New Online Community for Gardening Newbies, Enthusiasts and Everyone in Between Launches at TheGardenGeek.com

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Community site allows users to participate in discussions, post photos, share information, ask questions and commune with other gardeners

We're excited to launch The Garden Geek right before National Community Gardening Week, and support the government's efforts to bring gardening to the forefront of people's minds

TheGardenGeek.com, a new online community for people passionate about gardening, launches today. The site is designed to help connect anyone with an established or emerging green thumb with like-minded individuals in their neighborhoods, around the country or world, and to give them an easy way to help each other and share personal experiences with planting and growing.

According to Founder and Chief Garden Geek Patrick Albin, "Ten million people in the U.S. took up gardening in the past year, a sign that more and more people are taking gardening seriously as they learn about the many benefits of 'growing their own' - be it flowers or vegetables. Not only do gardens provide health, economic and environmental benefits for our daily living, but the aesthetic value and peace of mind they offer help people find calm and serenity in their typically stressful, chaotic lives. And with our First Lady leading the charge with the White House's first food-producing garden since Eleanor Roosevelt's World War II Victory Garden, gardening will become a bigger focus in the years ahead."

Last week Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared August 23-29 National Community Gardening Week as a way to encourage more Americans to connect with the land, the food it grows and their local communities. "We're excited to launch The Garden Geek right before National Community Gardening Week, and support the government's efforts to bring gardening to the forefront of people's minds," said Albin.

The Garden Geek is a site where people with an interest in gardening - novices or horticultural experts, window box gardeners or backyard farmers - can connect with one another, share tips and ideas, get advice and meet other gardeners around the country. "Our mission is to help people understand that gardening is for anyone and with it comes a greater awareness of healthful living," said Albin.

An Online Community with Local Content

Membership to The Garden Geek is free and available to anyone with an Internet connection. When users register with the site they can create a personal profile with their zip code so that localized content can be served, including weather information and upcoming gardening events in the area. Additionally, they can easily connect with other gardeners in the cities and towns where they live, and even join or start local gardening groups.

The Garden Geek's ability to offer localized content will also benefit businesses that advertise on the site as they'll be able to determine what geographic regions their ads should appear in. Advertisements on The Garden Geek will be supported by a self-service, three-tiered advertising model whereby businesses can upload their own ads, specify a period of time for their ad to run and also determine what members they want their ads to be shown to - be it on a local, regional or national level.

"The only real requirement we have for any company wishing to advertise on our site is that their business or their campaign is relevant to the topic of gardening," said Albin.

Anyone interested in joining The Garden Geek online community can register for free at http://www.thegardengeek.com. Once registered with the site, members can create a personal profile, upload details and photos about their current, previous or planned gardening projects and participate in online discussions. They can also add information and photos about plants to the user-generated Plant Wiki, find other members to connect with and share information and inspire each other.

About The Garden Geek
The Garden Geek is an advertising-supported free online community for anyone with a growing interest or full-bloom passion for gardening. From newbie gardeners to experienced botanists to expert planters and growers, The Garden Geek is a place where people can connect with one another, share tips and information and help make the world a little greener. The Garden Geek is based in Oakland, California, and was founded in 2007. More information is available at http://www.thegardengeek.com, or by following the site's Twitter page at http://www.twitter.com/thegardengeek.

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