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Let There Be Azaleas Everywhere!

September 30, 2008

Congratulations, George Watts Montessori – you have just won 87 beautiful azalea bushes!

And thanks to the Grounds Committee for taking the initiative earlier this fall to write and submit a grant proposal to NC Beautiful on behalf of our school.  This week, we learned that George Watts Montessori was one of the winners!  Our request was for a total of 87 azaleas, mostly low growing species, with some medium height species, of various colors (mostly pink, white and purple).

The azaleas need to be picked up at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 4th, in Auburn, NC, off HWY 70, just past the 40/70 interchange.  Contact Grounds Chair Sabrina Lamar at sabrina.lamar@gmail.com if you can help carry the load!

These colorful bushes will be a beautiful addition to our grounds.  Look for them over the coming weeks and months.

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Here’s some information about NC Beautiful:

NC Beautiful is an organization that supports awareness, education and beautification efforts that affect our quality of life.  Since 1985, NC Beautiful has held an Annual Azalea Celebration, giving away azaleas to non-profit organizations with the goal of beautifying the community and introducing new and unusual varieties of azaleas.  The event was started by Capitol Broadcasting Company President and CEO, Jim Goodmon. The azaleas distributed for the celebration are taken exclusively from the WRAL-TV gardens developed by Alfred Johnston Fletcher, a prominent lawyer and business entrepreneur. In 1937, Fletcher applied for a 250-watt AM radio station, forming Capitol Broadcasting Company.

Applicants must represent a North Carolina non-profit organization in order to be eligible to apply. Only one completed application per non-profit will be accepted. Azaleas propagated for the Azalea Celebration are evergreen, available in one-gallon containers, and come in pink, white, red, lavender, lavender and white, and purple. Sizes range from a mature 10-year height of two to three feet to five feet.

“The goal of the Annual Azalea Celebration is not just to provide short-term beauty, but to establish an enhanced community appearance that can be shared and enjoyed for many, many years to come,” explains Vacendak. “Like NC Beautiful’s goal, our event is about promoting environmental stewardship and providing a hands-on experience in order to protect, preserve, and maintain our natural environment. The Annual Azalea Celebration is just one way for all of us to come together and become a part of preserving this wonderful place that we all call home.”

For more information about this grant program, see the NC Beautiful web site.

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