Delaware Center for Horticulture Celebrates National NeighborWoods Month

Event on October 15 sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
Wilmington, DE (October 1, 2008)- The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) will host a dinner and awards program on Wednesday, October 15 to celebrate the volunteer efforts of Wilmington’s Tree Stewards in neighborhoods throughout the City. The Trees for Wilmington (TFW) coalition, part of the Wilmington Beautification Commission, will also unveil plans for a major expansion of tree planting and tree care efforts. This event is one of dozens of tree appreciation and re-greening efforts throughout the country each October during NeighborWoods Month, a project of the Alliance for Community Trees, of which DCH is member.


“Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests,” said DCH Executive Director Pam Sapko. The event will be held at the Center for Horticulture from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at 1810 N. Dupont Street, just behind Trolley Square. It is free and open to the public. Please call to pre-register.
“Having local organizations like DCH participate in National NeighborWoods Month helps us support the burgeoning urban forestry movement,” said ACT Executive Director Alice Ewen Walker. The Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of 120 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. NeighborWoods Month is sponsored through a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation. “National NeighborWoods Month offers a unique opportunity for people to understand the contributions of trees to the health, beauty and livability of their communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “By partnering with local NeighborWoods organizations like DCH, The Foundation is able to further its goals of investing in the overall health and success of our communities.”
The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) cultivates greener communities by inspiring appreciation and improvement of the environment through horticulture, education and conservation. Founded in 1977, the Center’s site in the Trolley Square neighborhood of Wilmington includes a 1.5 acre educational demonstration garden, a 3,000 volume lending library, an art gallery, a lecture hall and a greenhouse. DCH supports 15 active community gardens throughout the city of Wilmington; beautifies Delaware’s roadsides with native vegetation; maintains the landscaping of many urban gateways, corridors, and streetscapes; leads regional conservation projects to enhance Delaware’s urban forest; and provides educational programs for children, teens, and adults. For more information, visit www.dehort.org
Related Resources:
Local NeighborWoods Month Event Media Advisory
National NeighborWoods Month Media Advisory