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Virginia Tech to plant an America's Anniversary Garden at Burruss Hall on May 12


BLACKSBURG, Va., May 9, 2006 – Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Virginia Cooperative Extension will be commemorating the nation's 400th anniversary with an America’s Anniversary Garden in front of Burruss Hall on Friday, May 12 at 10 a.m.

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger and Sharron Quisenberry, dean of the College of Agriculture, will be present to dedicate the garden as part of a planting ceremony. The garden will feature a combination of red, white, and blue annuals and perennials as well as a variety of woody plants.

The America’s Anniversary Garden Project was developed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and faculty in the Department of Horticulture to help individuals, communities, and groups mark America's 400th Anniversary with a signature garden planting.

The project features publications on how to plant landscapes in public spaces, such as roadside corridors and around municipal buildings, as well as around homes and businesses. Plans for a container garden are also included. In addition to engaging gardening enthusiasts in commemorating the nation's 400th anniversary, the project, which is supported by a grant from the Jamestown 2007 Foundation, will also give a boost to the green industry in the commonwealth.

See the America’s Anniversary Garden project website for more information.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. For more information, contact Lori Greiner at (540) 231-5863.

Parking Directions: Free parking is available around the Drillfield and off Perry Street (Lot 2) near Prices Fork Road. For parking information, visit http://facilities.vt.edu/ot/parking.asp or call (540) 231-3200.