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Fiskars® Encourages Community Gardening

2008 Project Orange ThumbSM Program Inspires Creative Expression
by Fiskars
February 1, 2009

Over the past six years Project Orange Thumb grants have provided community gardening groups with the tools to help create gardens that provide food to their local shelves, horticultural education to young gardeners, a place of peace, a place of beauty and most importantly it provides to the gardeners and their communities a sense of achievement and pride.

These are just some examples of how communities benefit and how hundreds of lives are enriched with funds from Fiskars® Project Orange Thumb. Started in 2003, the project has awarded more than 100 community groups with over $300,000 for their gardens.

This year, the program has really blossomed! The number of grants has almost doubled, and—for the first time—grants are also available in Canada, Australia and New Zealand! Beginning November 3rd, community groups, schools, churches and other community focused organizations can apply online for the 2009 crop of grants.

Twenty grant recipients within the U. S. and Canada and four within Australia and New Zealand will receive up to $2,300 in tools and gardening-related materials. The application deadline is February 17, 2009; recipients will be notified of their grant by March 25, 2009.

So dig into this opportunity with a simple click: the online application is available at , any questions can be directed to .

Grant recipients from past years have illustrated the many possibilities that these projects explore. They include a community rain garden, rejuvenating a community park, an arts center's use of flowers as a source of inspiration and a church-group garden that serves as a sanctuary for contemplation in a troubled community. To see what is going on in these gardens and others visit .

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Marking our 7th successful year in 2009, Project Orange Thumb has provided over 100 community groups with over $300,000 to create and develop their own special community gardens. These included garden projects geared toward community involvement, neighborhood beautification, sustainable agriculture and/or horticultural education.

Founded in 1649, Fiskars is a leading supplier of branded consumer goods. Fiskars business areas are: Garden, Homeware, Craft, Outdoor Recreation, Inha Works, and the Real Estate Group. Fiskars shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd and employs more than 4,500 people world-wide.

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