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May 10, 2013 - FREE ADMISSION 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Calling All Tree Huggers: National Public Gardens Day!
Over 700 nature-lovers will gather at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to try to break the world record for the largest tree hug.
WHAT: The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum plans on celebrating National Public Gardens Day like any good tree-hugger would - by wrapping its arms around a few trees.
On Friday, May 10, over 700 people will come to the Arboretum's Pillsbury Shade Tree Exhibit to break the existing world record for the largest tree hug.
The record - set in 2011 by a group of 702 people in the Delamere Forest of Cheshire, UK - will fall in honor of National Public Gardens Day. This annual event celebrates North America's more than 500 public gardens - like the Arboretum - and honors the vital role they play in promoting environmental education, awareness and stewardship.
In addition the eternal glory that comes with being a world record holder, tree huggers will also have free admission to the Arboretum's 1,100 acres of gardens and natural landscapes.
WHEN: Friday, May 10
- All day - National Public Gardens Day. Free admission to the Arboretum in honor of National Public Gardens Day. The Arboretum grounds are open to the public from
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- 12-1 p.m. - The Arboretum will attempt to break the current world record for the largest tree hug of 702 people set by the Forestry Commission (UK) in Delamere Forest in Cheshire, United Kingdom on September 11, 2011. The tree hug will be held at the Pillsbury Shade Tree Exhibit, which is located along Three-Mile Drive (Media should arrive before noon for set up).
WHERE: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, Minn. 55318.
*Media- please check in at the Visitor Center upon arrival and you will be escorted to the Shade Tree Exhibit. Broadcast trucks can be parked outside of Visitors Center.
- Interview Arboretum Director Ed Schneider
- Interview Pete Moe, Arboretum director of operations
- Photos of crowd taking part in tree hug
- Photos of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in full bloom
- Photos of families enjoying the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
ABOUT AMERICAN PUBLIC GARDENS ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1940, Pennsylvania-based American Public Gardens Association is an organization devoted to strengthening the public gardens throughout North America. With over 70 years of work increasing cooperation and awareness among the gardens, APGA has built a membership of more than 500 public gardens located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and seven other countries. Their members include public gardens as well as arboreta and zoos. APGA has also built up an international network of individual members in the U.S., Canada and 24 other countries. The APGA is committed to increasing public awareness for public gardens and supplying resources to the industry. Through their leadership and advocacy, public gardens have become vital to public appreciation and understanding of the irreplaceable value of plants. www.publicgardens.org
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patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird's philosophy called The Intelligent Use of Water ® is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities around the world. www.rainbird.com
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