowledge pertaining to how green space helps air quality

  • Green space within a city helps regulate air quality – 55% agree; 45% disagree, don’t know or have no opinion


  • Notice how in using the survey results they seem to ascribe any and all benefits of "green spaces", "landscaping" and "trees" to "lawns," as though all chlorophyll is the same?
  • Is it kosher for a trade association/lobby group to promote itself as a "national nonprofit"?  Just asking.  (Notice who their directors are – folks from John Deere,
    Scotts, DowAgroSciences and their ilk.)


  1. Is there any way of getting the article about the Hobhouse garden other than paying for it? By the way it was published on July 26 so the link is only to today’s (4 August) paper

  2. Sorry about that. When I click on it the story is there, and I sure didn’t pay for it. Maybe you just need to register? I don’t think it’s legal for me to copy it into a post here.

  3. Sandra: you may already know this but when you get stopped from viewing a story, from the NYT or the Wash Post for example, try googling just a few keys words (ALICE RAWSTHORN and hobhouse). You’ll often find the story posted somewhere else. By googling just those terms just now I found another article by Rawsthorn published in the International Herald Tribune, and an interview or blog discussion on the subject. I don’t think I did anything illegal; just used Google, one of the wonders of the world.

  4. Hi Pam,
    Yes I went googling and came up with, which takes you right to the nitty gritty, complete with correspondence about the competition. What’s interesting is that this isn’t the first time the walled garden has been redesigned since Penelope Hobhouse’s redesign. Sandra and Nori Pope who ran the garden for some years changed things around and also wrote about it in a book.
    It’s a little like the Heronwood conundrum – should a garden be expected to remain the same when the original maker or a later gardener raises it to a notable state of excellence or are gardens like the plants they contain, however beautiful born to bloom and fade.

  5. THanks to Pam for solving the dilemma of the NYT firewall.
    Good point, Sandra. We gardeners know how much it takes to keep a garden going, so garden preservation isn’t just a nice idea, is it?

  6. Project(ed) EverGREEN… as in… projected green lining their pockets. More of the same hype the “green”(as in dollar bills) INDUSTRY boondoggles John&Jane Q. Public into buying(literally) into. I say… if the only time anyone is on it is when it’s being mowed, or applying chemicals, then it doesn’t deserve the soil it’s growing in. At least farmers alternate their crops. Ask any farmer what would happen if they left the same crop(like lawn grass)in the same field year in and year out. After they stopped laughing, they’d tell you it would be mighty high maintenance, expensive, and non-productive. I tip my hat to this expose along with so many others I have read here. I love you ranters.

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