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The Dallas Arboretum is planting a seed and asking North Texas youth to spread the message of National Public Gardens Day. Together with Rain Bird®, a manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), the Arboretum is sponsoring an essay contest for local 1st-8th graders aimed at exploring the various ways public gardens impact the community.
National Public Gardens Day is scheduled for May 10, and focuses on the importance of building sustainable environments through improved plant management and water conservation. The essay prompt, "Why is a Public Garden, like the Dallas Arboretum, Important for Dallas," will target three groups: 1st – 3rd graders, 4th – 6th graders and 7th – 8th graders.
One winner from each group will be chosen. The winning students will receive 20 passes to the Dallas Arboretum for their family and friends; a sprinkler system dedicated to their school from Rain Bird, for use in their own school garden, or a mutually agreeable public garden of their choosing; and recognition during an award ceremony at the Dallas Arboretum on May 10.
"Our mission has always been to build and maintain a public garden and arboretum which promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research," said Mary Brinegar, President and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum. "We are pleased to be among botanical gardens nationwide celebrating a commitment to education, research and environmental stewardship vital to people's appreciation and understanding of the irreplaceable value of plants."
"National Public Gardens Day will showcase the achievements and expertise provided by public gardens," said Casey Sclar, Executive Director of the APGA. "Public gardens play an increasingly important role in educating present and future generations while providing a low-cost, entertaining, and beautiful community." he added.
To submit an essay, students should visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/essaycontest and fill out the attached form. The 1st – 3rd graders are being asked to submit an essay of 50 words with a drawing, while 4th – 6th graders may submit a 100-word essay, and 7th-8th graders can submit a 250-word essay. Illustrations may also be included. Essays must be submitted online or by mail by 5 p.m. April 30.
Source: The Dallas Arboretum