Home Hardware Gardening Expert Mark Cullen, Sets Off On Cross-Country Tour

    Canada's best-known green thumb offers gardening expertise and product

    ST. JACOBS, ON, April 25 /CNW/ - This spring gardeners from across the
country will have the chance to see gardening expert and television
personality Mark Cullen, showcasing innovative, high-quality lawn and garden
products and delivering helpful suggestions and solutions to consumers.
    Home Hardware, in partnership with Mark Cullen, will host events at six
locations across Canada during the cross-country tour. Beginning on the west
coast and heading east, Cullen will offer the latest tips, trends and
techniques in lawn care and gardening, specific to each region's climate and
soil type.
    "When it comes to gardening the possibilities are endless, which can make
it both exciting and overwhelming at times." said Mark Cullen. "While everyone
has a vision of what they want, most of us need a little advice to pull it all
together - which plants to choose and how to get the most out of them.
Equipped with that knowledge, anyone can create their ideal outdoor space for
friends and family to enjoy."
    In addition to Cullen's presentation and the raffling off of several
prizes including a Mark's Choice wheelbarrow, one lucky winner at each event
will win a Yardman stainless steel lawnmower powered by a Honda engine.
Various Home Hardware suppliers will also be on hand with their displays
giving product demonstrations and answering consumer questions.
    Cullen is set to visit six locations across Canada from April through
June. The tour, which begins in St. Paul, Alberta, will visit: Trail, British
Columbia; London, Ontario; Peterborough, Ontario; Mount Pearl, Newfoundland;
and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. All proceeds from each event,
collected through in-store ticket sales, will be donated to various local and
national charities by Home Hardware Dealers in each community.
    "Home Hardware Dealers are thrilled to be involved with this year's tour
and look forward to helping their customers apply Mark's advice to their own
gardens," said Rob Wallace, Public Relations Manager, Home Hardware Stores
Limited. "Combining Mark's expertise and passion for gardening with the
top-quality products and services in our lawn and garden centres allows Home
Hardware stores to provide customers with everything they'll need for their
gardens this season."
    Home Hardware currently offers Mark's Choice, a line of premium lawn and
garden product developed exclusively for the retailer by Cullen. New products
have been rolled out for the 2007 gardening season and Cullen will feature
many of them throughout his tour.
    A complete list of tour dates, locations and additional information can
be found through Home Hardware's website at www.homehardware.ca or on Mark
Cullen's website at www.markcullen.com.

    About Mark Cullen
    Cullen has written numerous gardening books including A Greener Thumb,
The All Seasons Gardener and Canadian Garden Design. His newest book, A
Sandbox of a Different Kind, will be available in bookstores and Home Hardware
stores across the country this spring. Cullen also hosts a gardening show on
CFRB Radio and appears regularly on CTV's Canada AM where he shares his
enthusiasm for gardening with listeners and audiences. His popular television
program, HGTV's Mark Cullen Gardening, reaches over one million Canadians
every week and he will also begin co-hosting HGTV's Green Force this spring.

    About Home Hardware
    Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest independent hardware,
lumber and building materials and furniture retailer with more than 1,000
stores across Canada, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home
Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Dealers have access to
100,000 quality brand name and private label products and the company has
annual retail sales of $4.6 billion. The cooperative was founded on January 1,
1964 by 128 independent hardware Dealers.

For further information:

For further information: Nina Keitner at (416) 586-1908 or
nkeitner@national.ca; or Meredith Sjogren at (416) 848-1377 or

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