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For Immediate Release: May 1, 2013

Volunteers Celebrated with Volunteer Tribute Garden

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HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN                                                                   May 1, 2013
Contact:
Carol Casey
Director of Communications
(256) 830-4447 ext. 290
ccasey@hsvbg.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Volunteers Celebrated with Volunteer Tribute Garden
Ribbon Cutting May 4, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

The seed that sprouted to become Huntsville Botanical Garden was sown by volunteers 25 years ago. Fourteen founders, who had a vision for a world-class garden, are responsible for the first chapter in a story that is continually written each and every day by volunteers who share a love for the Garden and their community.

On May 4 at 11 a.m., we will celebrate the invincible spirit of volunteers as we cut the ribbon on the Volunteer Tribute Garden.

From the Galaxy crew that lights up the holidays to the Garden Guild that’s always part of what’s growing on, the Volunteer Tribute Garden will honor them.

The Volunteer Tribute Garden was designed by Harvey Cotten and Steve Kennamer and features flowers and plants chosen specifically to honor the volunteer spirit. Decorative 8”x8” pavers surrounding the medallion will include words, such as “Dream,” that pertain to the volunteer spirit unique to the Garden. Plaza Pavers in 8”x8” squares also surrounding the medallion will be available for engraving, as will bricks, suitable for naming opportunities. Two 5’ brick pathways, extending from either side of the plaza, will include recognition of special Garden volunteers, such as past Board Chairs and past Garden Guild Presidents. A stone seating area will give visitors an opportunity to rest and reflect within the garden. Plantings will include a variety of trees and shrubs including “Invincible Spirit” hydrangeas to honor the heart of volunteerism and rosemary shrubs, symbolizing remembrance of those who have served our Garden well.

Naming and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact the Advancement Office, at 256-830-4447, ext. 242.

Huntsville Botanical is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization run by only 26 employees and over 2600 active volunteers.  Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to dusk, and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Garden admission is free for members, and for non-members the standard rates are adults, $12, and children 3-18, $8. Children under 3 are free. For more information on Huntsville Botanical Garden, visit www.hsvbg.org or call Carol Casey at 256.830.4447 ext. 290. Huntsville Botanical Garden is located at 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville