Endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society

Koch Media, a leading distributor of entertainment software, today announces the release of a brand new gardening guide endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society. Developed and Published by Mindscape, Gardening Guide – How To Get Green Fingers, will be available on Nintendo DS from 14th August 2009.

More of a guide than a game, Gardening Guide – How To Get Green Fingers will appeal to keen gardeners and novices as they embark on creating their perfect virtual garden. The guide can be used in two ways – as a tool for planning what to do with a real life garden – and also for anyone wanting to grow a garden without the need for outdoor space.

Gardening Guide – How To Get Green Fingers features an encyclopaedia of over 400 popular and commonly grown plants selected for inclusion by horticultural experts. Users can look-up different varieties and get handy tips on how and where the different plants can be grown.

Paul, the virtual gardener, will help the player throughout the game – from the first time they launch the game and enter the tutorial – to every time the user turns on the guide and Paul welcomes them with new advice about a plant or a gardening quiz.

The guide includes a calendar which will remind the user of tasks they need to complete in order to make the most of their garden, and will give of update on seasonal changes to take in to account. The calendar can also be manually changed should they use to add their own tasks and reminders.

Achille Coenegracht, International Marketing Director from Mindscape comments: “We are very proud of this unique gardening guide for the Nintendo DS, which has been made in association with the absolute gardening authority in the UK: the Royal Horticultural Society. For the first time ever, gardening lovers can now enjoy a unique moment of green entertainment anywhere and anytime on their Nintendo DS.”

Guy Barter, from the Royal Horticultural Society, commented, “This is a funky and fun guide to gardening basics, just right for beginner and younger gardeners, and it will amuse all gardeners. It is like having a gardening friend in your pocket offering help and tips on how to care for your plants and reminding you what you should be doing at different times of year.’