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Health Drive’s community garden is a winner of the 29th Annual Azalea Celebration

6-Azalea-planting2Monarch’s day program in New Bern receives 50 azalea plants for community garden

The Monarch Ability Garden Integrating Community and Land (M.A.G.I.C.A.L.) project was recently selected by NC Beautiful, WRAL-TV5 and Capitol Broadcasting to receive a prize of 50 azaleas.

The award is part of NC Beautiful’s 29th annual Azalea Celebration, which rewards North Carolina groups and organizations for improving their communities through creative landscape projects.

The M.A.G.I.C.A.L. initiative is located at Monarch’s Health Drive day program, which provides service and support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Bern. The program serves approximately 60 people and was created as a place to promote sustainable gardening, community engagement, healthy habits, and increased physical activity for people with disabilities and citizens of Craven County.

“We are so grateful with the awarding of these plants which will provide further enhancement of the beautiful and tranquil setting at the garden, where people are encouraged to visit and integrate with the people we support, creating meaningful new relationships,” said Eileen Bress, volunteer and community coordinator.

The plants from the Azalea Celebration will complement the garden by providing year-round greenery for the arbor walkway and other locations at the site.

The annual Azalea Celebration, developed and administered by NC Beautiful and sponsored by WRAL-TV5 and Mix 101.5 Radio, in Raleigh, has awarded more than 230 plants to approximately 3,500 non-profits in its 29-year history. For over 40 years NC Beautiful has focused on merit-based programs that provide hands-on experience in preserving our resources and promoting constructive action toward environmental challenges.

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