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  • Subject: [cg] And Now, Ladies & Gentlemen COMMUNITY READING GARDENS
  • From: adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 08:41:31 -0500

Atlanta Opens at Wren's Nest

    ATLANTA, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta becomes home to an innovative,
new community reading garden.  Created as part of a national program,
Atlanta's reading garden debuts at Wren's Nest, historic register museum and
storytelling center of the South, 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta.
The dedication ceremony, open to the public, takes place at 10 AM, March 16.
Storytellers, green space experts, and local officials will be on hand.
Wren's Nest was home to famed 19th century author and journalist, Joel
Chandler Harris, editor of the Atlanta Constitution and creator of Brer
and Brer Fox tales.
    Atlanta is one of nine cities selected for creation of community reading
gardens by Troy-Bilt(R), a leader in lawn and garden equipment and a national
sponsor of the Keep America Beautiful(R)'s Great American Cleanup(TM)
    "Research finds that green space produces consistently positive impact of
less aggressive behavior, thus helping reduce violence," said William
Sullivan, professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sullivan conducted extensive
studies on the impact of nature in urban areas.  "A community reading garden
helps create positive effects.  There should be hundreds of thousands of
reading gardens all over the country," he said.
    "A community reading garden brings people together and improves the
environment," said Heidi Ketvertis of Troy-Bilt.  "Gardens can be enriching,
stress-free zones.  When the garden is devoted to reading, it adds the
of encouraging a love of books and learning."
    "Beautiful spaces create beautiful minds(C)," said Ketvertis. "The Wren's
Nest's backyard of rolling land lovingly renovated into a cross-generational
reading garden invites reading, storytelling and reflection with flowers,
plants, trees, bushes, benches, paths and other touches," she said.
    "Reading gardens are a beautiful, fresh way for communities to enjoy
spaces with lasting positive impact for children and adults," said Gail
Cunningham, vice president of Keep America Beautiful, and managing director
the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement
    To create the new community reading garden, the expert Troy-Bilt
Landscapes America(R) team designed the ideal green space and cleaned up the
site overall.
    The first community reading garden took root in hurricane-ravaged Biloxi,
Mississippi.  The Troy-Bilt team not only created a reading garden, but also
put the green back on the city's historic heartbeat, the Town Green.
    According to Ketvertis, in addition to Atlanta and Biloxi, community
reading gardens are scheduled this year for Charlotte, Louisville, Dallas,
Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore and New York City.
    To handle the wide range of garden chores needed to create idyllic
gardens, powerful, versatile Troy-Bilt(R) lawn and garden tractors that take
on attachments are used for everything from plowing and cultivating to
dirt and soil. Tillers prepare soil for new grass, flowers and plants.
    Gardening is America's number one pastime, reports the National Gardening
Association.  Community gardens are a growing trend, according to the
Community Gardening Association.
    "We want to grow the idea of reading gardens across the country," said
Ketvertis.  "Our aim is to inspire.  We want people to see a neglected plot
and envision a reading garden to improve the environment and lives."
    For more information on Troy-Bilt and the Troy-Bilt Landscapes America
program creating Reading Gardens across the country, visit
http://www.troybilt.com .
    A national sponsor of the Keep America Beautiful(R) Great American
Cleanup(TM) since 1999, Troy-Bilt is active in cleaning up and greening up
America.  For more information on Keep America Beautiful and the Great
American Cleanup, visit http://www.kab.org .

SOURCE Troy-Bilt
Web Site: http://www.troybilt.com http://www.kab.org

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