Friday September 21, 2012

Gardeners know that the benefits of gardening extend well beyond the beauty of the flowers. Project Native spends each growing season talking about the importance of native plants for biodiversity and ecological health.

Gardens can also positively influence human health. People often talk about the feelings of peace and gratitude they feel while in the garden, and visitors flock to public gardens to walk and sit among colorful blooms, to smell the fragrances and watch wildlife.

This October, Project Native wants to share the health-giving benefits of a garden with one person who needs it. Cancer is reaching epidemic proportions, and this illness has touched the lives of each person at Project Native.

Project Native hopes to help ease the burden with a free native garden installation for someone battling cancer.

Ann Borsello, who was Project Native's 2011 garden recipient, said she looks forward to seeing her garden realize its full grandeur again next spring.

"It's like the birth of something, like a child or a grandchild," she said. "It is something to look forward to next summer, I hope."

Project Native will accept nominations until Oct. 1 and choose this year's recipient by Oct. 5. To nominate someone battling cancer who could benefit from the gift of a garden, visit Project Native's website, www.projectnative.org, and click on Native Garden Give away.


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Project Native is a non-profit native plant nursery, wildlife sanctuary and environmental education organization in Housatonic. Friday September 21, 2012

n Nominees must be within a 25-mile radius of Project Native.

n Nominees should be full-time residents of Berkshire, Columbia or Litchfield County.

n Project Native will install the garden in the month of October.

n Project Native's Garden donation will include a site visit, garden design, garden preparation, plant material and installation.

n Gardens will be about 120 square feet.

n Project Native cannot be responsible for garden maintenance.

For additional information, call (413) 274-3433.