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February 08, 2011


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Not much choice between Target and the Scott's Miracle Grow Co (former owner). And there's really no guarantee of the original quality.


PS it would be really nice if the Target rep would read this and respond here. Potential customers want to know what Target would have to say on the matter...


I stay away from Target for that reason. Thanks for spreading the word. Not even Smith & Hawken goodies can tempt me.


I don't care what Target carries, I can't shop at a place that promotes discrimination. Too bad, I love my S & H garden fork.

Ted Kozlowski

Hey Valerie,

Just wanted to say I really enjoy your blogs, and was shocked by the Anti Gay political contributions. I am telling my friends and family as well because that is not acceptable..by any means..Thanks for the heads up.

One angry gay gardener!!

valerie Easton

Hi Loree,
Check out the Huffington Post article about Target's anti-gay donations here: www.huffingtonpost.com/.../target-homophobia-ceo-gre_n_660990.html
Or if you just Google "Target anti-gay political contributions" you'll find the whole hateful story.

Garding tips

Gardning is one of my favorite free time work... I think you have given me a right article.. The pictures are really wonderful and thanks for the great article...http://www.vivamagonline.com/index.php Good job!!!

Loree / danger garden

Wait? Are you serious? Target is anti-gay rights? Are they stupid? Really? So so sad....I had no idea.


You tell 'em, sisterwoman! I've got your back.

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