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With Support from Local Volunteers, QBG Prepares for Opening of New ‘Intergenerational Garden’
 

                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                

CONTACT:    
Maureen Regan – Queens Botanical Garden
mregan@queensbotanical.org

Flushing, NY – March 30, 2012 – Starting April 21st, Queens Botanical Garden will invite local gardening enthusiasts to cultivate their own plots in its new Intergenerational Garden. The enclosure is open to residents of all ages and will be available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am to 12noon, throughout the spring and summer months.

The enclosure, formerly known as the Senior Garden, has long been a resource to the Queens community. For experienced gardeners like local resident Delana Kaalund, it has provided a rare opportunity to grow fresh vegetables in an urban environment. “It’s calming, almost like meditation,” says Ms. Kaalund, now one of the new garden’s superintendents. “It’s nice to watch the plants come up and get organic vegetables.” Ms. Kaalund has had a plot in the enclosure for 7 years and looks forward to continuing the garden’s recent support of Macedonia AME Church – donations of fresh vegetables for local families in need.

Now welcoming all age groups, the new garden’s move toward greater inclusion and neighborhood participation has been met with wide community support. Local food pantries and service organizations such as TimeBanksNYC have helped the new garden recruit volunteers for its preliminary cleanup effort from all over the Queens area. “Our gardeners and volunteers are as diverse as one can get in NYC,” says Intergenerational Garden Coordinator Maureen Regan. “From Woodhaven, South Ozone Park to Flushing and Whitestone, all work together to become good stewards of the environment, raise awareness of hunger in the community and learn from each other.”

Applicants interested in plots in the Intergenerational Garden are invited to an open house from 10am to 2pm at Queens Botanical Garden on Saturday April 14th. Plots are ideally suited to experienced, motivated gardeners and will require modest fees for supplies and maintenance. For more information about the Intergenerational Garden or the April 14th open house, please email mregan@queensbotanical.org.

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