Cape Gazette

Planting Hope Garden to host tree-lighting Dec. 10

Dec 09, 2013

The public is invited to a free tree-lighting celebration Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Planting Hope for Delaware Garden at the Delaware Health and Social Services Herman Holloway Campus, 1901 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle.

The Light the Lights event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature opportunities to decorate the garden - a community project to develop accessible gardens for people of all abilities and to provide fresh, healthy food. Attendees will be welcomed with free warm cider and snacks.

People are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to Wilmington-area food closets. Secretary of Health and Social Services Rita Landgraf will lead the tree-lighting at 4:15 p.m. The tree was donated by Coleman’s Christmas Tree Farm of Middletown.

“This celebration is a great way for us to encourage the community to visit the garden year-round,” Landgraf said. “As good neighbors, we want the public to feel welcome coming to our Holloway Campus. But our greater hope is that people who join us in celebrating the holiday season will also help us to build healthier communities.”

“The Planting Hope in Delaware partnership helps more people gain access to fresh Delaware-grown foods and benefit from working in the soil, one of the most therapeutic exercises of all,” said Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee.

To get to the Planting Hope in Delaware garden, enter the Herman Holloway Campus from U.S. 13 and take the first exit from the traffic circle onto Tarumianz Turn. Take the left onto Calle Carmen Nazario, and turn right onto Debnam Drive at the T intersection. Turn left into the parking lot, and the garden is across the street.

The Planting Hope in Delaware Garden is a joint project of the Delaware Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Social Services.


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